"When The Saints Go Marching In" is another simple tune which makes a good note-learning exercise on the piano, also helping you develop your familiarity with the finger numbers. Learn and memorize it in C, F, and G, hands separately and hands together.
By learning it in different keys and playing both hands, you are developing some of the most basic piano, fingering, and keyboard awareness skills.
Instructions for learning a piece on the piano:
-play each line with right hand (fingerings written above note names) until it is easy and/or memorized.
-play each line with left hand (fingerings written below note names) until it is easy and/or memorized.
-play each line with both hands until it is easy and/or memorized.
-string the lines together until you can play the whole piece. Keep it slow until you are comfortable and familiar with it. Then, start playing it faster, working up to an appropriate tempo for that piece.
-Regardless of tempo, relax your arms & shoulders and keep it smooth and flowing.
[The tunes listed in the "free piano lessons" portion of this website provide a fun way for beginners to begin getting to know their way around the piano keyboard. By learning a bunch of simple tunes and learning to play them hands-separately and hands-together, as well as in at least 3 different keys, a new piano player not only learns the layout of the notes, but also begins to develop knowledge and confidence in piano fingerings. Along the way, you are working on the ability to learn and memorize melodies on the keys. Add a bit of work with a metronome and you begin developing a sense for steady rhythm, as well as the ability to work with an extremely valuable tool. Together, these elements will become part of a solid foundation of basic skills needed for more advanced piano playing in the future.]
To see how your work here fits into your piano-playing foundation, read "Piano Player... You".
"Saints" in key of C (sing along to establish proper rhythm):
"Saints" in key of F (sing along to establish proper rhythm):
B-flat is the black note to the left (a half-step down) of B.]
"Saints" in key of G (sing along to establish proper rhythm):
For more on this tune, click here.
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