October 21, 2015 By: amyswanderingcommentI have 5 kids, 1 keyboard, 1 guitar, 1 ukulele, and several layers of dust.
This colorful book starts with how to play the treble staff with the right hand, then the bass staff with the left hand, and finally combines the two after they are mastered. My husband and I lived in Dublin for a year before we got married, so we are quite fond of Irish music. Music Placemat – an easy way to learn about the instruments we hear in beautiful Christmas carols.
Download Mary Had a Little Lamb with easy-to-read keyboard music notesThere is so much you can do with this song! Add a LH chordAfter the melody is well in hand, we start trying out an open C chord (c & g) with the LH (left hand), pressing the chord on beat 1 of each measure.
With chord symbolsNow it's time to enlist this song in a new cause - transposing!After a few months, when Mary Lost and Found is second nature, I come back to it again with an entirely new mission -- transposing.
More songs for transposingWhen they're through with Mary Had a Little Lamb, I always have them help me pick the next piece to transpose. Starting to learn beautiful chord patternsThe last thing I use MHaLL for is chord pattern practice. It is a stepping stone to greater thingsOne of my favorite piano studio stories happened the year the movie "Titanic" came out.
Do you have a funny story about this music, or does it remind you of something you'd like to share with other readers? I NEED HELP! I'm 13 and I need some basic popular songs but I can't find any PLEASE HELP. I Don't Get the Piano Keys Umm I'm 12 and I don't get 123 does it mean C when there's white key black key white key black key when u play C??? My Son is Hooked I've been introducing piano to my son on and off for a year or so, but he's not had much interest. My kids have played around with all of these instruments using youtube videos, but we simply don’t have the money for weekly private lessons. I carefully researched the options¬†before placing my order, hoping that I made wise choices.
As best I can, I’ve tried to look at these books through the eyes of someone who has no musical experience.
The DVD is a big help for visual learners, and playing along with the CD helps set the pace.

The DVD allows the student to study finger placement, and playing along with the Cd helps train the ear. Level F for piano – The Coventry Carol, The Holly and the Ivy, Jingle Bell Rag, Rise Up Shepherd and Follow, Silent Night, We Three Kings of Orient Are, We Wish You a Merry Christmas, What Child Is This?
For the price of a few weeks of private lessons for one child, all 5 of my kids are learning how to play multiple instruments.
You can download the score of the song right here and check various instrument arrangements in different keys. Usually I will have them "be" the LH while I play the RH, just to show them how it sounds, telling them that we'll try adding it to Mary Had a Little Lamb next lesson. The melody is so easy, that when it comes time for them to stretch themselves a little and start using broken chords in the LH, MHaLL is the perfect song.
I cannot thank you enough for the free collection of piano sheet music that you created here. They need to know the names of all the notes & symbols and how to actually read music instead of just memorize notes. The lessons are easy enough to understand, but it gets confusing for them when they are trying to read & learn, assume the correct positions, and follow the notes. Browsing through their big-as-a-phone-book catalog is something I look forward to every summer. In fact, it will increase their comfort playing pieces by memory, or "by heart," as we sometimes call it. That's for later, when they've got pretty solid.) They will frequently come back to their next lesson having played this LH pattern all week long with their favorite hand,the right hand. I am a piano teacher in New Orleans, LA and in the process of putting together my own curriculum and recordings. The kids and residents loved it and the parents were very pleased with the service aspect of their children's performance as well.
I'm a voice and piano teacher and to have so many pieces in one place- for many different levels- is a Godsend. The music lesson books each have an overview of these things, but only the guitar book includes adequate music theory instruction. My favorite song on that DVD is Mairi’s Wedding, so I might have squealed a little¬†when I discovered it was one of the 30 songs in this little book. If they have been doing pentascales, it's easy for them to go "5, 4, 3, 2, 1" with the LH, and then hit 5 and 1 together.

This is rote, with the ear helping out.First D major -- I play it for them, with the necessary f#, and ask if they notice anything different.
The keys of Ab and Db will feel similar to each other, but Bb and Eb will be a bit of a challenge.
This is the song I use when kids are ready to start playing the pattern I call "broken chord stretch," which will open up the world of playing really beautiful chord songs to them.
Thank you for the time and effort you have put in to make this so easily available to all of us stressed music teachers!!! We just do it again, and maybe have THEM try the melody of Mary Had a Little Lamb to it right then,so there will be no mistaking which hand does which.
It seems necessary to stress that"bottom" and "low" are LEFT on the piano ("where the men sing"), and "top" and "high" are RIGHT on the piano ("where the women and children sing"). With D, and then Dm a week or two later, I make a big deal about how it is the "3" finger that makes all the difference. If they are not yet grasping the formula for building a pentatonic major scale (Tonic, whole, whole, half, whole) then I draw little hollow circles on their lesson sheet to represent the 5 notes of MHaLL, and color in the ones that should be black keys with pen or pencil (or let them do it). However, I often wait for the second or third transposed song before I have them try transposing into the black-note keys, especially if there was a struggle learning it!
Even if the "Tonic, whole, whole, half, whole," is hard for them, we still say it together and make the scale at the lesson. Even older transfer students who read into Level 3 music have been known to have difficulties.
That changes the key from major to minor, and gives the song a sad or melancholy feeling, or even a hint of danger. Some kids are electrified by this tiny change, and the power it gives them to create a mood! But they will all enjoy it, especially when you ask them to put the pedal down and play it up high.Mary Had a Little Lamb is TRANSFORMED. And we get to use the same open LH C chord.Now contrast major with minorWhen they are comfortable with that, then their assignment becomes to play "Mary Lost and Found" -- first sad (minor), then happy (back to major).
Very popular with kids.Adding in the V7 chordThe next change we make is adding a little G7 chord that I call a "pinch" chord.

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