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Piano Lessons For Beginners: Lesson Six

Updated on August 28, 2012
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Piano lesson six takes you out of the C hand position into the key of G major. Playing in keys is one of the ways you can learn how to move around the piano keyboard. You're still using 5-note ranges in both hands, so once you find the G positions it should be pretty easy to play this piece.

Before we begin, here's a quick Piano Players Quiz for you to have a go at... just for fun :)

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Get Moving

Ok, now let's get down to business.

In this lesson we're going to learn how to play a song called "Lightly Row." It's a traditional piano piece played by lots of beginner students. This version, though, has been transposed to the key of G major to give you a bit of a challenge. Before you start to play the song, make sure you know where the G position is on your keyboard.

Check the nearby picture to make it easier. Your left hand little finger should be on the G below middle C, and your right hand thumb should be on G above middle C. In the picture, both G's are indicated by solid red dots, while middle C is marked with a red and black dot.

Let's Get Started

Here are the first 2 bars of the song. The first thing you’ll notice is that the left hand is now playing 2-note chords. That means there are two fingers that need to be played at the same time. I've put in some of the fingering to get you going, but you should be able to work the rest out without too much trouble.

Rising Scale

The next two bars are fairly easy to play. The right hand plays a rising scale pattern with fingers 1 to 5, while the left hand continues as before. Notice the way the left hand moves -- the top note stays the same, while the bottom note moves up one. Told you it wasn't too difficult, didn't I?

Some Repetition

The next section couldn't be easier. Recognize it? That's right, it's the same as the first section. But that isn't cheating -- lots of music relies on repetition. And after all, that makes it easier to play. Don't worry, though; the next section will keep you on your toes.

You might have noticed there weren’t any fingering marks in the last section, and there are none in this next one below. See if you can work it out by yourself.

Stay Alert!

One thing you should watch out for is the left hand rhythm. Notice how you have to play two chords in the second-last bar. And although the right hand melody looks easy enough, there are some skipped notes there. So make sure you look carefully at what you're supposed to be playing.

[Hint: The numbers 1,3 & 5 are very important in the right hand in this section.]

I hope you managed to play it well enough. You can see, play, hear and print the entire piece by following this link.

Enjoy... and see you in the next lesson.

P.S. If you missed any of the earlier lessons, why not visit Lesson One right now?


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