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A Simple Tune - Played on the Black Keys

Updated on January 15, 2015

A Simple Song - I will call it the 'Dee Dee Dee Pum Pum Song'

When I was a small child, my older sister showed me how to find three black keys grouped together on the keyboard.

It makes no difference which three you pick. They all will work.

These three keys are the middle of your musical piece.

Then, locate the black pair of keys on the left and the black pair of keys on the right.

To play, you will use your hand balled into a fist and you will roll across the keys with your knuckles of your right hand.

[if you are more comfortable using your left hand, do it]

[you roll the three keys then bump one of the pairs - The single key you tap will be the one in the same direction that you are rolling]

Make a fist. Find the group of three black keys, and, moving from right to left starting with the far right key,

roll across the three keys and then tap on one of the pair [the right key] to the left - twice

Do it again.

Then, switch direction and roll to the right, and tap on one of the pair [the left key] to the right - twice

do it again.


press the two keys to the right and the next three keys in succession, pressing the third of the three, three times.

There. You'll now played the song I know.

Then you'll need the three keys and the one to the right.

You'll need to sit down

Yes. A bench, a bigger keyboard.. once you become serious about this playing, you're going to need an upgrade!

The vase sits on top of your keyboard and people can throw tips in there, like all their spare change.

Good luck!

Chopsticks is another simple tune, although complicated.

This one is played on the white keys, only.

You need to find the two keys to the left of the black keys.

Put your pointer finger of your left hand on the left key, and your pointer finger of your right hand on the right key.

Here's where it gets a little tricky. You will be using the four fingers of each hand, two at a time, at the same time.

Tap your left finger on the left key, while tapping your right-handed finger on the right key. Tap them at the same time eight times.

Then, using the same rhythm, take the left and right middle fingers and tap them both eight times on the next keys.

Then, using the same rhythm, use your left and right ring fingers, and tap the next two keys, eight times.

Then, last but not least, tap your left and right baby fingers twice and tap your ring fingers both once, the middle fingers both once, the pointer fingers both once, and now go back to the beginning of this rhythm and begin this again.

This is an incredibly COMPLICATED Chopsticks.. Enjoy!!



Excellent choice for online learning. Piano Nanny helped me learn quite a bit about the piano.

I took piano lessons when I was a child. I walked to the neighbor's house and she would sit you at her piano and acquaint you with the notes. She took pride in teaching extremely difficult pieces. Mendelsohn was one that she would show you how to play.

She would teach notes by teaching little ditties to help me remember. Eat A Darn Good Breakfast Early and F A C E were the two I remember. There was another one I remember, but I think it was for the guitar. Every Good Boy Does Fine.

My point is that I had troubles with piano lessons because at home we did not have a piano. We had a multi-keyboard electronic organ which was confusing to me. So, I was unable to practice effectively. I learned quite a bit in my hour of lessons, but, was not able to transfer my new knowledge when I would get home.

Piano Nanny helped me reconnect with piano music through my computer. It will help you, too!


Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star and the ABC Song...

I had heard that the Alphabet song was contrived by two elementary school teachers. First the children were taught the song 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" or "Baa Baa Black Sheep" and then, once they were familiar with singing them, then, they started teaching them the sing-song 'Ay bee see dee eee eff gee ache eye jay kay el em en nope pee que are ess tee you vee double you ex why zee, now I've said my ABC's, next time won't you sing with me.

Historically, according to experts, in the year 1835, Charles Bradlee, a Boston-based music publisher copyrighted the alphabet song. It was given the title ‘The A.B.C., a German air with variations for the flute with an easy accompaniment for the piano forte’. The tune for the alphabet song is the same as that used for the two popular rhymes, ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’ and ‘Baa Baa Black Sheep’. If you had not realized that they are the same tune, try singing these rhymes and the alphabet song and you will know that it is indeed the same tune!

Mozart is also credited for composing the timeless tune.


Fun Brain - The Piano Player

If you like playing games, you will LOVE playing Fun Brain. You get to be quizzed on piano notes. I found it to be fun!

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    • JoanieMRuppel54 profile image

      Joanie Ruppel 

      6 years ago from Keller, Texas

      Love your lens! I teach Early Childhood Music and always use the ABC song and Twinkle Twinkle together. Great learning tool.

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      Cheryl Paton 

      8 years ago from West Virginia

      A played your simple song; that was a fun little tune.


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