Help for Piano Level 4

Piano Level 4 Help

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Beginner Piano Level 4

In Level 4 you will be using a large range of notes. Both hands may be required to move to play the appropriate notes. The right hand plays the melody (tune) and the left hand plays the accompaniment. Occasionally the roles reverse. The right hand reads from the top stave and the left hand reads from the bottom stave. The pieces of piano sheet music in Level 4 have either 2, 3 or 4 beats in a bar. A new time signature of 6/8 is introduced.

Level 4 Music Notation

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6/8 Time Signature

6/8 means 6 quavers in a bar, divided into 2 groups of 3 quavers. It has the feel of a march.

3 Linked Quavers

In 6/8, 3 linked quavers take up half a bar.  To feel the rhythm, say:  “pin-ap-ple

Crotchet then Quaver

In 6/8, a crotchet then quaver take up half a bar. To feel the rhythm, say: “pea—–ches”

Dotted Crotchet

In 6/8, a dotted crotchet takes up half a bar. To feel the rhythm, say: “plum”

Key Signature of C Major or A Minor

The key signature with no sharps or flats is used by both C Major and A Minor.

Key Signature of G Major or E Minor

The key signature with one sharp is used by both G major and E minor. The sharp written in the key signature is ALWAYS F sharp.

Key Signature of D Major or B Minor

The key signature with two sharps is used by both D major and B minor. The two sharps written in the key signature are ALWAYS F sharp and C sharp.

Key Signature of F Major or D Minor

The key signature with one flat is used by both F major and D minor. The flat written in the key signature is ALWAYS B flat.

Key Signature of B Flat Major or G Minor

The key signature with two sharps is used by both B flat major and G minor. The two sharps written in the key signature are ALWAYS B flat and E flat.

Triplet Quavers

Triplet quavers are written as 3 linked quavers with a bracket and a number 3. This means play 3 quavers in the time of 2 quavers. They are played quicker than regular quavers. To feel the rhythm, say: “Pin-ap-ple” or “Ev-en-ly”