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  • (piano music)

  • - Hi, and welcome out to the second lesson

  • in the Do It Yourself Learn to Play Piano course.

  • Last time we talked about reading notes on the staff,

  • and this time we're going to

  • give you a little more practice

  • with what we learned last time.

  • Actually reading notes on the treble clef

  • and the bass clef.

  • Then after that I'll introduce

  • some other introductory subjects

  • before we get playing on the piano,

  • such as finger numbers.

  • With that said, let's get started.

  • Okay, so we're going to talk about finger numbers.

  • It's important to know your finger numbers,

  • because often in piano music

  • the music will tell you to play a certain note

  • with a certain finger.

  • So while this is a very simple subject,

  • it is important to go over.

  • So we have two hands,

  • and on each hand we have five fingers.

  • Now the important rule to remember

  • when counting finger numbers

  • is you always want to count from your thumb

  • to your pinkie.

  • Thumb no matter which hand you are talking about

  • is number one.

  • The next finger is going to be two,

  • three, four, and finger five.

  • That's the same with the left hand

  • and the right hand, thumb to pinkie.

  • Same thing.

  • One, two, three, four, five.

  • So remember thumbs are always going to be number one.

  • Pinkie's going to be number five,

  • and you always just count the fingers in between

  • pretty simple.

  • Now there is a little bit of confusion with this later on,

  • which I will explain once we get playing on the piano.

  • All right, and that's the finger numbers explanation.

  • Okay, so now that we know our lines and spaces

  • of the treble clef and bass clef,

  • we're going to do a little practice

  • just on the treble clef for now,

  • to make sure you get the idea and concepts.

  • So let's pull out our first example here.

  • Whenever you are looking at a note

  • you first want to ask yourself one of two questions.

  • The first one is, "Am I on treble clef or bass clef?"

  • Well I'd say we are on treble clef.

  • Remember treble clef is that fancy looking G.

  • And the second question you want to ask yourself is,

  • "Are you on a line or a space?"

  • Looking at this one, I would say

  • that we are on a line,

  • and specifically we're on that first line.

  • So, if you remember your lines of the treble clef,

  • are E, G, B, D, and F.

  • Always remember to count from the bottom line

  • to the top line.

  • I would say that this example over to the right here,

  • this is the first line,

  • so let's take a look over here again.

  • I would say that this note,

  • our first line here is an E.

  • So therefore when you see this

  • you know to play the note E.

  • All right, another example,

  • let's find one here.

  • I think this one's a good one.

  • Again, you want to ask yourself,

  • "Treble clef or bass clef?"

  • I would say treble clef.

  • And are you on a line or space for this one?

  • If you said line, then you are correct,

  • and specifically this one is on the

  • second line up from the bottom.

  • So you'll look over here with our paper,

  • and our second one up from the bottom

  • is going to be G.

  • All right, another example here.

  • I think this one is a good one.

  • Here you go, and this one

  • treble clef or bass clef?

  • It's say treble.

  • And this, is it on a line or a space?

  • If you said space you're correct.

  • Specifically, it's on that first space.

  • So we're actually going to be looking down here

  • at the spaces of the treble clef this time.

  • And you're going to look at the first one that we have

  • which is going to be F.

  • All right, another one.

  • I think this one's a good one for the next example.

  • So treble clef or base clef?

  • Of course, treble clef.

  • That's what we're working on right now.

  • And is this one on a line or a space?

  • I would say we're on a space,

  • and lets see, one, two,

  • we are on that third space up from the bottom.

  • So over here we're going to look at our paper.

  • One, two, three.

  • So that note there is going to be a C.

  • All right, a couple more.

  • So let' try this one.

  • Here we have this one.

  • Of course, treble clef.

  • This one I would say is on a line.

  • It's one, two, three,

  • that fourth line up from the bottom.

  • We're looking over here at our line on the treble clef.

  • That line is D,

  • so this note is going to be a D.

  • All right, last one.

  • Here we go, this one treble clef.

  • Space,

  • and it's going to be that top space from the bottom,

  • which as we know,

  • let's see, F, A, C, E.

  • So this note is going to be a E.

  • All right so there you have it,

  • a little bit of practice with

  • the treble clef and bass clef.

  • You can feel free to pick up a pack of flash cards

  • like the ones I have

  • off the internet or Amazon

  • anywhere you can find them.

  • Or I think there's a couple websites

  • online that can help you with note reading

  • that are really good resources.

  • I'll post links to those if I find them.

  • All right, so there you have it.

  • The lines and spaces of the treble clef.

  • Okay, so here we have the lines and spaces

  • of the bass clef again.

  • If you remember the lines are

  • G, B, D, F, and A.

  • And the spaces are A, C, E, G.

  • Knowing that we're going to practice

  • a little bit reading notes on the staff.

  • Here is our first example throw up.

  • There it is.

  • So like I said,

  • one of the first two questions

  • you want to ask yourself is one,

  • "What clef are you looking at?"

  • Well this one, since we're talking about bass clef.

  • This is definitely the bass clef symbol.

  • Funny looking comma with two dots after it.

  • If you remember what is the second question

  • you want to ask yourself.

  • And if you said, "Am I on a line or a space?",

  • that would be correct.

  • So here we are, we are on a line I would say.

  • Specifically we are on the first line.

  • We look over here to our lines and spaces.

  • So we're looking at lines.

  • So we're on that first line,

  • so that note is going to be a G.

  • Let's try another one.

  • So here we have it.

  • Bass clef,

  • and we're on a space.

  • We're on that first space.

  • So we're going to be looking over here,

  • spaces of the bass clef.

  • And oh, that's our note there.

  • So that's the first space,

  • so this note is an A.

  • Let's see here,

  • so think about it.

  • Treble clef or bass clef?

  • And then line or space?

  • So if you said bass clef, space,

  • you would definitely be correct.

  • And this on is on the second space

  • from the bottom.

  • Remember you always want to count from the bottom

  • to the top.

  • In this case the second space is going to be a C.

  • So therefore this note is C.

  • Another one here.

  • Here we go.

  • All right, so bass clef, line,

  • and we're on the third one up from the bottom.

  • So we're going to be looking here,

  • lines of the bass clef.

  • So this note is going to be D.

  • Feel free to pause the video at any time

  • if you need anymore,

  • couple more minutes to think about

  • each of these examples.

  • You can always rewind through parts of the video as well.

  • Let's try this one.

  • Here we go.

  • So think about it

  • for a second.

  • See if you can figure it out.

  • So I would say this one, bass clef.

  • Top space,

  • and so I know that this note is going to be a G.

  • Okay, last one.

  • Here we go.

  • Think about it for a second.

  • All right, so we have bass clef.

  • We are definitely on a line.

  • We're on that top line,

  • and let me see here.

  • There we go,

  • so we're going to be playing an A for this one.

  • So in future videos, once we get playing on the piano,

  • which should be pretty soon here.

  • I'll show you where on the keyboard

  • that these notes are actually played.

  • So there you have it,

  • the lines and spaces of the bass clef.

  • So there you have it,

  • lesson two out of the way.

  • We talked about some very simple things.

  • Just as a review.

  • We talked about finger numbers.

  • So take a look back at parts of the video

  • if you know you need some brushing up on that.

  • Like I said, very simple thing,

  • but very important to understand.

  • So make sure you review that,

  • and I gave you a little bit more

  • experience reading notes on the treble and bass clef,

  • on the staff.

  • Next lesson, we're going to talk about the staff

  • a little bit more.

  • I have a little bit more information

  • to divulge to you,

  • as well as finally finding notes on the piano.

  • So finally we're getting over to the keyboard.

  • We'll do that more and more every lesson,

  • and before you know it,

  • pretty soon probably next two to three lessons

  • we'll actually be playing examples on the keyboard.

  • So I hope you learned something.

  • If not, if this stuff is still too easy for you,

  • hang in there.

  • Like I said, things will,

  • I wanted to start from the very beginning,

  • and then get more complicated from there.

  • So everybody and kind of join in

  • and get on board.

  • Like I said, if you're looking for something

  • a little more complicated

  • just keep watching the videos.

  • I promise we will get there.

  • So like I said, I hope you learned something.

  • Hope you had a good time,

  • and I'll see you guys and girls next time.

  • Thank you.

(piano music)