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Piano for dummies - Blake N.

Blake N. Piano for dummies - IDG, 1996. - 353 p.
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Playing with your left hand, or both hands together, is considerably more difficult than just right-hand playing. But you have no need to fake your way through a career. You can show those phoneys how a real player does it! In this chapter, I tell you how to get both hands jamming together. Save your band some money: Fire the bass player.
In this chapter, I refer to your fingers with the numbers 1 through 5. Your right and left hands are abbreviated as “RH” and “LH.” I’m not quite sure how much space these abbreviations save, but I do know that my editors are really, really happy about it.
If you consider middle C the middle of the piano, you can think of the keys to the right of middle C as the East Side and the keys to the left of middle C as the West Side. (Turn to Chapter 4 if you need help locating middle C.) It’s time to turn and head west.
To explore the lower keys, acquaint yourself with the bass clef. Chapter 4 has some easy ways to remember the lines and spaces on this often neglected staff. But the best way to figure out this staff is to dig in and start playing. You soon recognize each line and space by sight, without even thinking about it.
Exploring the West Side
Part III: One Hand at a Time
Moving into position
In Chapter 7,1 show you two positions for the right hand: the C and G positions. These positions are the same for the left hand, but this time, C position has LH 5 (pinky) occupying the C below middle C, the second space up on the bass clef staff. In G position, LH 5 moves down to G, the bottom line of the staff. Figure 9-1 shows you the proper placement for C position.
C D EF G Middle C
Change your life by switching hands
if you aren't left-handed by nature, start using Lefty to perform everyday tasks you normally perform with your right hand. For example, use your left hand to perform any of these day-to-day tasks:
Open doors
Flip channels on the TV remote
Steer your automobile (just be careful)
* Hand people money (especially me, if we happen to meet)
Brush your teeth
.s Open tightly-sealed pickle jars (good luck)
By consciously switching hands for a couple of weeks, you subconsciously make your left hand stronger, more versatile, and more independent.
Chapter* Hey, Don't ForgetLafty! 109
Getting used to the neui neighborhood
For a quick (and stimulating) drill, Figure 9-2 helps limber up the left-hand fingers in C position. Sing or say out loud the name of each note as you play it. Seeing, playing, saying, and hearing all at once go a long way in helping you remember the notes on the staff.
523 2 132 4 543 2 121
CDEEF GEFFD CDEEF GAG 243 5 354 315 4 5
m m ’ - 0 i—
—r— • tp=s a — i_—m I—• f
5' ’ U F D E E C 3 2 15 1 D B C 3 2 15 1—■ 1— D G B B D 12 3 5 c 4 1
Figure 9-2:
How the
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West was 9* m ^ won. ! =—
Figure 9-3 features a similar workout, but in G position. Again, remember to sing each note out loud. Never mind what those around you think of your rantings and ravings — they’re just jealous that you can play the piano.
513 2435 3123 4
9:4 —j-H— - " —d— I—r > J—d
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10 Part III: One Hand at a Time
Playing More than drifts vOith \/our Left Hand
You have several options with your left hand: You can play scales, melodies, simple one-note harmonies, chords, or just plain cool-sounding accompaniment patterns. That’s not just a sales pitch — they really are cool-sounding. I show you single-note harmonies and chords in Chapters 10 and 11; in this section, 1 concentrate on scales, melodies, and patterns.
South ~pau! scales
I know scales aren’t the most exciting things to play, but please be patient.
By playing left-hand scales you unwittingly master the following music essentials:
J1 Reading the bass clef
J’ Playing with the correct fingering
J1 Using nifty patterns and harmonies
J1 Realizing how much you miss playing with the right hand
Start with some major and minor scales by reading and playing along with Figure 9-4. (Chapter 8 tells you all about major and minor scales.) As with right-handed playing, remember to use the correct fingerings as indicated by the numbers above each note. How and when you cross your fingers is very important for obtaining a smooth sound and comfortable left-hand technique. Good luck.
C major: Cross Cross g major:
5 4 3 2 1~3 2 1 2 3~Î 2 3 4 5
F major:
A minor:
Figure 9-4:
Scaling up with your left hand.
E minor:
D minor:
Chapter 9: Hey, Don't Forget Lefty!
Playing scale fragments is one of the most common ways to accompany a right-handed melody. The notes in Figure 9-5 are fragments of major, minor, and blues scales. This piano playing could start sounding pretty darn groovy after a while.
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