This note will be the first one to learn. It is located on the left side of the two black keys that lay together on the keyboard. We will play it with the first finger, which is your thumb. It is very important to keep all of our fingers on the keyboard while we play it.
The staff on the top right shows how this note is written, please note that middle C is written over a ledger line and we are using the treble clef.
This is the technique you will use to play this first exercise. It is used mainly for repeated notes, in this case, Middle C, your first note.
The forearm movement is made of two very distinct stages -it’s positive and it’s negative movements-. The negative movement becomes its most important compound as it is paradoxically the one that requires the muscles to be enacted.
If you want to know more, please go to the link below where Juan Rezzuto explains in detail the characteristics of the movement:Go to Article
This video shows the music sheet you just saw in the PDF file. The beat was added to the video to help you with the beat counting.
It is very important from the very beginning to learn to play together as Music is inherently social. Also, it will improve your aural skills as you have to count the beats and at the same time listen to what the other person is playing. Here is our first duet:
Now that we have learned to play our first duet, we go will try with the second, which is slightly more challenging as the accompaniment plays different rhythms than you: