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I prefer "Ta" not "and"
by: Kevin

I have studied piano for a few years now and one of the best things my instructor did was teach me to count using "Ta" and not "and". He believed, as I do now, that using "and" is not effective when you play without using an metronome. I count going 1 ta 2 ta 3 ta 4 ta. When I use "and" my timing goes off it seems. Try it once and see if it works better for you.

It's my pleasure!
by: David from www.piano-play-it.com

Hi Mitchell,

I'm glad I could help you with it.
For those of you who'd like to watch this video, it's on the eighth note page...
Click here to go to the Eighth note page.

Guys, I'd be really delighted to see your progress.
Please post videos of you playing stuff I've been teaching you.

I'm so curious to see how you're doing.

Best regards
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by: Mitchell

YOU ROCK David!!! The video on eighth notes really helped clarify many of my questions and now I feel comfortable enough to practice, knowing I'm doing it right. REALLY APPRECIATE IT, THANK YOU AND ALL THOSE WHO CONTRIBUTE IN MAKING THESE LESSONS...as for me, time to stop chatting and get to work, thanks!

by: David from www.piano-play-it.com

I've been planning to make this tutorial in the coming week, so stay tuned.

I'm glad I could assist you...
Hope to see a video of you playing something here in the future. Would be great to see your progress.

Till soon..


Eighth notes
by: Mitchell

It would be great to see your upcoming video on eighth notes have examples of reading the eighth note on the grand staff(on both hands).AND ONCE AGAIN THANK YOU FOR THE INFO AND THE QUICK RESPONSES!

Counting Eight Notes with Both Hands
by: David from www.piano-play-it.com

Hi Mitchell,

The answer to your question lies in the correct way to practice reading notes on the grand staff.

Playing with both hands is like having a good relationship. Each hand has to know its part clearly before it can join the other hand.

So, if I were you I would first take the right hand at the beginning and then the left hand (Or vice versa - did you think about starting with the left hand which is often less skilled?)
and read the whole piece through out.

In long pieces I'd focus on reading each four bars apart. Four lines often conclude a musical line unless the composer streches them.

Once I'd get the hand of the each hand apart I'd start practicing with both hands together.

Now you must understand that when you count "one and two and.." the rhythm actually applies for both hands.

The grand staff is a visual graph that shows us which notes you have to play on a certain beat.
When you have to play one note on the right hand and another on the left hand simultaneously the notes will appear one under the other.

So basically you'll count "one and two and" for both hands. However, it's best to practice each hand apart at first since reading both hands right from the start will be too much information to process from first look.

I hope I made my point clear. Don't hesitate to ask me further questions.

Good luck mate!

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