Both Hands Together on the Grand Staff: Steps and Repeats
Now, let's practice both hands together. Both thumbs ( finger 1) are placed on the
same note, middle C, the other fingers 2 and 3 in each hand is placed on
their keys (D and E in your right hand and B and A in your left). Remember to keep a cupped hand position, and that all
fingertips should rest on a key even when they are not used.
Here is the "middle c" position on the piano with both hands:
And here is a little exercise to practice note reading with both hands. Observe how the notes move in steps and repeats, up and down. Sing
along the note names, and notice how the notes moving up get a higher pitch (means how high or low the tone is), and the notes moving down get a lower pitch:
Adding A Note
-Ready for more? OK. Let’s add one more piano key for finger number 4 in both hands.
- Finger 4 in your right hand pays treble F,
- and finger 4 in your left hand plays bass G.
In the following example you will also use half notes. They last for two beats. This time, count “1” for each quarter note, and hold each half note for 2 beats, while you count 1-2. Play slow and steady and count as you play!
Adding One More Note
Easy? Thought so. Let’s add one more finger, number 5 (pinkie) in both
hands. Observe that each finger 5 is now playing each of the notes that
the clefs are also showing us. (See the arrows.)
- The treble, or G-clef tells us where G
is. You play treble G with your right hand finger 5.
- And the bass, or F-clef where the lower F is. You play bass F with your right hand finger 5.
Here is an exercise using all 5 fingers in both hands. This example also uses the whole note. The whole note lasts for four beats, count: “1-2-3-4” while you hold that note. Keep a steady beat. And...sing along those note names!