Here’s a nice simple one that lots of people will know when you play it. Easy, step-by-step instructions. I’ve added the note sheet above the video for those who like things that way, too.
I’ve put a handful of these videos up now – how are you finding them? Are you able to play the songs I teach? Is the training too slow, too fast or about right? Was it any help that I added the note names to this video? Please let me know your thoughts by commenting below.
A new video for you today – the theme tune from the cartoon series ‘Top Cat’ – one of my childhood favourites:
Let me know how you get on with it, and feel free to suggest any simple tunes for future videos!
If you’re still learning the names of the notes on your piano, here’s a printable guide I made for you. Many thanks to my good friend Sandie Barker who gave me the idea. The note names are clear and you also have the treble clef and bass clef notes to help you:
piano key overlays
Simply download the file here, print out onto paper or card and trim the two sections as shown. They will fit nicely behind the keys of most pianos and full-size keyboards. Put them in the centre of your piano and make sure you line up the pattern of black keys correctly, as shown in the picture.
I think these are a much better alternative to putting stickers on the keys of your beloved instrument. I would strongly recommend that you don’t put stickers on the keys of your piano or keyboard, even if the instructions say ‘easy to remove’ or ‘won’t leave marks’. I have seen keys ruined by them! These overlays can be removed and replaced whenever you need them.
One word of advice – use these key guides only for as long as you need them. Get to know your notes and then remove them when you can!
Here’s the next video in my step-by-step series, this time it’s the Flintstones! Follow the notes carefully, and pay particular attention to using the same finger numbers that I use.
Have fun – and get in touch if you need any help or if you have any suggestions to improve the videos.