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CN - METODO PARA PIANO - InICIANTES - Play Piano in a Flash! (Fake Book Playing From Pbs Show)

CN - METODO PARA PIANO - InICIANTES - Play Piano in a Flash! (Fake Book Playing From Pbs Show)

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We now need to put both 1) the ability to read one note at a
time in the treble clef, and 2) the fact that we can learn a few chords,
to use in the real world. It’s time to pull out some music and start
giving it a little closer inspection. Typical piano sheet music looks
something like this:

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44
44

œ œ œ œ œ œ

C

c

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œ œ œ œ ˙

C

c

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œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ œ

F

f

C

c

˙˙˙ ˙˙˙

œ œ œ œ ˙

G7

Ì

C

c

˙˙˙˙

˙˙˙

Rather than just looking at it as a whole and thinking “Whoa,
that looks like that stuff that kept me from playing piano in the frst
place…”, let’s dissect it into a few pieces to make it more manageable.
Starting at the top above everything else, you see some letters, or (yup,
you guessed it) CHORD SYMBOLS! Yippee!!! That is where you
will always fnd chord symbols. They are always up above the lines
of music. So, in this tune, the chords you would need to learn are
C, F, and G7.

Right below the chord symbols you see boxes with lines and dots
in them. Those are guitar chord charts which tell what fnger to put

46 Play Piano in a Flash

on what string at which fret. As a piano player you can totally ignore
them. Sometimes you won’t fnd them in your music anyway.

A little rant coming up here… It always cracks me up
when I have serious piano players give me grief about
teaching chords using the chord diagrams I have suggested
you use. They think it is somehow “not musically sound” since
you are not using notation to learn your chords.

I always want to come back with “Well then, go talk to
guitar players, because they get little diagrams actually
printed right in the notation!”

It would be the equivalent of me coming out with a whole
product line of sheet music that had our little chord dia-
grams printed right below every chord symbol. Hmmmm…
now that’s not a bad idea at all…

As an aside…

Below the chord symbols and guitar chord charts is the traditional
music notation. You see that there are 2 sets of 5 lines (the staffs).
The top set is the treble clef (because it has that curvy “S” symbol at
the beginning) and the lower set is the bass clef (because it has the
backward “C” symbol at the beginning).

We’ll be paying close attention to the treble clef (top;) however, in
the unbelievably good news department, YOU CAN TOTALLY (yes,
I said totally) IGNORE THE BASS CLEF. Just to keep you doing
cartwheels out of joy for the next few moments I’ll reiterate: You will
never have to read the bass clef ever again. Yeee hah!!!!!

Let's Get Down to Business & Start Playing! 47

So to summarize, out of all the gobbledy-gook that makes up
traditional piano sheet music, all you need to pay attention to are
the chord symbols and the notes in the treble clef. You can totally
ignore everything else.

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