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How to Play Für Elise | Video plus Sheet Music w Letters & Notes Together

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Für Elise – Main Theme – REFERENCE VIDEO

GRAPHICALLY illustrated on a piano keyboard (with sound)

~ Slow Tempo ~

For reference and learning

Hello from Kent!

Today I’m sharing an older YouTube video of mine, from around 2010.

This video (at bottom) covers the MAIN SECTION of ‘Für Elise’ by Beethoven, as illustrated in slow-motion (with pitch-corrected sound) on a keyboard.

I generated this video  from my Complete ‘Für Elise’ Sheet Music with Letters, which I sell HERE (on this website). 

MY SHEET MUSIC BELOW (AS OPPOSED TO THE VIDEO), COVERS THE ENTIRE PIECE (NOT JUST THE THEME).  

Here’s the clickable product image (on this site), for details:

ABOUT THE VIDEO

This video (below) is a very slow sheet music playback of the main section, or theme, of Für Elise by Ludwig v. Beethoven  (not a human performance).

The graphic animation of the keyboard itself is at slow-motion speed, BUT, the pitch of the music is normal.  This means all the notes you hear (and what you see highlighted) are the exact pitches, as notated in the sheet music.

This video can serve as a visual and audible reference tool, to help keep your bearings on the keyboard, and to make sure you’re reading the sheet music right, as regards matching the notes on the page to the keys on your piano.

Since this is a sheet music playback, and not a performance, you can hear all the notes (with slowed-down tempo) correctly,  but there is no human expression.  Therefore, I highly recommend using high-quality recordings of this piece, as your reference for all the artistic performance aspects.

This video can also be helpful for those who play piano entirely by ear. In this case, it is still not meant to be used as a model for performance, but more as a source for finding all the right notes, and for observing how things are timed (even though this version is played very slowly, it strictly observes all the rhythmic aspects of the original piece, as notated in the formal sheet music).

The TOP and BOTTOM KEYBOARDS –  Why two?

The TOP keyboard graphic shows the RIGHT-HAND PART, and the bottom keyboard shows the LEFT-HAND part.

This is based on how the piece was notated, and how it is typically performed.  With Für Elise in particular, I found this to be a good format for clarity and learning. The main sections of Für Elise have a very interesting relationship between the two hands–which is more apparent, I hope, when visually dividing the keyboard in this way.  I welcome your opinion!

– Kent

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Memorizing Piano Scales? ENTER: The Amazing Tetrachord!

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Hello from Kent!

Today I’m sharing a piano lesson that I first published on YouTube in 2016, I think it was.  

It’s extremely helpful to have both a visual and an aural mastery of the Major Scale, in each of the 12 keys,  if you want to become “fluid” at  reading sheet music.

My video lesson below (on YouTube) describes a SIMPLE, VISUAL MEANS of learning ALL MAJOR SCALES on piano or keyboard, based on just ONE FOUR-NOTE PATTERN from music theory, called the MAJOR TETRACHORD. Being able to SEE the notes of any given scale on the piano, in your mind’s eye, is very helpful for improvisation–and also when READING SHEET MUSIC, in ALL KEYS. When reading sheet music, this pattern-based IMAGE of the KEY (or SCALE) that you’re in (such as C Major, or Bb Major) will boost your reading speed and accuracy by leaps and bounds. Knowing the LOOK and FEEL of each of these TWELVE major scales “with your eyes shut,” is really critical to good sight reading, especially.

Enjoy!

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‘Clair de Lune’ Sheet Music | Letters & Notes Together | from ‘Read Piano Music Now’

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Hello from Kent!

Today, I’m very pleased to announce the Complete ‘Clair de Lune‘ by Claude Debussy:  Exclusive, professionally compiled and engraved sheet music for piano, with letter note-names provided for each note.

The product link above has all the important details about this sheet music, available now for PDF download.

In a nutshell, this is the complete Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy (the third of four movements from a larger piece, called Suite Bergamasque).

Each note is labelled with its musically accurate letter name, such as G, F#, Bb.

Visit our on-site Sheet Music Shop HERE – it’s growing fast!

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