The Magic 12 (Repost)

In this lesson we explore the piano keyboard with our left hand. There are only seven white notes and five black notes that we need to locate and learn. We discuss how the group of five black notes are arranged into a group of 2 and a group of 3. We learn to scan and find these five black notes (‘Home Position‘) in order to locate Middle C. We then slide our hand down from the five black notes to land with our little finger on Middle C, and then play the seven white notes C, D, E, F, G, A, and B. At this point we can play all twelve notes of the piano (the Magic 12). The ability to find Home Position and Middle C is extremely important because it prepares our left hand for playing jazz chords in a range just above Middle C.

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