OK KEYBOARD VOL.1 – PRESENTATION OF THE COURSE – Free activities

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PROPER USE OF THE KEYBOARD WILL REQUIRE:

1 – hold the instrument at the correct height in relation to the body. The wrist and forearm must be aligned;

2 – keep your torso and head erect;

3 – when playing, do not bend your wrists up or down.

The book indicates which finger should be used to play each note (fingering). The numbers refer to the fingers of the right hand. See image: .




1 – The ‘B’ song

In track no. 1 the only note present is B, placed on the 3rd line of the staff .
To execute it with the keyboard, you must click the following key:.

The only musical figure you will find is the Semibreve, so you will have to play the notes for 4 movements while keeping quiet, again for 4 movements, when you encounter the rests.

A musical element that you will often find is the ‘refrain’, indicated by the following symbol:. It indicates the repetition of the portion of the song between the opening and closing dots. When repeating the song from the beginning, the opening refrain is not written in the score.

“In the video the song is repeated twice. The first time you hear the melody, the second time only the musical base. As you will notice by listening to the audio, you will have to play it after waiting for a few initial seconds of introduction’.


2 – The ‘C’ song

In song no. 2 you will learn about the note C, located in the 3rd space of the staff.

To execute it with the keyboard, you must click the following key: .

The only musical figure you’ll find is the semibreve (as in track no. 1), so you’ll have to play the notes for 4 movements while keeping quiet, again for 4 movements, when you encounter the rests.

“In the video the song is repeated twice. The first time you hear the melody, the second time only the musical base. As you will notice by listening to the audio, you will have to play it after waiting for a few initial seconds of introduction’.


3 – The B and C

With track no. 3 you will consolidate your knowledge of the previously learned notes, B and C. Also in this piece you will only find the musical figure Semibreve, so both notes and rests will last 4 movements.

“In the video the song is repeated twice. The first time you hear the melody, the second time only the musical base. As you will notice by listening to the audio, you will have to play it after waiting for a few initial seconds of introduction’.


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In tracks 4 and 5, knowledge of the notes already used will be consolidated.
What is new compared to previous pieces is the introduction of a new musical figure: the Minima (note and pause) lasting 2 movements. The Minima break, unlike the Semibreve break (small rectangle placed below the 4th line) is represented by a rectangle placed on the 3rd line of the stave.

Attention: in song No. 4, unlike No. 3, there is no refrain, so you have to play from beginning to end without repeating anything.


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6 – The ‘D’ song

In this piece you will learn to recognise the note D, located on the 4th line of the staff .

To execute it with the keyboard, you must click the following key:.


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In pieces 7 to 15, there will be no new musical elements. The notes used will only be B, C and D, while the musical figures will be semibreves and minims in terms of both notes and rests.


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8 – B, C, D, together!

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Beware that there is no refrain in this song!


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From track no. 16 to 26 you will become familiar with a new musical figure: the Semiminima, which has the duration of 1 movement.

The notes, which will always and only be B, C and D, must begin by using ‘the tongue stroke’, i.e. inserting the tip of the tongue into the beak, very little, i.e. just enough so as not to waste too much breath and indispensable for playing any wind instrument.

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20 – The ‘LA’ song

In this ditty, the note A is introduced in the 2nd space of the staff .

To execute it with the keyboard, you must click the following key:.

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27 – the ‘G’ song

From here on you will play the note G placed on the 2nd line of the staff.

To execute it with the keyboard, you must click the following key: .

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At the beginning of this piece you will notice that there is a new tempo: the 2/4 . In performance, there will be no difference from 4/4 pieces. The only difference is that each measure will contain notes and rests whose sum of values can never exceed 2/4 (2 movements).

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37 – Joyful joyful

Two new musical elements are introduced in this piece: the portamento slur and the musical figure of Croma.

The portamento slur is a curved line placed above or below two or more notes of different pitches. It unites them and therefore, in practice, one should not use the lung stroke for the notes following the first but play them without breaking the breath.

The second element, the chroma, has a theoretical value of 1/8. In practice, in pieces with simple tempos of 2/4, 3/4 or 4/4, both the note and the corresponding pause should be played in half movement. Accordingly, 2 quavers will fill 1 movement . Listen, paying particular attention, to the Audio with melody track in order to correctly understand its execution.

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In this piece you will find a new symbol: the value ligature. It is expressed as a curved line connecting two or more notes of the same pitch by summing their value.

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43 -When the saints go marching in

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In this piece, the only new feature is the tempo: . Placed at the beginning of these songs, it indicates that each measure/measure should contain as many notes and rests whose sum of values will be 3/4. In musical execution, nothing changes compared to the 2/4 or 4/4 time pieces we have used so far.

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45 – The ‘F’ song

From here on you will encounter a new note, F located in the 1st space of the pentagram .

To execute it with the keyboard, you must click the following key: .

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The new element that appears in this ditty is the simple point of value. It is placed to the right of the note or rest whose duration it extends by half its value .

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Attention: the tempo of the song is 2/4 !

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Through this piece you will learn the note E located on the 1st line of the staff .

To execute it with the keyboard, you must click the following key:.

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Today you will learn to play the note D below the 1st line of the staff .

To execute it with the keyboard, you must click the following key:.

This song also offers a variation on the refrain: . Start playing by going from square 1, then you will have to play the refrain which, in this case will be from square 1, continue playing remembering that the second time you will no longer have to go from square 1 but go directly to square 2 and then continue and finish.

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Pay attention to 3/4 time and notes with the simple dot (3 movements).

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Like song 72 pay attention to the chorus: start playing by going to square 1, then play the chorus from the beginning of the song, keep playing remembering that the second time you no longer have to go through square 1 but go directly to square 2 and then continue and finish.

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75 – Barcarola

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77 – The Carnival of Venice

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Pay attention to the indication at the end of the song: you have to repeat it from the beginning including the individual choruses.

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