Twinkle twinkle little star in C major

Martin Cohen
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English OK! After the C major scale, let's now do a song in the C major scale. Everyone knows of course "Twinkle twinkle little star". It's a very simple song and good to begin with to study the C major scale. But, before we start with "Twinkle Twinkle" in C major, I'd like to say this: in the resources of all the lectures with songs (so also this lecture), you will find a PDF file with sheet music. Now, you might say: "But, wait a minute! I can't read music, so what can I do with sheet music?" Well, I added the sheet music because a lot of students that already know how to read music asked me to add sheet music, so that's why you find it in the resources. Now, if you cannot read sheet music, can you use those files? Yes, you can! Only you will not read the sheet music, but you will see that in those files, under the staff (and the staff that are those 5 lines on which you can write the notes) you see the notes written out. So you can simply use the notes that are written out. And, that's not all: above the notes, you will find the finger positions. So you can use those PDF files, for the notes and the finger positions. And for those who can read music, they just can use the notes on the staff. I did this for all the major songs so that you can see all the notes and the finger positions, but after all the major songs (but that's already very far in the course) I don't give the notes anymore because I think that then you're used enough to figure it out yourself. OK. So, actually this song consists of three parts. We will split up the song in three little parts that are very easy to play. The first part is this. And that's all. The second part is this. And the third part is this. And that's all! The song consists of only those three parts. You play first part 1, then part 2, then part 3 and then again you play part 3. This part is repeated. Then again part 1 and then part 2. But let's see that once we're doing the song. OK so let's start. So, we start for part 1 with our thumb, with finger number one on the C. Then we pay it twice. Then we go with finger four, so the ring finger on G. Also two times. With our little finger on the A. Also two times. And back with finger four on the G, only one time, but twice as long. So again. So the notes are C C G G A A G. And the finger positions are 1 1 4 4 5 5 4. And that's part 1. Part 2. So we ended with finger four on the G and then we go to part 2 which has finger three on the F. There we go. So again, I started with finger 3 on the F, two times. Finger 2 on the E, two times. Finger one on the D, also two times. And then you go with your index finger over your thumb to the C. Only once. So again, F F E, E, D, D, C. And the fingers: 3 3 2 2 1 1 2 Now part 3. Go with your little finger on the G. Two times with your ring finger on the F. Two times with your middle finger on the E. And one time with your index finger on the D. One more time. G, G, F, F, E, E, D. So fingers: 5 5 4 4 3 3 2. And those are the three parts that you have to know. So it's quite simple. Now let me play the whole song with the metronome. I will put the metronome on 60 beats per minute. You can start at another speed of course if that fits for you. After you master it at a certain speed, as always increase the speed if you can. So, I will put the metronome on and then let it count to four and then start the song. There we go. One two three four. That was part one. That was part two. Part three again. Now back to part 1. And then we finish with part 2. And that's the whole song. Now very important is the timing. Perhaps you noticed that on every part, part one, part two, part three, the notes mostly last for one count. Only the last note is two counts. You have 1 1 1 1 1 1, 1 2. Let me do that with a metronome. 1 2 3 4 - 1 1 1 1 1 1, 1 2. Next Part 1 1 1 1 1 1, 1 2. Next part 1 1 1 1 1 1, 1 2 and so on. So every time in each part the first notes are all one count, only the last note of each part is two counts. I will play it one more time with the Metronome. Pay attention to the finger positions and also to the timing. There we go: one two three four. So, that's it! OK. Now, you practice it yourself. Start with 60 beats per minute or an other speed if its ok for you, and then slightly increase the speed as always.