Foundation Keyboard Skills

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Becoming familiar with keyboard layout more…

No Notes® music provides lots of opportunities to practise placing hands and fingers quickly over the correct keys because all pieces include a keyboard map showing where hands and fingers go.

Developing independence between your hands more…

No Notes® Blues Primer uses familiar and repetitive bluesy patterns to help beginners focus on the essential keyboard skill of playing different patterns with each hand at the same time.

Learning to use all your fingers without looking at them more…

Being able to play any finger or thumb at the correct moment and musically, without looking at them, is a fundamental keyboard skill.  No Notes® helps beginners learn how to play without looking at their fingers in two ways: Either hands do not move once placed (e.g. No Notes® Children’s Songs), or else fingers play the same sequence of notes in different hand positions (e.g. No Notes® Blues Primer).

Reading music more…

Beginners usually find standard music notation difficult to read and prefer to learn by pieces by ear (and memorise everything).  Because No Notes® music is very easy to read and closely modelled on standard keyboard notation, No Notes® beginners quickly and painlessly build valuable confidence in their ability to read and play written music.

Playing with a beat more…

If you can play along to a steady beat, you can start to infuse your playing with rhythmic energy and subtlety. You will also find it much easier to play with other musicians! No Notes® music helps beginners to work with a beat by marking the start of every beat with a vertical line. In addition, many of the riffs and grooves in No Notes® Blues Primer involve one hand playing regularly on the beat while the other hand plays both on and between beats.

Playing musically more…

Musicians do not simply push the correct notes at the correct time. Wonder and delight come from ‘finding your voice’. No Notes®’ simplicity helps beginners to play with the same control and expression as when singing, humming or whistling.