Recently, Noah dug up his old toy piano (you know, those little pianos you can buy from the toy store). He was banging at it noisily (so not music to my ears - in fact, cannot be considered music, by any definition!) so I decided to teach him to play a simple song.
I taught him to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
CC GG AA G FF EE DD C
GG FF EE D GG FF EE D
CC GG AA G FF EE DD C (you can opt to replace D with G, it's just simpler to use D)
Here's why it's the best piano piece to teach your young child:
1. It only uses a total of 6 keys. So it works even on the smallest of toy pianos.
2. It repeats the GG FF EE DD pattern 4 times throughout the song. So it's easy for a little child to remember!
3. The GG FF EE DD pattern is so simple because it just goes down the scale 1 key at a time (vs. skipping keys all over the keyboard).
4. And best of all, when he gets tired of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, it works with Baa Baa Black Sheep and the Alphabet Song as well! So imagine the sense of accomplishment of your little pianist who can suddently play 3 whole songs!!!
Baa Baa Black Sheep
CC GG AAAA G FF EE DD C
GGG FFF EEE D GGG FFFF EEE D
CC GG AAAA G FF EE DD C (again, you can replace D with G)
The Alphabet Song
CC GG AA G FF EE DDDD C
GG F EE D GGG F EE D
CC GG AA G FF EE DD C (again, you can replace D with G)
Here's Noah playing 1 of his 3 piano pieces.
Have fun watching your child turn into a proud pianist!
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