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Popular Piano Lessons: Sight Reading Exercise: Schumann - A Little Study

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This little study from Schumann is a great
exercise in understanding different
chord progressions in melodic form,
in other words,
playing chords one note at at time.
You're gonna be playing and
reading notes in various positions,
various types of chords too.
So, great reading exercise,
I'd like to see how you do, and
make sure you incorporate
the pedal while you play it.
It'll sound so much better.
Just remember when you're using the pedal
with fast notes like you'll be doing
here in this piece, hold at least the
first two or so notes in the left hand.
Pedalize them hold them longer so that
your pedal has a chance to catch them.
Don't just let your first notes
off otherwise you'll have a lot of
hiccups in your sound.
Also, be careful when
reading the accidentals.
E sharp is the same as F natural.
So whenever you see a natural,
a white key note that has a sharp and
there's not black key next to it,
just go to the very next white key, okay?
So those are some clues for you.
I look forward to seeing how well
you can read this on your own.