Tutorial - Lesson 3


Eighth Notes & First Song


   We have one more note to cover before we start to play some tunes. An eighth note is half a beat long. This means that they're counted "1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &". Eighth notes can be written a number of different ways, but they all have the same value. See the examples below - these are all eighth notes:

Eight Notes


   Click on the image below to hear what it sounds like. Count along as it plays, remembering that eighth notes are counted "1 & 2 & 3 & 4 &". You'll notice that every time you come to "1" you're starting a new measure (because we're still playing in 4/4 time). As before, you'll hear 4 beats as an intro.

Eigth Note Lesson

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First Song


   OK, let's put it all together! Listen to the tune below quite a few times before playing it, counting along as it plays. Also listen for good places to take a breath. We'll be adding many embellishments to this tune in other lessons, but for right now keep it simple and  tongue between each note (saying "too" - remember?). If you can't see the entire song on your computer screen, you can click on it to see on a page by itself so you can print it (then use your Browsers "back" button to return here).

Rainy Day

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