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My Black and White

When I was in the second grade junior high school, I saw my aunty playing a music instrument that I
didn't know what it was called. At the time I just returned from my school. And when I look that,
immediately, I change my clothes and ran to my aunty room. I’m very interested with the music
instrument. So, I asked, “Aunty.. Aunty.. What is it ? Can I play that ? Let me do it, aunty.”
With a big smile in her face, my aunty said, “This is piano. Of course you can play this one, girl. Let me
teach you how to play this one. But before I teach you, let me explain about this music instrument.”

The piano is an acoustic, stringed musical


instrument invented in Italy by Bartolomeo
Cristofori around the year 1700 (the exact
year is uncertain), in which the strings are
struck by hammers. It is played using a
keyboard, which is a row of keys (small
levers) that the performer presses down or
strikes with the fingers and thumbs of both
hands to cause the hammers to strike the
strings.

Most modern pianos have a row of 88 black and white keys, 52 white keys for the notes
of the C major scale (C, D, E, F, G, A and B) and 36 shorter black keys, which are raised above
the white keys, and set further back on the keyboard. This means that the piano can play 88
different pitches (or "notes"), going from the deepest bass range to the highest treble. The black
keys are for the "accidentals" (F♯/G♭, G♯/A♭, A♯/B♭, C♯/D♭, and D♯/E♭), which are needed to
play in all twelve keys. More rarely, some pianos have additional keys (which require additional
strings).

There are two main types of piano: the grand piano and the upright piano. The grand
piano is used for Classical solos, chamber music, and art song, and it is often used in jazz and
pop concerts. The upright piano, which is more compact, is the most popular type, as it is a better
size for use in private homes for domestic music-making and practice.

After my aunty explain about the piano, I asked her to teach me how to play that. But my
aunty said that it’s really difficult to play piano if I haven’t attention to study hard, so I have to
practice constantly. Since at the time, I promised to study hard and have practice contiously. And
then, she started to teach me how to play piano.
Naming the Notes

Knowing middle C is one thing, but what about all those other notes in the octave? These notes
are all given letters as well. For now, just focus on the white keys. Walking up from middle C,
the note order is D, E, F, G, A, B, and then the octave pattern repeats with C again.

Number The Fingers

In order to play the piano to the best of our ability, you need to be sure to play with the proper
fingerings. The first step to proper fingerings is to number the fingers themselves. For both hands
the fingerings go from #1 for thumbs to #5 for the pinky finger.

Playing Scales

Now that you know the numbers for your fingers and the names of the notes, you can apply your
knowledge to play a C major scale. The C major scale consists of eight notes from C to the C in
the octave. This means that you’ll need to learn some special finger techniques to get your five
fingers to play an eight note sequence fluidly.

The fingering pattern in the right hand is 1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Notice how there’s a fingering reset
between the 3rd and 4th notes of the scale. In order to play this order of fingerings fluidly, you’ll
need to master a technique called the thumbtuck. A thumbtuck involves curling your thumb
under your hand in order to play reposition your hand and continue playing a phrase. Although it
may seem simple, the thumbtuck is one of the most important skills in a pianist’s bag of tricks,
so make sure you’re always aware of it during your practice sessions !

When playing scales in the left hand, all the same rules apply, except our hands are mirrored.
This means the fingering pattern is 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 3, 2, 1. Keep an eye out for that fingertuck
between notes 5 and 6. It’s a similar motion to the right hand, but this time your middle finger
will cross over to continue playing the scale.

Practicing scales is just one of the many ways you’ll build confidence and musicality as a piano
player. When you’re practicing them make sure you’ve got your technique and fingerings
consistently solid.

My Aunty said, “Prioritizing good technique in your early days as a piano player will pay
off HUGELY moving forward!” Since at the time, I spend many time to have practice until I
get what I want with piano. Praise God that I can improve my skill to play piano. And Thanks
God that I can use my talent to worship Thee. Learning piano is difficult, but isn’t difficult if you
want to learn with all of your heart.