Disclaimer: The marking of letter-names on sheet music is a valid tool for learning piano, depending on how and when it is used.
Be advised that in the context of academic study, for example traditional piano lessons, this practice should be at the discretion of the professional instructor, and not of the student. This is because, when used in the wrong setting, or in the wrong way, letter-notes can actually become a hindrance to one’s learning to read music fluently!
A big focus of “Piano with Kent” is to get people to their pianos, and to bring musical experiences and knowledge to those who may not have the time, the funds, or the circumstances to be taking formal lessons. Millions of people want to play piano, and also to play better and better, and most of those millions do not have the luxury of a private instructor. The letter-name sheets provided here, are in that spirit.
That said, here’s the regular intro to this post:
Do you read music “a little bit,” but have trouble remembering all that stuff about key signatures, and sometimes forget which piano key belongs to which line or space on the staff? This is quite common, so don’t feel bad!
Here’s a collection of easy-to-read, easy-to-play sheet music that Kent has prepared with accurate annotations. That is, the notes are all labeled on the musical staff with their associated letter-names (such as E, Bb, F#), as an aid to reading. (See Kent’s disclaimer at top, about letter-notes).
Some selections are customized by Kent to be easy-to-play arrangements. Also, a couple of these pieces are abridged. Claire de Lune, for example, is highly simplified, and covers just the opening theme.
Here is a list of the pieces:
Für Elise (entire piece)
Moonlight Sonata (first and third movements)
Claire de Lune (simplified intro)
Star Spangled Banner
“Ode to Joy”
Minuet in G (Bach)
Greensleeves / What Child is This
First, the link for Für Elise
And here’s where to get the rest. This link takes you to my older site:
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