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Piano Pieces to Try

Prelude 1 in C Major by Bach


Learning a new music piece to play is very exciting and challenging at the same time. Many styles of music exist, each coming from a specific period or influence. Thus, if you're a beginner who is looking to add more music pieces to your repertoire, whether it be for personal enjoyment or to further your education, the choices are limitless.

Let's look at several piano pieces that, aside from being beautiful compositions, are easy to learn and also helps improve dexterity. We'll start off with Prelude 1 in C Major by Bach.

About the Composer

The Bach family is one of the most notable German musicians in history. Out of this lineage comes the celebrated composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Read this article which traces the Bach genealogy from their great, great grandfather, Veit Bach, to the famous composer Johann Sebastian Bach and his 20 children.

About the Composition

The Prelude 1 in C Major comes from Bach's most famous work called "The Well-Tempered Clavier". "The Well-Tempered Clavier" is divided into two parts, each part conists of 24 preludes and fugues in each of the major and minor key with Prelude 1 in C Major being the first prelude in Part 1. The pattern is simple to play and uses arpeggiated chords. The left hand plays only two notes while the right hand plays three notes that are repeated.

Music Sample and Sheet Music

It would be helpful to listen to the piece before studying it so that you'll know how it is played. Garden of Praise has a music sample and music score of Prelude 1 in C Major. Make sure to master each part before moving on to the next and start slowly, you will build speed as you become comfortable with the piece. Lastly, play the music sample and see if you can play along with it as this will help you maintain a steady beat.

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