Fours Piano Game

Free Piano By Number Mobile AppsThe fours piano game was invented to show kids about rhythm in the most basic way possible. What I wanted to demonstrate was the cyclical nature of rhythm, which is easy for young kids to get because the cycle of rhythm repeats again and again.

So it is easy to vary this game into twos, ones, threes, any number a sharp child can devise. I’ve played 14’s with a smile on my face, and the kid made it all the way to the top of the piano (#29, of course.)

It takes a lot of coordination and thought to play this game. Some kids, never having played it, have never counted to a number in their minds, as musicians do, over and over again. 1 2 3 4, 1 2 3 4 , 1 2 3 4. That sequence of events never occurred to them before.

Add to that navigating their way up the white keys at the same time, and you have a perfect, what I like to jokingly call, Marine Coordination Test. It takes about five different skills just to succeed at this simple game.

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Doing this is by no means easy, and it is gentle fun to watch their tender minds misfire, playing 123, 1234, 1 2, 1 2, 1 2 3, 1 2 3. We laugh and try again. Here’s a video to show you how.

You can try a variation using both the black and the white keys, any number you wish of each, with the chords:

STUDENT:  1 1 1 1    #1#1#1#1    2 2 2 2 etc

TEACHER : C           A7                 Dm               B7   Em   C#7   F#m   Eb7   Abm   F7   Bbm   G7 (repeat)

You can also try the black keys only, which kids really enjoy. Whatever the teacher does, the rhythm must be steady, as the kids like the game-show aspect of having to follow an unforgiving count, failing, and trying again.

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1 1 1 1   2 2 2 2   3 3 3 3   4 4 4 4

5 5 5 5   6 6 6 6   7 7 7 7   8 8 8 8 

If you have difficulty with our online piano on a mobile device, please try on a desktop or laptop.

Our online games in the PIANO FUNHOUSE are designed for beginners without musical experience. Playing the online games will familiarize you with the visual patterns of the piano keyboard. Use your mouse (or finger on a touch screen) to click on the piano keyboard. There is sound in some of the games. Other games are purely visual.

If your child is not certain of the left/right concept, play the WARM UP GAME first.

Once your child is familiar with LEFT/RIGHT, try the section on PIANO BY NUMBER GAMES where you can begin learning the skills necessary to learn piano. You should try these Piano By Number games before going on to the MUSIC READING GAMES section.

The MUSIC READING GAMES section will help you start to build the skills necessary to begin reading music. We highly recommend that you try the preparatory PIANO BY NUMBER GAMES before going on to MUSIC READING GAMES.

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