How to play an F (natural)
This note sounds a little bit lower than F sharp (F#).
Normally we just call it 'F' and only say 'F natural' when we want to distinguish it from F#.
On the piano it's the white note between E and G - just to the left of F#.
All the white notes on the piano are naturals; the black ones are sharps and flats.
Finger a low C, then lift off your 5th finger:
We can show it like this:
It should sound like this:
DON'T TAKE YOUR LITTLE FINGER OFF!!
Lots of people do, but it's really out of tune!
Can you hear the difference?
We write it in the bottom space, just like an F#:
Q: So how can we tell the difference?
A: If there's no sharp in the key signature we play Fs; if there is we play F#s
If there is an F# in the key signature, but we want an F (natural),
we put a natural sign in front of the note.
Practice it next to all the other notes you know, especially these four:
Don't forget that little finger!
Keep your fingers in the F shape - like a fork with a bent prong!
Listen out for unwanted sounds in between the notes - swap fingers tidily.
C major scale
This scale only uses the natural (white) notes. There are no sharps or flats (black notes).
C major arpeggio
The 1st, 3rd. 5th and 8th notes of the scale make an arpeggio.
If you play C, E and G at the same time, they sound good together. Try it on a keyboard:
This is a C major chord.