The trickiest part of measure 6 of the Moonlight is remembering the b sharp octave that the left hand plays.
Because the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata is slow, many aspiring pianists think it is easy and are surprised and discouraged because it isn't easy enough.
Sometimes what makes it hard is a gap in knowledge. In this case the gap is easily closed.
This piece uses all 7 white keys and all 5 black keys. In order to understand the notes, understanding what sharps are, and that they can be white keys as well as black ones is critical.
I created a free mini course, Know the Keys of the Piano by Name (click here to get it) to make sure that students know all of the names of the keys of the piano. It is how I start all of my students.
If you already have the first two measures learned, you will notice that the chords change in Measure 3.
Gone, at least temporarily are the C sharp minor repeating triads, to be replaced by the A major and D Major chords.
The left hand has double the notes, but going from 2 notes to 4 seems doable.
Notice that the last notes you play are the first notes of the next measure. When you start putting measures together, you will already be playing smoothly over the bar.
If all you had to worry about was learning one measure, could you do it well?
By focusing on fewer notes it is easier to get to know them all. And by clearing the field of distractions- in the case of one measure at a time, you are more able to understand everything.
How do you get from Couch to Concert Hall?
One measure at a time. It's those tiny steps, the little things like knowing each note, knowing every finger, figuring it all out, and then moving to the next measure to repeat the sequence, that will get you where you want to go.
To get you started on learning the Moonlight Sonata, Adagio Sostenuto movement, here's the first measure. Once you get this one, do the next, and the next. One at a time.
If you want all of the measures at once, and the music to go with it, click here.