In the Hall of the Mountain King Piano Notes: Tutorial and Free Sheet Music
Would you like to learn In the Hall of the Mountain King on the piano? You’ve come to the right place!
In the Hall of the Mountain King is an excerpt from the incidental music that the musician Edvard Grieg composed for the play Peer Gynt in 1874.
The character of Peer Gynt is portrayed as an adventurer who travels the world in search of adventure and love. In the Hall of the Mountain King occurs in the sixth scene in the middle of act two.
It is one of the composer’s most famous songs. It is now very popular with pianists, as it has been reworked for piano. Moreover, it is quite easy to play on the piano, which makes it a prime target for beginners.
In this article, we will learn how to play the notes of In the Hall of the Mountain King on the piano. We’ll cover the right hand notes first, then the left hand notes. The explanations will be illustrated with tutorial videos, which will give you an audiovisual support in your learning of the song.
You will also find the piano sheet music of In the Hall of the Mountain King that you can download for free in PDF format.
At the end of this tutorial, the objective is that you know how to play this famous piano piece.
Bonus: you can also learn to play this song at your own pace on our piano learning application La Touche Musicale.
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In the Hall of the Mountain King on piano: finding your way around the keyboard
Before playing In the Hall of the Mountain King on the piano, let’s first go over the basics and look at the location of each note on a piano keyboard.
Let’s start by analyzing the image below:
The names of the notes on a piano keyboard.
The picture above accurately describes all the notes on a piano keyboard.
We can see that the piano is composed of several parts, which are repeated identically.
Each part consists of 7 white keys and, as soon as we reach the 8th key, another identical part (consisting of the same 7 keys) begins and we change octave.
To identify the notes on the keyboard more quickly, you can refer to the black keys. The black keys are gathered in groups of two and three keys, thanks to which we can situate ourselves on the piano.
For example, if you are looking for the note A, you must first identify a group of three black keys. Once you have found it, you need to look at the white key that is between the second and third black keys in that group. Your A is here.
We recommend that you practice identifying the notes on the keyboard quickly. This way you can learn to play the song In the Hall of the Mountain King on the piano much faster.
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In the Hall of the Mountain King: playing the notes with the right hand
Where to start?
Before starting on the right hand, we will first use what we just learned in the previous section to identify the first note to play.
Place your finger on the note C on your keyboard:
C is the first note of the right hand in the song In the Hall of the Mountain King on piano.
The notes of the right hand
Did you find the C? Perfect!
Now we’ll play all the notes with the right hand.
Press the following notes in succession:
C – D – E – C – E – D# – D# – D – D – C – D – E – C – E – A – G – E – C – E – G – C – D – E – C – E – D# – D# – D – D – C – D – E – C – E – G – E – D.
Play all these notes in sequence to get the melody of In the Hall of the Mountain King on the piano, performed with the right hand.
Repeat this sequence as many times as you can until you know it by heart. Once you feel comfortable with it, you can switch to the left hand.
In the Hall of the Mountain King on piano: the notes of the right hand.
The following video tutorial will give you an audiovisual support to better identify the notes to play with the right hand.
It also gives indications concerning the duration of each note as well as the general tempo of the song.
[Note: you must remain pressed on the key while the note is on it on the virtual piano]:
Video tutorial of the notes to play with the right hand for the song In the Hall of the Mountain King.
In the Hall of the Mountain King: playing the notes with the left hand
Where to start?
Let’s do the same as for the right hand and start by identifying the first note to play with the left hand. This way, it will be easier to follow the rest.
The first note of the left hand is the A:
A is the first note of the left hand in the song In the Hall of the Mountain King.
The notes of the left hand
Once you have found your A, you must play the sequence of notes with your left hand.
Press the following notes in succession:
A – B – B – A# – A – B – A – B – B – A# – A – B – C – B – A.
If you play all these notes in a row, you get the whole piano accompaniment of In the Hall of the Mountain King, performed with the left hand.
The accompaniment is important because it is what gives rhythm and depth to your playing.
Practice this sequence over and over again so that you know it by heart.
In the Hall of the Mountain King on piano: the notes of the left hand.
As for the right hand, we have created a tutorial video showing the notes to play with the left hand.
Use it to look at the duration of each note and the tempo.
Video tutorial of the left hand notes for the song In the Hall of the Mountain King.
You can now play this famous song on the piano with each hand, congratulations!
Now we have to synchronize the two hands and play the whole original song.
In the Hall of the Mountain King on piano: play the whole song with both hands
Difficulty : the dissociation of the two hands
The dissociation of the hands is a very difficult exercise to acquire when starting the piano.
Our brain is not used to perform gestures as precise as finger placement with both hands at the same time.
This is why many beginners struggle to master this skill.
Before playing In the Hall of the Mountain King, we’ll look at some techniques and tips that will help you master hand dissociation faster.
Methods, tips and techniques
vStart by playing the notes with your right hand. Once the sequence of this hand is acquired, move to the left hand.
Working with your hands independently on the piano allows you to gradually learn the information, sequences and tempo of the song.
This is the method we have chosen to adopt in this tutorial dedicated to learning In the Hall of the Mountain King on the piano.
Once you know how to play the hands independently, you will have to synchronize them.
Start by choosing a short passage of the song you are working on (here In the Hall of the Mountain King). Choose for example the first 10 seconds. Try to play this sequence in a loop with both hands. Go slowly at first, then gradually increase the pace as you feel comfortable.
Once you have mastered the sequence, move on to the next one (the next 10 seconds) and repeat the same exercise. When you feel comfortable with the second sequence, play the two passages in a row, etc.
This technique is very effective because it allows your brain to gradually assimilate the information and process it more efficiently. You will learn your song much faster.
Note: At La Touche Musicale, we name this technique the “learning loop”. Noticing its effectiveness on piano learning, we decided to integrate a feature into our online piano learning app that allows you to loop any part of the song and learn it in a few hours.
In the Hall of the Mountain King on the piano: the notes of both hands.
This ultimate tutorial video shows you the notes to play with both hands.
Since you already know the tempo and duration of the notes in each hand, focus more on synchronizing them.
If the speed of the video is too fast for you, pause it to give yourself time to reposition your fingers on your piano keyboard to play the right notes at the right times.
Note: on La Touche Musicale app, you don’t need to pause the song. The application waits for you until you play the right note.
Video tutorial to play the notes of both hands of the song In the Hall of the Mountain King on the piano.
Bravo ! You can now play one of the most famous piano pieces of all time!
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Download the free piano sheet music of the song In the Hall of the Mountain King in PDF
You can find the score of In the Hall of the Mountain King easily on the internet.
However, the version we propose in this article is a simplified version. So make sure you have the level to play the original version.
In addition to this tutorial, we thought it would be interesting to propose you the piano sheet music of In the Hall of the Mountain King to download for free in PDF format.
You can then print it out and play it anywhere.
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