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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star piano notes: tutorial & score

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Who has never wanted to play the famous song Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the piano? This childish song is indeed one of the most popular in the world. In fact, it is part of our ranking of the best piano songs for children to start with.

The lyrics are from an English poem composed by musician Jane Taylor, entitled The Star, first published in 1806.

Today, the music is one of the most famous on the piano, played by many beginners. One of the reasons for its fame on the piano is the ease with which the song can be learned. It consists of simple note sequences that make it easy for all pianists to learn.

And that’s good news! Because in this article, we will see how to learn Twinkle Twinkle Little Star easily on the piano. Detailed explanations, video tutorials and explanatory diagrams will be available! At the end of this article, you will know how to play one of the most popular songs in the world on the piano. Let’s start!

Bonus: you can also learn this song at your own pace on our piano learning application La Touche Musicale.

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on piano: finding your way around the keyboard

To be able to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the piano, you must already know how to find your way around a keyboard. This first part will therefore be devoted to reviewing the basics concerning the identification of notes on a piano.

Like our tutorials about the songs Greensleeves piano notes and Jingle Bells on piano, let’s start our adventure by recapitulating the names of the notes on a keyboard. The image below shows the piano keys and their different notes (C, D, E, F, G, A, B) to help you find your way around the keyboard:

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The names of the notes on a piano.

Looking at the image of the piano keyboard above, you can see that each section consists of 7 white keys, and once you get to the eighth, a new section of 7 white keys starts again, which reproduces the same notes in the same order. To find your place in the sequences, you can use the black notes. For example, you can see that the note C comes back each time you arrive just before the group of two successive black notes.

Now that you can find your way around a piano and identify the different notes on the keyboard, let’s get down to business and learn Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

If you are interested in learning easy music, you might like our article about piano songs with letters.

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star: playing the notes with the right hand

Where to start?

Let’s start this tutorial with the notes of the song Twinkle Twinkle Little Star that you have to play with your right hand. The notes of this hand generally reproduce the melody of the song, which we all know by heart. Let’s start by positioning ourselves on the C note in the center of the piano (at the fourth octave on a piano with 88 keys). C is the first note of the right hand that you should play for this song.

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C is the first note of the right hand in the song Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on piano.

The notes of the right hand

Once you have identified the first C note of the music, we will play the whole melody with the right hand. To do this, you need to press the following notes one after the other:

C – C – G – G – A – A – G – F – F – E – E – D – D – C – G – G – F – F – E – E – D – G – G – F – F – E – E – D – C – G – G – A – G – F – F – E – E – D – C.

This sequence of notes correspond to the entire Twinkle Twinkle Little Star piano song, played with the right hand only. If you press all these notes one after the other, you will easily recognize the melody of the famous song.

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on piano: the notes of the right hand.

Tutorial video

To respect the rhythms and beats of each note you play with your right hand on the piano, you can use the following video tutorial [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 Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

To learn how to play the right hand of the song quickly, we recommend that you repeat the sequence of notes several times in a row. You will find that after a few minutes of repeating this sequence, your playing will become more and more fluid. You will then be able to play the entire right hand on the piano.

Now that you know this part of the famous poem, let’s talk about the notes to play with the left hand!

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star: playing the notes with the left hand

Where to start?

In order to play the left hand of the song, we will use the same method as before. We will first locate the first note of the left hand on the piano, and then we will work on the sequence of notes that follows.

To play the left hand of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, start by placing your finger on the note E.

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E is the first note of the left hand in the song Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.
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The notes of the left hand

Once you have identified the E (first note of the left hand of the song), you will have to play the whole sequence of notes following:

E – E – E – F – F – E – D – D – C – C – B – B – C – E – E – D – D – C – B – E – E – D – D – C – C – G – E – E – E – E – F – G – A – B – C – D – A – G – C – G – G – C.

If you press all these notes one after the other, you are playing the entire left hand of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the piano.

The left hand doesn’t usually provide the melody in a song, but it does help accompany the right hand and add depth and nuance to your playing. That’s why it’s just as important as the right hand.

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on piano: the notes of the left hand.

Tutorial video

In addition to the explanations and images, we suggest you watch this tutorial video presenting all the notes of the left hand to play on the piano:

Video tutorial of the left hand notes for the song Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Congratulations! You now know how to play the notes of the left hand as well as those of the right hand on the piano. But the most difficult part remains: playing both hands at the same time! And this is precisely what we will see in this last part of this tutorial.

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on piano: play the whole song with both hands

Difficulty : the dissociation of the two hands

The dissociation of the hands is a basic piano technique that allows you to play two different melodies at the same time with your both hands.

It’s difficult to do when you are a beginner because your brain is not used to this type of exercise. It needs practice and repetition in order to develop this faculty.

This is why we have divided this tutorial into 3 distinct sections: first learning the right hand (the melody), then learning the left hand (the accompaniment), and finally both simultaneously.

If you are just beginning to play the piano, this work will necessarily take time. You will need to practice a bit before you can play both hands with ease.

Methods, tips and techniques

In order to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star with both hands on the piano, you will need to take your time and not rush. We recommend that you take short sequences of the song (about 5-10 seconds) and play slowly with both hands. When your playing becomes fluid, accelerate slightly to the original speed of the piece. Once the first sequence is mastered, move on to the next and repeat the same exercise. Finally, when this last one is also played with ease, link the two parts, etc.

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Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the piano: the notes of both hands.

Tutorial video

As we did for the right and left hands, we offer a video tutorial to learn how to play the notes with both hands at the same time. Feel free to take your time, pause the video when necessary, or even rewind it if you’ve passed a part.

Accuracy: 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 Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the piano.

Congratulations! Now you can play one of the most famous songs on the piano! You can also learn other songs that will bring diversity to your playing by checking out our article on sad piano music, the one on the best jazz songs to play on piano, or the one on the best rap piano songs. Vary your musical repertoire and the fun that goes with it!

You can also find other tutorials of this type by consulting for example the one about how to learn Mary Had a Little Lamb, Amazing Grace, Carol of the Bells piano notes or Silent Night on the piano.

Download the free piano sheet music of the song Twinkle Twinkle Little Star

You can easily find Twinkle Twinkle Little Star piano sheet music on the web. But, in addition to teaching you how to play the song through text explanations, diagrams and video tutorials, we thought it would also be convenient to provide you with a link to download the piano sheet music of the popular song for free.

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