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Yankee Doodle – Piano Tutorial with Letter Notes

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Yankee Doodle is a traditional American song, often associated with the period of the American Revolution. It was written by unknown authors and has become one of the most recognizable songs in the United States.

Yankee Doodle is known for its catchy, easy-to-remember melody. The song is often played on national holidays and patriotic celebrations, and is also popular with children.

Musical anecdote: Yankee Doodle was originally used as a song of derision by British soldiers to mock American colonial troops. However, the Americans appropriated the song and turned it into a symbol of their resilience and fighting spirit.

Now that you know a little more about the history of this song, let’s move on to learning its notes on the piano. Don’t worry, we’ll guide you step by step.

We’ll start by learning the notes to be played with the right hand, then the notes to be played with the left. We’ll finish by learning how to play both hands together. To make teaching easier, this article is made up of simple explanations, explanatory diagrams and video tutorials. You’ll even be able to download the Yankee Doodle score at the end.

By the time you’ve read through the entire article, you’ll be able to play the notes of this essential song on the piano!

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

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Yankee Doodle on the piano: finding your way around the keyboard

Before we dive into learning the notes of Yankee Doodle, let’s take a moment to familiarize ourselves with the piano keyboard.

In the image below, you’ll find the location of each note on the keyboard:

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The name of the notes on a piano keyboard.

Take a moment to examine the diagram of the piano keyboard shown above. You’ll notice that the black notes always follow a regular sequence: two notes, then three, followed by two again, and so on.

The first priority is to locate the note C. To find C, concentrate on groups of two black notes. The C note is always to the left of the group of two black notes. If you then press the white key to the left of this group of two black notes, you’ll easily identify C!

Starting from this C, use your right hand to play all the notes of the octave. Do the same with your left hand!

It’s crucial to practice quickly recognizing each note on the keyboard. Then you’ll be ready to play Yankee Doodle on the piano.

Yankee Doodle : playing the notes with the right hand

Where to start?

Excellent! You’ve successfully completed the first step in familiarizing yourself with the piano keyboard! Now we’ll move on to learning the notes of the Yankee Doodle melody on the piano using your right hand.

To facilitate your progress, we’ll start by showing you the first note to play in this melody: the note C.

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C is the first note to be played with the right hand for the song Yankee Doodle on piano.

The notes of the right hand

Congratulations! You’ve found the notes on the keyboard! You now have your starting point for learning the Yankee Doodle melody on the piano with the right hand. Now play the following notes one by one on your keyboard:

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

Repeat this sequence of notes several times with your right hand on the keys. Take your time to memorize the location of each note and to become familiar with the movement of your fingers on the keyboard. The more you practice, the more instinctively you’ll find the notes on your keyboard. This regular practice will enable you to play Yankee Doodle with fluidity.

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Yankee Doodle on the piano: the notes of the right hand.

Video tutorial

There’s nothing like a video to energize your learning! We highly recommend that you watch it. This video tutorial will guide you precisely on which keys to play with your right hand to interpret the Yankee Doodle melody in rhythm.

Follow the notes on the screen and press the corresponding keys as soon as they appear on the virtual keyboard. Hold down the key for as long as the note remains in contact with the virtual keyboard key.

Give it your best shot!

Video tutorial of the notes to play with the right hand for the song Yankee Doodle

Are you proud of yourself? You’ve successfully learned the melody of Yankee Doodle! There are only two main steps left before you can play the song in its entirety.

Do you know the difference between melody and accompaniment? The melody is the main, melodic part of the music, usually played with the right hand on the piano. The accompaniment, played with the left hand, forms the background of the music, with chords or repetitive sequences of notes played according to a specific rhythm.

We now invite you to learn the notes of Yankee Doodle’s left-hand piano accompaniment!

Play the notes ofYankee Doodle with the right hand on an interactive app

La Touche Musicale app waits for you to play the right note with your right hand on your piano before moving on to the next one.

Yankee Doodle playing the notes with the left hand

Where to start?

We’re now going to take a look at learning to play piano notes with the left hand for Yankee Doodle. As with the right hand, we’ll start by showing you the first notes to play.

For this first step, position your left hand comfortably on the keyboard. The first notes you’ll play are a C and a G. To find this note, first locate the group of two black keys on your keyboard.

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C and G are the first notes to be played with the left hand for the song Yankee Doodle on piano.

The notes of the left hand

Now that you’ve located the notes on the keyboard with your left hand, let’s focus on the notes your left hand will play for Yankee Doodle. Start by placing your left hand on the keyboard. Practice these notes one by one, making sure you play each note clearly and distinctly.

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

Practice these notes one by one, making sure you play each note clearly and distinctly. Repeat this sequence of notes several times until you feel comfortable with their positioning and sound. This will help you strengthen your left-hand coordination and master Yankee Doodle’s piano accompaniment.

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Yankee Doodle on the piano: the notes of the left hand.

Video tutorial

Here’s a video tutorial to guide you through manipulating the notes of this song with your left hand.

Take the time to watch the video carefully, identify each note and press the corresponding keys on your keyboard.

Don’t hesitate to practice regularly. If necessary, slow down the speed of the video to better assimilate the sequence of notes in the piano accompaniment to Yankee Doodle. Keep persevering and practicing with passion, you’re well on your way to mastering this traditional American song!

Video tutorial of the left hand notes for the song Yankee Doodle

Play the notes of Yankee Doodle with the left hand on an interactive app

The La Touche Musicale app waits for you to play the correct note with your left hand on your piano before moving on to the next.

Congratulations! You’ve managed to play the melody brilliantly with your right hand and accompany the Yankee Doodle song on your keyboard with your left hand.

Now let’s get down to synchronizing the two hands! Let’s go!

Yankee Doodle on the piano: play the song with both hands

Advice

Hand dissociation is a crucial step in piano playing, teaching coordination between the two limbs to play simultaneously.

For beginners, this can be an arduous task, requiring fine coordination between the fingers, a skill that the brain must develop.

Fortunately, there are techniques to train effectively and master this exercise more quickly.

One approach is to start by playing the notes in the right hand, then those in the left, gradually getting used to the rhythm of each hand and the different sequences to be performed.

Once you’ve mastered both hands individually, it’s time to play them together. Divide your song into short passages. Play slowly with both hands simultaneously, then gradually increase the tempo until you reach the original rhythm. Finally, play the whole song.

This method allows your brain to assimilate information gradually, promoting effective learning. Using learning tools like La Touche Musicale can also be beneficial.

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Yankee Doodle on the piano: the notes of both hands.

Video tutorial

Discover this complete video guide to two-handed playing techniques for Yankee Doodle on the piano.

Remember that regular practice and training are essential, but be confident in your abilities. Pay attention to rhythmic variations and make sure your hands are perfectly synchronized.

Some notes will need to be played simultaneously, while others will need to be played in succession.

If necessary, pause the video when the notes appear on the screen to adjust the position of your fingers on the keyboard.

If you prefer to adjust your movements while listening to the music, you’ll appreciate that these videos come from our La Touche Musicale application.

This application offers various interactive ways of playing your favorite songs, including an option where the progress of the music depends on your correct playing of the notes. What’s more, it displays note names on the screen, which can be useful for learning. We recommend that you use this function as a complementary teaching tool to this online guide.

With a vast selection of tunes covering different genres and levels of difficulty, our app can enrich your musical experience. Are you ready to explore?

Video tutorial to play the notes of both hands of the song Yankee Doodle on the piano.

Play the notes of Yankee Doodle with both hands on an interactive app

The La Touche Musicale app waits for you to play the right notes with both hands on your piano before moving on to the next.

Congratulations! You’ve now mastered the notes needed to play Yankee Doodle on the piano.

If you’ve found this guide useful, you should know that we’ve also prepared similar resources for other popular titles from various musical genres:

 

Download the free piano sheet music of the song Yankee Doodle in PDF

Impressive! You’ve followed this tutorial brilliantly, and now you’re juggling the notes of Yankee Doodle on the piano! If you like to push yourself, you’ll find the “Expert” version of this piano song on our La Touche Musicale app.

As promised from the outset, the score of Yankee Doodle in PDF format is now available.

We hope you enjoy this musical experience!

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