How to Play a 32-Note on a Piano

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Notes come in different speeds, from whole notes, to faster quarter notes, to really fast 32nd notes. Play 32nd notes speedily with help from a professional pianist in this free video.

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Hi, my name is Kirk Wilson. I live in Los Angeles, California, and I perform live, and I also do studio sessions in and around Burbank and Hollywood. I also teach at Orchepia School of Music and today, I will show you how to play a 32nd note on the piano. First of all, you have to understand what is a 32nd note and a whole note is four full beats in a regular 4/4 measure. So, we'll start that by counting, really slow tempo; one, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. Now, a half note is half of that which is one, two, three, four. A quarter note is split up in four times that which is one, two, three, four. An eighth note is half of the quarter note which is one and two and three and four. Sixteenth note is half of an eighth note which is one a and a two a and a three a and a four a and a. And then you have the sixteenth note which is half of that which is a. And the way that you play it on the piano; now, that's how you count it. But, when you play sixteenth note, if you're playing one exact note and it's a sixteenth note, then, you use your thumb; if you're playing that one target note which is C, then your thumb, your tack and then you use your third finger to play the note and then your thumb, third finger. And you can practice this, you can practice this so that way you can play it really really fast. And you rotate your wrist a little bit too to get some. And if you do a half note; so one, two, three, four. One, two, three, four. And if you're playing a scale, then, you play one, two, three, four. And that is four beats of 32nd notes in total and 32 notes across one full measure. One, two, three, four. So, that is how you play a 32nd note in scale form. So, your count is basically divided into 32 notes in one measure. And my name is Kirk Wilson, and that is how you play the 32nd note on the piano.

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