Erwin Clauws



Novice to Beginner


WEIGHT: 600 gr.

This is the first book of the NOTUS PIANO COURSE.

Please choose the product type below for your purchase: HARDCOPY (printed and wire-o-binding, 28 euros) or PDF with the option ‘READ and PRINT’ (21 euros).

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For whom?
The NOTUS PIANO FOUNDATION Textbook has been compiled for the layperson in the field of music. It starts from absolutely zero knowledge of music and piano. The book is used during the first 3 to 4 months of self-study or teacher-guided study.
The book is suitable for ages 12 and up but it is aimed primarily at the adult and senior beginner. This is reflected in the layout and no-frills didactic strategy. You can preview the book via the sample pages or the free download of the first 37 pages.
It is also required reading for people who have already experimented with the complex conventional music notation and have lots of doubts about this conventional music notation.
The focus in the NOTUS PIANO FOUNDATION Textbook is on learning how to read ALL the notes of the piano keyboard and play ALL the corresponding piano keys. This is done through 134 exercises and short pieces for beginners. NOTUS piano courses are characterized by their smooth and steady evolution. By the end of the first 3 to 4 months, you’ll be playing pieces that are at least two years ahead of the pieces typically learned by the four-month mark using conventional notation.
Whereas, in conventional courses, piano practice during the entire first year is limited to the middle of the piano (approximately 21 white piano keys), NOTUS learners start familiarizing themselves with the entire piano keyboard from the very first lesson. By the end of the NOTUS PIANO FOUNDATION Textbook – that is, after 3 to 4 months – NOTUS learners have control of the entire 88-key piano keyboard and, as such, ALL the notes of this entire keyboard. This makes a significant difference compared with conventional piano lessons, and this in turn has a positive follow-on effect on subsequent study. The NOTUS PIANO FOUNDATION Textbook is an extremely solid music foundation on which to build further.

Final Goal
The specific focus of the NOTUS PIANO FOUNDATION Textbook is for the learner to master the reading of the pitch of all the notes so that this does not form an obstacle to subsequent study, i.e. PIANO TEXTBook 1 and onwards. Indeed, being able to read all the notes is highly encouraging as one progresses toward new pieces and musical knowledge, not to mention improved piano technique. By removing the stumbling block of reading music (a typical pitfall of conventional notation), the NOTUS learner makes very smooth progress, without added performance stress. With NOTUS, the introductory phase of training offers, in other words, precisely what piano training should: the relaxed enjoyment of lessons, progress and playing, coupled with the appreciation of the value of specific exercises. The NOTUS approach to teaching focuses on stress-free, natural mastery of music notation and piano, not on being able to play a few memorized pieces, as is so often the case in conventional courses targeting young people and adults alike.

VIEW A SELECTION OF PAGES HERE (including contents and index)

Integrated Music theory:

• octave group, octave group number, octave segment;
• tones and notes C, Cs/Df, D, Ds/Ef, E, F, Fs/Gf, G, Gs/Af, A, As/Bf, B;
• double or half note value relationship, till 1/8 note and rest, beam;
• time value rest sign;
• dotted whole, half and quarter note;
• finger numbers and theit use and interpretation;
• tempo and metronome, metronome value;
• the concepts beat, pulse, accent, measure, measure line;
• the time signatures four-four, three-four and two-four, and main accent and weak accent;
• tie;
• slur and phrase mark;
• basic dynamics with abbreviations and NOTUS restyled wedges;
• basic concepts of intervals: melodic, harmonic, ascending, descending, prime, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, octave and their visual relationship through notes on the staff and between the piano keys;
• some basic information about chords: consonant, dissonant, tertian triad, tonic, broken chord and of naming chords;
• NOTUS signs for immediate repeat, repeat of a whole measure, repeat of a rhythmic unit;
• fermata;
• staccato sign, marcato sign and accent sign;
• notation by hand of NOTUS;
• chromatic and diatonic division of the octave;;
• FLAT- and SHARPnotehead;
• the concept ‘enharmonic’;
• ostinato;
• informative: damper pedal.


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– size: 20 x 29 cm
– number of pages: 106
– metal copper wire-o-binding
– weight: 460 gr. + packaging 140 gr = 600 gr.
– cover : 4-color printing
– interior: 4-color printing

Version: PDF-READ-and-PRINT
This PDF version can be printed on A4 paper size. NOTUS&BOOKS&SHEETS cannot be held responsible if the prints have insufficient read quality as this is determined by the nature and quality of the customer’s printer. The NOTUS gray is set to 50% black. Printer settings such as ‘economy’ or similar affect that 50% value so that the gray is printed lighter than expected. Other settings and paper quality may generate darker gray than 50%.

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NOTUS Music Notation © 2016, Erwin Clauws / NOTUS Music Notation is a registered trademark.
Editor: Erwin Clauws
Musical advice: Sabine Roosen
Cover, layout, and NOTUS Sheet Music © 2018 — Erwin Clauws, NOTUS&BOOKS&SHEETS.
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