Everybody has to start somewhere, right? You have been wanting to learn how to play piano and play it well. If you’ve come looking for easy piano lessons, then you will not be disappointed! I will teach that the piano is an instrument which will become part of you – and the beautiful music you make will resonate throughout your very soul. This beginner’s guide includes how to use your mind power to overcome challenges in playing. This lesson will feature Kaedrian, an accomplished pianist who will share his approach.
Now, let’s get to the most important question… How do I play piano?
Lesson 1: Beginning to Learn the Instrument
>>The most essential thing to keep in mind when you sit down at any keyboard is not to think too much. At first, no matter the age, this instrument can be very daunting. Even if people have the innate ability to learn quickly, this still holds true.
DO NOT tell yourself that you cannot do it or let anybody else convince you that this is true.
First, some general knowledge:
- There are 88 keys both black and white on full-sized pianos.
- The Keys are in alphabetical order starting with Middle C.
- There are 7 octaves on pianos. Each contains the same notes.
You may chose to start with a smaller piano to learn and then grow from there. Many keyboards exist of that nature and can greatly benefit you. Think about it, all those keys! Just keep it simple as to not overwhelm yourself. You can be out and about and still do these exercises but it is best to be sitting behind your favorite keyboard at home. Everyone needs a soulmate…
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Basic Lesson: Notes of The Keyboard
Let’s not worry about the black keys – what we call sharps and flats quite yet. Instead we can focus on the white keys or naturals. Be sure to familiarize yourself with these keys as you will be referring to them frequently.
Starting with middle C going up the keyboard, it reads C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C. This group of 8 notes it called an octave. It’s the progression of different tones. They are the same C and C but they are in different intervals. When you first sit down, your belly button should be in line with middle C.
See, not so tough, especially if you thought that all 88 keys had their own letter! Eventually, you will use both hands to play a musical composition, but just focus on your dominant hand for now.
If you haven’t ever played the piano then try to see how much of a stretch you have. If you hand begins to hurt, then that is your limit for now. As you play easy pianos songs, your hands will naturally grow. A rule of thumb – you should eventually be able to stretch a full octave with one hand.
Visually, this is a mind game that the instrument wants to play with you and it’s pretty good at it too. Use your mind power!
Keep in Mind: It is never good to rush these things. You will learn eventually at your own pace.
Lesson 2: One Hand at a Time… Use All Five Fingers
Definition – Dexterity: Your hands each have a mind of their own!
One difficult concept that many students struggle to grasp is that not everyone is ambidextrous. Can you pat your head while rubbing your stomach? Can you do it with ease? Try those simple exercises to test where you lie.
Practice a piece starting with your dominant hand. Once you have mastered that, then try to imitate it with your non – dominant hand. Eventually, there will be many exercises that I will offer in this course which are aimed at building up finger strength.
Often times the most boring finger exercises are the way to go unless your well…bored. If some of the exercises are too challenging, there are always things to choose from on Sheet Music Plus. Feel free to read up on it!
If you had any difficulty, then there are many ways to improve your dexterity. Hanon – The Virtuoso Pianist has some exercises. The first 20 exercises will help you, but they are challenging. The remaining 40 exercises might be a bit too challenging for now, but feel free to give them a try! There is a link above.
Lesson 3: What Should I Study?
There are two main ways to learn how to play the piano:
– Learn Music Theory
– Learn to play by ear
Music theory is the basis from which all musical tones, harmonies, and sounds originate. It’s what dictates the way we look at music. Have you ever wondered how pianists can play entire concertos by memory? All those notes? They don’t remember all the notes, they remember music theory! When you decide to take up the study of music theory you will learn things like key signatures, time signatures, composure of ballades vs. etudes. In essence you will learn how music is played and how to play it right.
Kaedrian at Kade and Keys does a phenomenal job of explaining it! Check out his videos for a comprehensive guide.
Playing by ear is an essential skill to have because it helps better your technique and get greater joy from playing. People who are adept in this concept can tell the difference of harmony and pitch as well as rhythm. Some pianists can play any piece after hearing it in perfect harmony. This means they have a knack for improvisation.
Both of these skills are essential to succeeding professionally or for your own desires. One must possess a good ear for music and know the fundamentals for it! One of my teachers once told me that anyone can sit there and press buttons on a keyboard all day, but do they know HOW to play?
Remember that the trick is always in the mind. Fingers are controlled by the mind and are your personal instrument.
I know that this post was rather short, but I hope that it was informative! If you’ve got any questions or need support, leave a comment. Social engagement matters a lot to the community, so if you help your fellow pianists out, they will help YOU!
Get out’a treble,