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 is it that I can play piano?

Lesson 1: Beginning to Learn the Instrument

It’s Inside all of us!

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…

There are Full Articles For:

Yamaha keyboards

Casio Keyboards

Alesis Keyboards


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

It takes a lot of focus to have one hand do something than the other.

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

-OR BOTH!-


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.

Kade and Keys is your channel for music comprehension!

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 hope that this post will help you start your piano journey, and 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! If you are interested in purchasing your first keyboard, then please purchase through any of the links or look in digital piano reviews. Thank you for your support!

Get out’a treble,

-Deeply Trebled


 

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10 Responses

  1. To the lay person this sounds amazing! I love the positive aspect you project in your instruction. I would guess you have been teaching piano for quite some time. I’m a person that thought learning to play the piano would be one of the hardest things I could do but, your article actually makes me think it is possible. Thank you for the inspiration!

    • Hey Russ,

      Good to hear from you. I’m glad this could be a source of inspiration to you!

      I have surprisingly not been teaching piano for very long. For me, it is important to teach the power of the mind and technique rather than the physical aspect. After all, there is only so much I can offer online. 

      It is normal to think learning piano or any instrument for that matter is a daunting task. Once you see that the point of learning piano is to create joy and make beautiful music, then it becomes much easier. I hope you decide to learn piano because it will benefit you and those who listen most 🙂

      Thank you for joining, Russ!

      Deeply Trebled

  2. Hey! Learning Piano is something that I have wanted to do for a long time now but what came in my way to do that is mostly schedule at work, or sometimes even financial situation. Never really thought that I can actually start learning Piano simply by reading an article like yours. 

    You made it look simple, and following your steps, there seem to be results coming. One step at a time, your recommendations and teaching will surely bear fruit for all of us Piano lovers!

    Do you have any recommendations on keyboards for the beginners?

    -Heku

    • Hey Heku,

      I’m glad you found this article inspiring. It is unfortunate when life problems block your true passions. Keep at it and your hard work will bare fruit! You are definitely right in taking things slow and doing one step at a time. That attitude will get you far since you are a piano lover!

      My honest recommendation for beginner pianos would be:

      Full 88- key keyboards

      Preferably weighted keys because it will enhance your technique and build greater strength than semi-weighted

      If finances are a main concern I will recommend Alesis Recital Keyboard. They do not sacrifice quality for the price and many people who have bought from this site are happy with it. Of course, my next suggestion would be the Yamaha P71. There are links to both reviews .

      I hope that you will get much joy from your playing, Heku!

      Deeply Trebled

  3. First of all, your outline and presentation are awesome. Love the pictures, great work. Thank you for all the information that you shared here. 

    I am interested in learning more about Piano For All for my grand daughter. 

    Very informative for people who want to start, you outlined exactly how to make it easier to learn how to play a piano. My grand daughter wants lessons and now I can follow you on getting it for her and any others that I know. Thanks again for the lead! I’ll gladly support this site.

    • Hey there Caroline,

      Thank for your lovely compliments and thank you for sharing this post!

      If your grand daughter is really interested in taking lessons, I’d recommend that she start with an online app. Piano For All might be able to help her depending on her interests. If not, then feel free to check out the other apps on my other post. 

      I appreciate your support and wish you and your grand daughter the best!

      -Deeply Trebled

  4. Hello Deeply,
    Thanks for sharing your blog post “How to Play Piano.” I find the piano to be a great instrument to learn how to play, and your article is fantastic. I highly encourage anybody to begin learning. I knew there were 88 keys on a full-size keyboard and 7 octaves. The first lesson seems like a great start, and it’s nice to see there are others!

    One thing that stands out is practice with the dominant hand: Would that depend on if a person is right-handed or left-handed? Also, what is the cost of taking piano lessons?

    Best Regards,

    Audrey

    • Hey Audrey,

      You seem very enthused about the piano, so welcome! I hope you find future lessons and tips even more helpful.

      An important thing to note:

      Most piano pieces have the melody played in the treble clef (typically the right hand) and then it is complimented by chords or other notes in the bass clef (typically the left hand.) Your dominant hand whether right or left will pick up on the melody and movements faster, generally speaking. When playing entire phrases, it is important to master the melody before practicing with the other notes and chords.

      Piano lessons with a typical teacher is averaged at $50 and hour. Some are cheaper and some are more expensive. If you don’t already have a teacher, I highly recommend reviewing some apps that you can use at home. Piano For ALL being the favorite of most – it has a one time cost of $39. Feel free to check out the blog posts on them as well.

      Top 5 Piano Courses Online

      I wish you the best!

      Deeply Trebled

  5. I must say you have done a nice one on this article! I have been playing the piano for a very long time and I must tell you guide is the best as it would expose the learners to a lot of things at an early stage….Thanks for sharing this and I will start using them immediately!

    • Hey David,

      Thank you very much for your compliments and taking the time to write to me. The key here was to provide extra options to help people begin or enhance the skills that they already have at piano. 

      Which course would you prefer? Are there any others you would like reviewed? 

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