Imagine walking up to a piano and playing half a dozen songs for your friends, or be asked to play for your church, on the odd occasion that the regular pianist cannot attend. Or just play the piano for you, maybe compose a little song or two; how cool would that be? Well I can tell you it is possible and anybody can do it. This article is the first of seven articles with very useful information that will give you to a firm grounding to go on and teach yourself how to play.
You can take piano lessons online and make your dreams a reality. If you do not particularly want to become a concert pianist and just play the piano for fun, that’s great, because you can, easily. Yes you may have to learn how to read music, but it’s not as difficult as you think. You can learn to play the piano at your own pace, you learn easily by not putting yourself under pressure and setting time limits. There are no exams to cram for, just learn to play at your own speed, have fun and enjoy playing songs quickly.
Make a plan, a non pressure sensible plan that you know you can stick to and commit yourself to. You will soon see your progress snowball. Start slowly; take in the basics, there is no need to struggle as help is always at hand should you need it, because it really is not difficult. Learning to play the piano is fairly easy if taught properly.
So where exactly do you start? Obviously you will need a piano, electronic keyboard, or some other keyboard set up. Next choose how you would like to progress, what type of lessons would you be able to cope with. It is my view that online piano lessons are best, not only best for price but best for progressing at your own speed, best for help if you find it a struggle, and there are various payment options, with online piano courses, you may be able to download the whole course or opt for a deferred payment plan, where you download sections of the course. Whichever you choose, make a plan of training that suits you not your tutor. This has to be fun remember; now let’s face the music so to speak. The four paragraphs below will teach you basic fundamentals of music and how the keys on the keyboard relate to written sheet music.
1. You probably already know how to find certain notes on a music score. If you go back and recall from your school music lessons, the word “FACE” the letter names of the notes in between the lines on a music sheet. Also the phrase “Every Good Boy Deserves Favour” the first letter of each word represents the name of the notes on the leger lines on the music sheet. This being E, G, B, D, and F, reading from the bottom line upward, as with F, A, C, E, the space note names reading from the bottom upwards.
2. As a little exercise if you sit at your piano and locate the twinned black keys just left of centre on your keyboard, the white key to the right of these two is the note E, If you put your right hand thumb on the E key and hold it there, with your remaining fingers press and hold every alternate white key until all fingers are on an alternate white key; you now have your fingers and thumb sitting on the treble leger lines. E.G.B.D.F. and the white keys in between your fingers are the spaces of the treble leger lines. F.A.C.E. This will result in you finding the notes E, F, G, A, B, C, D, E, F, all the basic notes on the treble clef.
3. In your schooldays music lessons did you also learn that the bass lines have little rhymes to aid memory also? These are for the bass lines, Grizzly Bears Don’t Fear Anything, again the first letters of the word are the note names G, B, D, F, A. For the spaces between these lines, All Cows Eat Grass, the first letters again for A, C, E, and G. You can do the same exercise with the base leger lines and spaces as you did with the treble clef, only this time use the left hand and place your thumb on the third white key left of the twin centre black keys that we located before. This exercise is to enable you to locate these notes on your piano keyboard and relate them to your sheet music.
4. You may notice that there are three white keys between the two exercises you have just completed. These three notes are also between the bass lines and the treble lines; although over the many years of music transformation they are not as pronounced as the other notes I mentioned above. These three notes are B, C, and D, This C is very important as it is a reference point on the piano, it is Middle C, you must remember this middle C and it’s location.
To summarise; you will now be able to find all the treble and bass notes and to locate middle C. These are your building blocks for all your future music lessons. Play the notes and call their name out loud, what I call play and say, this will help you to remember the notes on the keyboard and the sheet music. When you think you can find them easily, play and say them out of sequence and your fingers will eventually find them automatically. Make a regular practice routine and stick to it, half an hour to an hour a day would be excellent.