Are you looking for a way to learn piano, but don’t know where to start? You’ve come to the right place. The Beginner’s Guide to Learning Piano is designed with beginners in mind and will give you everything that you need to get going on your new instrument!
We walk through all the basics, from what notes are in an octave and how they work together harmoniously when played on one instrument, to how reading music works visually.
1. Why learn piano in the first place?
Piano is the most versatile instrument on earth. If you could only own one musical instrument, we would recommend a piano to start with because it can be used in every genre of music! Music isn’t just for listening anymore—pianos are now an integral part of songwriting and production in popular genres like pop or hip-hop.
What do I need to get started?
The first thing that you will want to purchase is a digital keyboard (this will allow you to play anywhere without needing space for a large acoustic model). You should also invest in sheet music books, which provide easy instruction on how reading notes works visually and give different tunes at varying difficulty levels so that you don’t get bored with the same old music.
How do I learn to read notes?
Just like how you learned your ABCs, reading piano notes is a cinch. The five white lines represent different parts of each note and tell you which finger should play that note—the left hand thumb plays low on the keyboard while the right hand fingers play high.
2. What to expect from a beginner's course?
Many people are interested in learning the piano, but don’t know how to go about it. A beginner course will teach you everything from tuning and holding your hands correctly (to avoid carpel tunnel syndrome!) to reading music and playing basic tunes like “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.” The best part is that a teacher can help you with these tasks, so they become much easier!
Piano Vs Guitar: Which Instrument Is Easier?
You may be wondering whether guitar or piano would be better for beginners—the answer really depends on what kind of sound you want! Acoustic pianos have a richer tone than guitars which means if mellow sounds are more up your alley, then the electric keyboard might be a better option.
Music Theory 101: What Is Rhythm?
The rhythm of music is found in the beat or tempo which you can find out by counting how many beats happen within a given time frame. Rhythm also comes from accents and rests (notes not played) as they all contribute to each other when playing together. To make it easier, some songs break up their rhythms into bars with four beats per bar! A long rest at the beginning of a new measure indicates that there are two measures per bar so now you know where your downbeats will come from!
3. How to find a teacher and what they should teach you?
Some teachers will teach you the basics like how to read music, play your first song on piano and use the correct fingerings.
Others might just be focused on shredding with scales, theory or technique until your fingers fall off while some even offer one-on-one lessons where they'll tailor a curriculum that caters to any style of playing!
Before deciding if it's worth paying for lessons, try seeking out a teacher who specializes in what type of music you want to learn since this can make all the difference.
You can also take online lessons with a private teacher via video conferencing. In the past, learning how to play piano was a skill that only privileged people could afford.
Fast forward to today and playing an instrument can be done by anyone with access to keys on their computer or phone! Not only is it more affordable than ever before but you also have a wealth of resources online like YouTube tutorials for beginners who are just starting out.
What if I don't know what genre I want?
Don't worry - there's plenty of variety available so whatever your taste, you'll find a pianist that suits it.
4. Tips for practicing at home or on your own
· Keep a notebook with you - it's always good to have an outlet for your thoughts or ideas.
· Listen to music in the background while practicing. You could try finding composers that are similar to the style of music you're playing, which will help you find new pieces and broaden your horizons!
· Play games against yourself (a great one is Sight Reading Ball). It will keep things interesting and teach you how to read rhythms well too - not just notes on a page.
· One more thing: never give up! Practice regularly but don't compare yourself unfavorably with other people; we all learn at our own pace.
How else can I improve my practicing at home?
· Try playing pieces by memory. It will be harder, but it will train your brain and muscle memory to remember what you're doing in a much deeper way than just running through the motions from sheet music.
· Create flashcards for new scales or chords that are tough to learn. This will help you memorize what you need to know and then quiz yourself later on.
· Turn your practice time into scheduled events, like taking one hour out of every day or two hours on the weekend to do it. If you're not sure how much time is best, start by trying five minutes and work your way up from there! Practice piano as often as possible so you don't forget what you've learned!
· Make a schedule for yourself and stick to it regularly. This will help ensure that you always have some free time in the day where you can fit in an hour (or more!) worth of playing without any hassle at all!
5. What are some popular pieces of music that beginners can play?
· Jingle Bells - a classic that any beginner can learn.
· Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star - another oldie but goodie! This one is great for little kids learning piano to play while they're singing it too :)
· Fur Elise - a beautiful piece of music that's great for beginners.
· Ode to Joy - a classic that you may have heard of before.
6. Where to buy an instrument, if needed?
· Local music store - this is the best place to go if you need an instrument.
· Amazon or other online retailers - these aren't as good because they don't have a wide variety of instruments in stock, but it's worth considering for beginners who want a keyboard or electronic piano rather than acoustic piano.
What accessories do I need?
· A Piano (obviously)
· Music stand and sheet music holders- so that you can easily read your sheet music while playing THE BEST PIANO EVER! :) These allow you set up your own space on top of any table and start jamming out tunes without needing anything else at all! Just remember: buy them together with the piano itself to save money!
· A piano bench- this is the seat you sit on when playing your new instrument.
· Polishing kit for piano - so that it stays looking shiny and doesn't get too dusty!
What about a method book?
Although there are many great books out there, here's one we recommend: Faber Piano Adventures All Ages Course Book One. It comes with lessons to teach you how to read sheet music, play songs by ear or from memory etc., plus exercises designed specifically to make sure you keep improving over time (rather than getting stuck in a rut).
The course starts off basic but introduces more difficult things as well at just the right pace, which means it'll be perfect for beginners of any age who want to start now.
In conclusion, there are many benefits to learning piano. If this article has convinced you that the instrument is right for you, we would love to help get your started!
One of our expert teachers will guide you through a beginner's course and teach all about technique and practice methods so that when it comes time for lessons at home or on your own, practicing won't be such a chore.
The most popular pieces of music among beginners include scales, easy classical melodies like "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" or even some pop songs by famous artists that you like.
Enroll today and get started as soon as this week!