How To Play Piano
No doubt the three handed piano player with the star wars cantina band learned how to play piano online, 12 fingers and all. Now that the internet has brought us piano lessons online, learning to read music and understanding music theory has reached a whole new level.
At first glance, all those black and white keys on the piano keyboard can look overwhelming. When you learn how to play piano your fingers may start to feel a little clumsy and troublesome, like Jar Jar Binks on a Naboo N-1 Starfighter.
On a full size keyboard, you have 88 keys to learn and only 8 fingers to do it with. And if you look at a piece of sheet music, you may start to get a little dizzy. Never fear, if you want to learn how to play piano, the piano dude is here.
Our first lesson on how to play piano will cover the 12 unique keys (notes) of the keyboard. If you learned your alphabet in kindergarten, then you should be able to learn these right away.
Notes are named from A to G (A, B, C, D, E, F, G) and are the white keys.
And mixed in between the white keys are the black keys (notes) which are the flats and sharps of the white keys.
The black keys are grouped by three and two, repeating along the keyboard.
Following any group of three black keys is a white key, which is B. Since there are technically only 5 black keys you should be able to remember these rather easily.
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The tricky part is that each black key has two names. Any black key directly to the left of a white key is a ‘flat’.
For instance, the black key to the left of ‘A’ (white) is called ‘A flat’ (black). And any black key directly to the right of a white key is a ‘sharp’. So the black key to the right of ‘G’ (white) is called ‘G sharp’ (black).
Same black key, two different notes.
If Chewbacca was a piano pedagogy, you would easily understand! Don’t start growling at me yet!
So we don’t fry your brain in our first lesson, let’s end with a simple summary for reading the notes on a sheet of music. You may have heard these classic lines before…
Play Piano – The Basics
Treble Clef Lines - Every Good Boy Does Fine (E,G,B,D,F)
Treble Clef Spaces - FACE (F,A,C,E)
Bass Clef Lines - Good Boys Do Fine Always (G,B,D,F,A)
Bass Clef Spaces - All Cows Eat Grass (A,C,E,G)
If you read through this a couple more times while sitting in front of your keyboard, you will learn a lot about how to play piano and should pick up the basics pretty quick.
As with any new subject, repetition, repetition, repetition.
“Put all your excuses aside and remember this: YOU are capable.” - Zig Ziglar