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Basic Piano

How to play piano – Getting through the basics

by Tania Gleaves on June 29, 2015

If there were one “best way” to learn piano, websites like this one wouldn’t need to exist. The truth is, learning how to play piano has as much to do with the individual student as it does the chosen method. You need to know what’s out there, because how you start will affect the rest of your playing career.

Way back in history, when I was a budding student of the keyboard, lessons didn’t vary much from teacher to teacher. They used popular lesson books – popular because so many teachers were using the same one or two titles. It didn’t matter if the student learned better one way versus another, if he was a visual learner as opposed to auditory. Back then, “one size fit all.”

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Today, we know that there are several personality styles and just as many ways to teach a particular skill. How do you like to learn?

  • Hands-on, with little or no written instruction?
  • Visually, with short video tutorials to guide you along?
  • Aurally, by imitating what you hear?
  • Traditionally, with printed sheet music?

Determining how you want to learn is a critical first step, so be sure to take the time to discover all the methods available to you. Once you figure this out, you’ll want to settle on a practice regimen.

  • How much time can you devote weekly?
  • Should you set aside a particular time and day of the week?
  • How much discipline do you have to stick to it?
  • How can you set yourself up for success (eliminate obstacles and distractions)?

Finally, what do you need to learn? If you are a beginner, do you want to learn to read sheet music or do you want to learn by ear? Do you feel you should learn scales first or dive into the first song on your wish list? Do you want to play music as it was written – note for note – or will you be content to simplify the learning experience by playing just the song’s chords?

This site is the single resource for piano students of every type. Whether you don’t have a clue how to play piano or are interested in adding a new skill, take these important early steps to do it right!

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Easy Ways Of Learning Music Key Signature

by Tania Gleaves on June 25, 2015

Learning music key signature is very important in your piano lessons because they add “tuning” to the music pieces you are playing. At first glance, you might say that learning music key signatures is hard to do but actually it’s not. Let me teach you some techniques on how to easily know them by heart.

It is very important for every aspiring pianist to memorize all of the music key signatures. What do they look like? Music key signature is the collection of flats and sharps placed between the clef and time signature of the music staff. They indicate which keys are to be played in sharps or flats, depending on which line or space they are embedded on. If a flat falls on B, all B’s in every octave should be played in flats.

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You already know that every space and line in the music staff stand for a specific key on the piano. Without the sharps and flats, you tend to strike the white keys only. But when a sharp or flat is present on the space or line of the music piece, you will play the black keys corresponding to the key’s sharp or flat tune.

The easiest way to learn music key signature is to refer to the key signature chart because it contains the complete collection of sharps and flats. You will notice that every major and minor keys have corresponding sharps and flats associated with them. They also have corresponding orders of sharps and flats which are presented in the ascending manner. The total number of sharps and flats is seven each which corresponds to the seven basic keys of the piano. This can be easily learned through their acronyms.

Guide To Mastering Music Theory Key Signature

In the music key signature, the order of sharps follow F, C, G, D, A, E, B while the order of flats are their complete opposite B, E, A, D, G, C, F. So how do you exactly memorize these acronyms? Simple! Put them in a sentence. For sharps, use “Father Charles Goes Down And Ends Battle,” for flats, use the opposite sentence “Battle Ends And Down Goes Charles’ Father.”

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Beginner Lessons For Piano – Helpful Tips

June 20, 2015

Beginner lessons for piano will take you far in your quest. But supplementing your lessons with some ‘outside’ or unconventional training will shorten the time it takes to become an expert pianist. It goes without saying that practice makes perfect. However, there are a few additional things that you can do to improve the quality […]

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Beginning Piano Books Basics

June 19, 2015

There are many different types of beginning piano books…and with so much to choose from it can sometimes be confusing! To help you narrow down your piano books choices you have to make a few decisions. What type of piano playing are you interested in? Classical Music? If you are looking to learn classic piano, […]

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Piano Lessons Central – Where to Get Started or Take Your Skills to the Next Level!

June 18, 2015

I’m so glad you landed here. There’s a lot of misleading information out there, and too many people selling every kind of lesson you could think of. It’s troubling … these places do everything they can to convince you to buy their lessons. But what’s missing? They haven’t asked you about YOU! Are you a […]

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Time Signatures – An Essential Component to Reading Music

June 5, 2015

Fractions In Music? Oh No! Time signatures in music indicate a song’s rhythm. Sometimes called a meter, the time signature tells musicians the number of beats in each measure of music and what kind of note counts as one beat. Written as music, they look like fractions – but fortunately the only math that you […]

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Piano Lessons For Beginners – The Ultimate Insider’s Guide

June 3, 2015

Piano lessons for beginners can be a tough thing to come by. There’s so much to consider when taking up the piano for the first time. First off this is an investment, in time and money. Make sure that you are ready to make a commitment to study and practice. The piano is a beautiful […]

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Piano Scales – Get Acquainted with Music’s Foundation

May 31, 2015

Piano scales are essential building blocks in music. You will devote a good deal of your time and effort to learning and playing them. On following pages I will show you a useful overview, give you an overview of major scales as well as some important beginner exercises. Students of all levels endlessly complain about […]

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Top 10 Ways To Effectively Practice Piano

May 28, 2015

Let us start by admitting piano practice isn’t always fun. At times, it can be as grueling a task as mopping the floor or teaching your York Terrier to roll over (even when he hasn’t done it for the hundredth time). The key thing about piano practice however, is that it isn’t really supposed to […]

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How To Play The Piano – A Quickened Approach

May 17, 2015

Play the piano one key at a time? No way! There’s an old joke among seasoned pianists, and it goes something like this. Question: “How do you learn how to play the piano?” Answer: “One key at a time!” Although that certainly seems like a logical way to learn, it isn’t very practical. There are […]

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