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Basic Piano

How to Play Keyboard

by Tania Gleaves on August 16, 2014

If you want to learn how to play keyboard like a pro, you need to become familiar with the open chord position. Just what is the open chord position and how can it improve your musicianship?

To start off, have you ever noticed that when you are learning to play the keyboard your hands are in the middle of the keyboard the entire time? A full sized keyboard has 88 keys (just like a piano) And yet most players are confined to a small section of keys.

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This confinement is mainly the fault of the composer who wrote the music you are playing. They play the piano or keyboard in that method and that’s the way they write music. The classic three-note triad chord is pretty popular, but it keeps your hands (and your music) very limited.

Once you’ve mastered the basics of how to play, you should step outside of those boundaries and experiment. One of the best ways to do so is by learning how to use the open chord structure.

The open chord structure allows you to sound like a professional right away! Its not an easy chord structure to learn…but it does offer several benefits.

First of all, the open chord structure sounds modern. When you learn to play keyboard, you probably want to sound more modern anyway. The electronic keyboard lends itself to the contemporary sounds of pop, jazz and new age music.

The open chord structure can help you improvise music. Once you learn the basics, you can use the method to experiment with music and create your own compositions. It makes learning how to play keyboard fun and exciting.

You can also learn to use the entire keyboard, instead of just the middle section of keys. The open chord structure can be moved up and down the keys for different sounds and feelings. The music created with this chord structure is exciting and engaging…for both the player and the listener!

This chord position uses more than two octaves of the keyboard. It produces a big, modern sound that is easy to improvise over and improve upon. When you use it, you command more of the keyboard and create a more professional sound.

There are lessons online and in creative books on how to play keyboard. Taking the time to learn the open chord position is one of the best ways to increase your music ability and sound like a pro!

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Beginner Piano Lessons

by Tania Gleaves on August 10, 2014

Welcome to what I believe is one of the easiest beginner piano lessons you will find anywhere. I’ve built this introduction to piano based on the experiences I’ve had successfully teaching countless others. My method is to keep it simple, make everything make sense, and move at a pace that keeps things interesting.

When you look at the piano keyboard, you see white keys and black keys. Each key represents a note. Notice there’s a pattern; the black keys are arranged in groups of two and three. Everywhere you see the group of three, the white key positioned between the second and third black key is called “A.” If you play an A and read off alphabetically as you play each white key after the A, you will notice that the note after G is also between the second and third black key. It is another A. Notice how the tune of both A’s is identical; one is just higher than the other.

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We call the distance between one A and the next A an octave. “Oct,” the root of octave, means eight. There are eight notes from A to A. The distance from B to B is an octave also, and the same is true for all the notes on the piano.

Find the note “C” on the keyboard. To locate it, you can either count up from A, or I’ll give you a hint: somewhere in the middle of the keyboard, locate a group of two black keys (not three); C is the white key just to the left of the first black key. Now, play the C and each white note to the right of it, reading off the names of the notes – C, D, E, F, G, A, B – until you land on the next C. Congratulations, you’ve played a scale in the key of C!

The scale is the most basic building block for everything we do on the piano. The first note of the scale you played was C. Your scale, therefore, was in the key of C.

You build chords – melodic groups of notes played simultaneously – from the notes in the scale. To play a C chord, you would play a C, E and G together. Go ahead and place your thumb over the C, your middle finger over the E, and your pinky over the G. Press down on all three notes together. That’s a C chord.

While your thumb stays over the C, locate a C two octaves down to the left and play it with your left thumb. Play that note together with the C chord. You’ve just combined bass with your chord. Here comes the tricky part. Counting from the C, move your left thumb to the right until it is over the F. With your right fingers positioned over the C chord, move them to the right until your thumb is over the F, your middle finger is over the A, and your pinky is over the C. Play the left and right hand parts together. That’s an F chord with F for the bass. Finally, move everything one more position to the right – left thumb over G and right thumb over G, middle finger over the B and pinky over the D. Play it all together and you’ve played a G chord with a G bass.

Believe it or not, you’ve just played the basic three-chord pattern of most of the rock songs written over the last six decades!

Get comfortable playing notes and chords and combining them with bass. From here, you can learn to play real songs. Check out the links section to decide where you personally want to go next!

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Piano Songs Every Pianist Likes To Play

August 5, 2014

Piano songs come in all sorts and styles. Every pianist loves to play some now and then, even if you prefer classical pieces. And although a song usually contains vocal parts, many have been rearranged for performance on piano only. Let’s take a closer look at some great composers of songs you can play as […]

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Basic Piano Lessons – Hmmm…Where Do We Begin?

July 21, 2014

What is the big dilemma? There are more opportunities to learn basic piano lessons than ever before. And on one hand, this is a wonderful achievement since it increases the expose to a truly great medium. On the other hand, it can make finding appropriate lessons a bit more difficult than we’d like it to […]

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Top 4 Reasons to Learn to Play Piano

July 14, 2014

The Piano Has Its Own Unique Sound One of top 4 reasons to learn to play piano is the unique sound it makes. No other instrument comes close to the type and quality of music generated by the piano, which consequently, is a good thing. High quality music requires that its instruments sound different from […]

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Playing Beginner Piano – An Introduction

July 10, 2014

It isn’t hard at all to learn beginner piano and once you learn the basics, you’ll discover that the rest of your journey is a straightforward process. Learning can be intimidating to people who have no experience with piano music at all, but it can even intimidate musicians who are used to playing a different […]

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Beginner Lessons For Piano – Helpful Tips

July 9, 2014

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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Top 5 Myths About Learning To Play Piano

July 4, 2014

You have to be born with natural ability. As one of the top 5 myths about learning to play piano, this myth may have you condemned before you even start! Everyone and anyone can learn to play piano as long as they exercise the required amount of patience and practice. The piano in fact, is […]

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Piano Scales – Get Acquainted with Music’s Foundation

June 28, 2014

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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Easy Ways Of Learning Music Key Signature

June 26, 2014

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. […]

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