Welcome to True Piano Lessons.com. Thanks for visiting. I hope you find this website helpful for you and your piano playing. I am still in the process of building it, but I think it has a lot to offer as it stands now. I want this to be a place where you can go online and receive high quality information and instruction along the path of your piano journey.
Here you will find the most fundamental building-blocks of a piano player's foundation including notes on the music staff and detailed keyboard diagrams. All of the scales and chords have music notation, tab (if you are not yet a music-reader), fingerings, and video tutorials. You will find a lineup of 17 “tunes” (also see Free Piano Lessons below) for pianists just getting started, or anyone just wanting to learn some melodies. You will find ideas for music reading, piano music resources, and how to practice. I apologize if the website does not yet offer what you need, but I would encourage you to come back frequently, as I continually add to it every chance I get.
Everything at this website is free, except for the e-book, Piano Player… You, in which I have condensed everything I’ve learned in 21 years of piano-teaching into a guide for building a strong foundation of piano-playing skills and knowledge. The book is for anyone who really wants to learn how to play the piano but is not quite sure what the process entails. Through reading the book, your piano path will become very clear to you. (The book would also be very helpful for anyone looking for ideas on how to teach piano to others.)
My name is David Graf and I love playing and practicing the piano. You will not find my name on anyone’s list of great pianists, for I have never been one. As a child I was drawn to the piano because I was amazed what people could do with it and I wanted to be able to do that too. Lacking any real prodigious talent, I struggled mightily but stuck with it through the years. As a high school senior, I auditioned and was accepted (even managed to earn a scholarship) into the music school at the University of Colorado, Boulder. I practiced like crazy and came out with both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in piano performance. Since then, I’ve discovered that my passion for practicing and playing the piano is eclipsed only by my passion for teaching, which I’ve been doing for almost 22 years now. (Married to my college sweetheart, living happily with our 2 energetic kids in Centennial, Colorado.)
As a piano teacher, my goal for every student is to build a solid foundation of piano-playing skills and knowledge with which to enjoy practicing and playing the piano for life. Through their piano lessons, my students all learn that the key is to know how to practice and to have fun practicing. With a combination of hard work and taking pleasure in the hard work, along with persistent and consistent effort over time, they all reach high levels of ability over a period of years.
Most of the kids I teach stay with it from elementary school through high school. The high school seniors play well enough to audition for college music programs, if they're crazy enough to do so (most are smart enough to choose a more practical college path). My adult students quite often stay with it all the way into advanced-level piano music, reaping the rewards of persistent enjoyable practice over the years.
I specialize in helping average people become above average piano players.
I hope that with this website, you may enhance your piano journey and develop piano-playing abilities which will allow you to enjoy practicing and playing for years to come.
To see how your work here fits into your piano-playing foundation, read "Piano Player... You".
Learn how to play the piano using step-by-step free tutorials. The lessons are fun, informative, easy-to-follow, and
Piano scales made understandable and playable. Notes and fingerings, as well as help in practicing and progression of learning.
Learn piano chords using staff notation, tablature, fingering, and keyboard images.
Piano notes illustrated on the keyboard, and on the staff. Learn to recognize the piano notes.
Learn the basics of reading music on the piano. Notes, clefs, rhythm and tips on methods and how to practice.
Learn how to play the piano by following this plan. An overview of a piano player’s development.
Learn how to practice piano for technique, reading music, and memorizing music. Develop an effective routine.
A list and review of piano music books which are highly successful for teaching and learning piano.
A foundational plan for teaching piano.
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All the music for this website can be found here.
A guide to building a solid and complete piano-playing foundation.