How To Play The Piano

You can learn how to play the piano.  Whether you are extremely gifted or just an average person with the desire to be a musician, the world of piano and piano music is absolutely accessible to you if you are willing to put in time and effort.  At the start, though, you would benefit the most from the type of overall concept offered in the new ebook, Piano Player... You.  

With the whole piano journey laid out for you, you will be able to organize and practice effectively and make steady progress.  The elements of your piano-playing foundation and areas of piano study are all described in detail in the book, but here are a few of the basic ideas:

Learn Your Keyboard And Your Piano Finger Numbers

To build piano skills, you must first develop a familiarity with the piano keyboard and with your own fingers and how they fit and move on the keys. The piano key layout, note names, and piano finger numbers must become as familiar to the pianist as the controls of a car are to a driver.

A proper (comfortable and effective) sitting position, hand position, and basic piano technique help tremendously.

To learn basic piano technique, the piano keys layout and note names, and piano fingerings, go to "free piano lessons" . Practice (instructions for practicing are included) and master as many of the melodies as you would like.

You will also be learning some basic practicing techniques for learning and memorizing music on the piano.

Next (in no particular order, but it’s best if you work a bit in each category simultaneously):

For a more complete understanding of how to build your piano-playing foundation,  read

"Piano Player... You".

For the most direct, organized, and progressive path to learning to play the piano, start

the Piano Skills Foundation series of piano lessons.

Learn Piano Scales

Learning and mastering the scales on the piano is foundational to your understanding of music, to your technique, and to your confidence and comfort level at the keyboard.

To learn about scales, scale fingerings, key signatures, and how to practice and play scales, go to “Piano Scales”.

Learn Piano Chords

Piano chords are just as foundational for learning how to play the piano as scales. From the most basic three-note chords (called “triads”), to the most complex jazz and blues chords, a piano player cannot go wrong by developing an extensive chord knowledge and vocabulary.

Learn and play chords to boost your music reading, music memorizing, music composition, improvisation, song leading, accompanying, and overall confidence at the keyboard.

To begin building your repertoire of chords, go to “Piano Chords”.

Video: Major & Minor Triads Progression Of Learning

Start Reading Music

Learning to read piano music opens up a whole world of music to pianists of all abilities and is a worthy and attainable pursuit for everyone wanting to know how to play the piano.

For a plan to help you become a confident music reader at the piano, go to “reading music”.

Learn And Memorize Piano Music

On the road to mastering the piano, a person will discover a vast array of music available to pianists. The range and variety of music and music resources for the piano is incredible. To visit a web page devoted to piano music and piano music books, go to "Piano Music Books" , or "Piano Sheet Music" , or "Piano Music" (new windows will open) and look around at the huge amount of piano music which is readily available for pianists of all ability levels.

How to play the piano: Practice, Practice, Practice...

Practice is the key to a developing pianist. For a comprehensive, very descriptive guide to practicing, go to "How To Practice".

If you prefer a real academic approach, music theory is a fun area of study.

-click here for helpful music theory information-

Serious about playing the piano?

Read Piano Player... You

A guide to building a solid and complete piano-playing foundation.

-Click here to learn more about this e-book-

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Looking for some piano music?

I have found Sheet Music Plus to be a fantastic resource for piano books & other materials.  And they have instant digital downloads for thousands of individual pieces.

Need A Metronome?

Here's the metronome I prefer to use for practicing the piano:

Seiko Sq50-V Quartz Metronome

(Clicking on the picture will take you to the "Musician's Friend" website. A new window will open.)

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