In this day and age, you can learn to play piano online using the amazing amount of resources provided by the internet. The problem is that so many different approaches and so much information can be a bit overwhelming for the beginner. You may not be able to find a simple and basic path to getting started. I'm hoping to help provide you with that starting path here at True Piano Lessons.com.
[Before laying out a plan for the start of your piano journey, I just want to encourage you to keep your eye out for a good piano teacher in your area. There is no substitute for having the ears, eyes, and mind of an experienced pianist guiding you along the way. If you can find a good teacher, and can afford their rate, I highly recommend giving it a try.]
So, at this website, you will find a plan to begin learning to play piano online starting with some basic technique (how to sit, hand position, etc...), keyboard awareness and understanding, and 17 "tunes" to get you started. By learning several of these familiar tunes on the piano, you will begin the process of developing your keyboard knowledge and awareness, as well as a familiarity with piano fingerings and with your fingers. Also, you will be exercising your sense of rhythm and your musical ear.
Along with the "tunes", to play piano online you should begin working through the series of 8 basic piano exercises designed to get the beginner playing and moving on the keys. Along with these exercises, you can learn how to play arpeggios and cadence chords and the Twinkle Twinkle exercise (leading to Burlesque). The ultimate destination of all of these exercises will be the ability to play Scales, Arpeggios, Cadence, and Burlesque in all of the major keys.
Also, you will find ideas for a path towards learning to read music. This will include learning the notes on the piano and the notes on the music staff. A good piano method book series is described and recommended for developing your music reading skills.
Finally, you will also find some examples of how to learn and memorize piano music.
This path to playing the piano is described in detail and outlined in my ebook "Piano Player... You" (see links below). So as you play piano online, if you really want to see the "big picture" of your piano journey, you may want to consider getting the book.
Lesson 3: Mary Had A Little Lamb in C, F, & G
Lesson 4: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star in C, F, & G
Lesson 5: When The Saints Go Marching In in C,F, & G
Lesson 6: You Are My Sunshine in C,F, & G
Lesson 7: Down In The Valley in C,F, & G
Lesson 8: Frere Jacques in C,F, & G
Lesson 9: Alouette in C,F, & G
Lesson 10: Yankee Doodle in C,F, & G
Lesson 11: The Water Is Wide in C,F, & G
Lesson 12: Brahms Lullaby in C,F, & G
Lesson 13: Home On The Range in C,F, & G
Lesson 14: Danny Boy in C,F, & G
Lesson 15: Amazing Grace in C,F, & G
Lesson 16: Simple Gifts in C,F, & G
Lesson 17: America the Beautiful in C,F, & G
Lesson 18: The Star Spangled Banner in C,F, & G
Lesson 19: Greensleeves in A-minor, D-minor, & E-minor
Here are a few examples of how to go about learning and memorizing piano music:
Elementary level pieces
Intermediate level pieces
Advanced level pieces