The purpose of this website: helping you learn to play the piano.  Building a strong foundation of piano-playing skills will lead to a lifetime of piano-playing joy.

Free Online Piano Lessons + Practice = Progress

With these free online piano lessons, you will begin learning how to play the piano by starting with the basics: piano notes & piano fingerings.

Study and practice the first three lessons (“pre-lesson” & lessons 1 & 2), and then choose at least 5 (all 17 would be better) of the tunes to learn (one at a time).

Each of these free online piano lessons includes simple instructions, along with the notes and fingerings for every tune in 3 different keys (to learn about “keys” see “ Piano Scales ”, or "Key Signatures"). Also, a video demonstration and music notation are available for each tune.

On the "piano tab." pages, there are no rhythm indications, and no directions regarding whether you play up or down from note to note (though fingerings offer some clues). You must use your ear. Therefore, you must choose only songs with which you are familiar.

As you progress through these lessons, your piano keyboard will grow more and more familiar to you, and the piano finger numbers will begin to feel automatic. This provides a solid foundation upon which to begin building your piano skills.

Take your time and master each lesson, practicing slowly and methodically until each element (fingering, notes, hands-separate, hands-together, memorization) and each song flows easily.

Once you’ve done this, you are ready to take on piano scales, piano chords, reading music, and learning piano literature.

(To see a "bird's eye view" plan for learning piano, see "How To Play Piano" , or check out a similar plan at "Learn To Play The Piano" .)

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.


Free Online Piano Lessons: The Very Basic Stuff

"PRE"-LESSON 1: Piano Fingering, Piano Technique, Piano Posture

LESSON 1: Know Your Keyboard, part one - the black notes

LESSON 2: Know Your Keyboard, part two – the white notes

17 Tunes To Start

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

Christmas Tune (elementary level)

Carol Of The Bells

Mid-elementary level Piano Pieces

Minuet In G (Bach)

Minuet In G Minor (Bach)

The Chicken Dance

Intermediate/Late-intermediate Piano Pieces

Spinning Song (Elmenreich)

Fur Elise (Beethoven)

Canon In D (Pachelbel)

If you want to see a blueprint for a successful piano journey...
"Piano Player... You"

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

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

If you would like a step-by-step guide to help you on your piano journey...

start working through

"The Piano Skills Foundation" piano lessons

-Click here to learn more about this piano course-

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More interested in jazz?

-click here for online jazz piano lessons-

(a different website... jazz is not a specialty)

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.

3 Ways To Support This Website

If you enjoy using and would like to help support it:

1. Buy the ebook, "Piano Player... You"

2. Purchase "Piano Skills Foundation"