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.

Learn Piano Online

In this day and age, you can learn piano online using the amazing amount of resources provided by the internet. The problem is that a beginner can easily be overwhelmed by the numerous different approaches and vast amount of information available.  Finding a simple and basic path to start your piano-playing career can be a real challenge. Here at True Piano, I would like to help make that path more clear to you.

[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 that will help you learn 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 enhancing your sense of rhythm and your musical ear.

Along with the "tunes", to learn 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, to help you learn piano online, you will benefit from 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.

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.


Basic Technique:

"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

The Tunes

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

The Basic Exercises

-Click here to go to the exercises for beginners-





-click here for the instructions and video tutorial on Burlesque-

Scales, Arpeggios, Cadence, and Burlesque

-click here to see the whole routine-

Music Reading

-click here for ideas on reading music at the piano-

Learning and Memorizing Piano Pieces

Here are a few examples of how to go about learning and memorizing piano music:

Elementary level pieces

The Chicken Dance

Minuet in G (Bach)

Carol Of the Bells

Intermediate level pieces

Fur Elise (Beethoven)

Canon In D (Pachelbel)

Advanced level pieces

The Entertainer (Joplin)

The "Moonlight" Sonata, 1st movement (Beethoven)

Learn Piano Online: Some Music Theory

-click here for Wikipedia's explanation of music theory (it is cool)-

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-

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"