-The Ultimate Guide For Piano Playing-
So, you wanna learn how to play the piano?
You are one of many people whose wish is to do the same, but I bet like most other people, that this isn't the first post you're reading about that, and you haven't known till the end what you needed to know so you could finally start playing the piano.
But, luckily you came to the right place!
Until the end of this post you'll find out everything you were interested in and what you needed so you could start playing the piano
You probably think it's difficult to learn it, how you'll need a lot of time for sitting and practicing at the piano so you could play your first song, but I'll have to disappoint you, that's not exactly true...
If you want to be a professional pianist and one of the best, then you'll have to practice for years and of course to have a lot of talent, that's true, but how to learn to play the piano well for yourself and your environment doesn't demand years and years of boring practicing like you thought, it's just the opposite.
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I've seen a lot of people who wanted to learn to play but they thought that just they can't learn it, how they can't do it because of their job and obligations or how they should learn it when they were young and that now it's too late for them.
Well,I'll tell you that Exactly You can learn to play and that Exactly You will play it very soon if you would stick to some guidelines I'm going to give you and it really doesn't matter how old you are and how bad your previous experiences were when you were studying to play the piano.
*The basic thing we have to learn is the right position of the body, sitting, posture at the piano, the correct movement of your hand and the playing
Maybe it seems too simple but it's necessary and I advise you not to skip this part because it's very important to learn the basis.
It's like building the house and if we don't build the foundation of the house well and if we keep building it high above, the foundation will fell apart at some moment and our house will fall down.
It happens the same with the playing!
If we don't learn the basis and start with learning on a higher level, we won't be able to improve playing any more at some moment and we'll have a big problem with playing.
In this video, Milica will explain everything about this.
When it comes to playing the piano, we need to know with what number which finger on our hand is marked so we can know later when and with what finger we should play.
Watch the video bellow how the fingers are marked..
Every time I would sit at the piano I was totally lost. The keys were merging with each other and I didn't know where to start practicing playing some song at all.
I didn't even know how many keys the piano has. Simply, there were too many of them :)
SHHH I'll whisper it to you? There are 88, it's incredible, isn't it?
So, how should we suppose to know all those keys? And how is each of them marked?
I know,I know, I was in your shoes, don't give up so easily!
There is a system which will help you to learn the layout of the keys and their names.
We'll learn how the keys are named by the alphabet letters
In the beginning, it would be a little bit strange to learn all the marks but remember when you were young and started learning how to write,you didn't also know then any of the words and letters and now you can read letters, words, texts in all their forms
The same thing is going to happen with our learning the keys.
Now we come to the fun part..
Watch the video in which Milan will explain how to orientate towards the piano, the layout of black and white tips, octaves and much more than that...and we already startplaying
Now that the fog is lifted and we see everything more clearly and we know everything about the layout of the keys we can move on and play with one hand and with the middle finger so we could get the balance and comfort in playing...
After we tried playing with one hand, it's time to start playing with both hands alternately, because as you already know, 99% of piano music is played with both hands. Watch the video bellow...
After we've learned the basis above, it's time to move on with scales and chords.
Scale is the series of tones which are rowing gradually from any of the tones in alphabetical order to the tone with what the scale began. The first and the last tone have the same name but they belong to different octaves. There are different scales that we can practice and the modes of those scales can be minor and major. Every scale is consisted of chords as well
The chord is the playing of at least three tones of different pitch. Every chord has the basic tone after which it is named.
Now you probably wonder why are the scales and chords important to us and why should we practice playing them?
The answer is simple. Practicing the scales we build motor movements and memory in our hands, going through every tone of the scale and as well going through chord so we learn the chords at the same time. That will allow us to come to notes and chord much easier that we need during that moment of the playing
In the next video Milica will explain the F major and D minor scales and chords..
Playing the piano can be done in two ways by playing by hearing and reading the notes from note system.
We will practice both ways but now it's time to become familiar with the terms and signs so we could know how to read notes and play them.
The advantage of any such educated pianist is that when he or she learns to read notes for once, then he or she can play every song thanks to that skill...
Let's start from tonal system because it's the basis on which we examine and read musical symbols
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Line or tonal system is a place for marking notes.
It consists of five equaly aparted horisontal lines and 4 gaps between them.
Modern line system is better than it used to be because it gives us opportunity of exact inscription(previous didn’t):
- tone level
- 2. tone duration
- 3. interval between tones
We count line and gaps from underneath to upwards.We clamp line systems at beginning with vertical line (nexus):
Note inscribe order is this:
Key -To make giving note names (alphabetically) in line system possible we put sign named key at the beginning of every line system.Name and place of key gives same name to note on appropriate line.Today music use couple of keys,mostly G-key ( or “violin”) for marking high tones and F-key (or bass key) for low tones.G-key stands on second line:
In use by :violin,flute,hautboy,clarinet,saxophone,accordion,trumpet,piano and harp right hand,part of percussion.
F-key is written on fourth line and gave the same name to note f (f in little octave).Bass key is mostly in use by:cello,contrabass,horn,trombone,bass,clarinet,bassoon,accordion(bass),piano and harp left hand.
G-key marking notes:
If we mark G-key at the beginning of line system,note on second line will get g name.
Notes in some melody could have different continuance.We defined and marked different note levels with note place in line system.With different note shapes we will define and mark note lasting.Every shape represents one note value depending of note lasting.
Note overview :
Note lasting define:
- The speed at which the music is performed,tempo ...
- Note shapes which look like
There are a lot of symbols that are used in music.
We'll see some of them now in the video bellow which are important to us for our practicing. Let's see what they are and what they are used for
Now that we got familiar with reading the musical symbols, we can continue with a new chapter which is important too,so we can round our story about the knowledge we need to understand music like a pianist the beginner.
The most important thing we need to learn about the rhythm is Time Signature
As you well know, a musical piece is divided in equal measures or bars.
- Bar is the smallest metric part of composition which is between two vertical lines on line system (Bar lines).
The basic idea here is the same as in a poetry.
So, every bar regarding of the time signature has a certain number on beats.
These beats are always equal between themselves as duration.
The time signature tells us how many beats we have in a certain bar.
- There are so many time signatures. We mark them at the beginning of line system, behind the key and eventually foretokens.
- Types of time signatures:
Watch in the following video some explained examples which we need for further practicing
Here are some examples of practicing and counting the Time Signature
Conducting is a way of practicing some rhythm (note value in a melody).It’s performing by pronouncing notesor by “ta,ta” and it is followed by hand moving. Movements are :up,down,left and right.Each move represent one measuring unit of bar, conducting depends of time signature mark.
Ways of conducting:
- This is the way of conducting when we’ve got 2/4 time signature
- Way of conducting with 3/4 time signature
- Way of conducting with C = 4/4 time signature
And here we are...
Time passes fast in a good company :)
Until now you got familiar with all the elements of knowledge needed for playing the piano
We've learned the correct posture, fingering, we got familiar with the piano and how to orientate towards it
Playing with just one and with both hands, we've learned also the scales and chords and why we need them.
We've explained what the note system is, and reading the symbols and in the end we've learn about the rhythm and its elements needed for our level of playing the piano
Now you have a lot of tools in your tool bag and it's up to you whether you'll use them or not, and as you are still reading this post I'm sure you will.
There's no more excuses!! :)
It's time for you to learn to play your favorite song.
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