You want to learn the piano but don’t know where to start? Well, we can help. This article will tell you about everything you need to get going.
Step 1: Choose A Piano or Keyboard
Deciding to go on a honeymoon is exciting and amazing but you cannot go alone. You need to have a life partner to do so. The same is the case with learning a piano. You cannot learn a piano without an instrument.
So let’s get started and help you find the right instrument. You have three categories:
- Digital keyboards - The cheapest, most convenient, and most versatile. Sound and feel aren’t as good as acoustic pianos, but keyboards work well as a first instrument.
- Digital pianos - Larger and more expensive, but nearly as versatile while mimicking the feel of an acoustic piano well. A great alternative if budget and space allow.
- Acoustic pianos - The best option for playing experience and sound quality, but by far the largest and can be extremely expensive.
Digital keyboards don’t need maintenance, and you can almost always choose to play with a range of instrument sounds: pianos, organs, or non-keyboard instruments like strings. The sound quality on cheaper, older keyboards isn’t great, but modern models are pretty good.
A downside of digital keyboards is that the playing experience can vary from excellent to not-so-good based on two key factors: the number of keys and the type of key action.
Number of keys
A full-size piano keyboard has 88 keys, spanning seven octaves and three extra notes. If you want the most accurate piano experience, go for this. If you’re limited by size, then the next largest is fine (76 keys: six octaves, three notes). This will serve you well, but you will find yourself hitting the lower limit on some classical pieces like Beethoven’s “Für Elise”, the upper limit on much of Chopin (he loved the high notes), and many 20th century composers like Debussy, Ravel, Prokofiev, and Bartok.
Anything less than 76 keys and you will regularly hit the upper or lower limits. Of course, if you simply don’t have space and it would be a choice between 61 keys and nothing at all, then 61 keys it is. Five octaves will limit you, but that’s all they had back in the 1700s when Mozart was composing music. And if it was good enough for Mozart…
Digital pianos give the convenience and flexibility of a keyboard while recreating the playing experience of an acoustic piano very well, especially as technology keeps improving. They usually have hammer action keys (see Key action guide above) and are made of wood or imitation material. This gives you the feel of playing a solid instrument, while they don’t require tuning or the same physical maintenance as an acoustic piano.
Like a digital keyboard, the sound is either synthetic or sampled, and like a digital keyboard, this gives you a range of the piano and other instrument sounds. Unlike many digital keyboards, they have the full 88 keys, so you won’t limit what you can play (see Number of keys above).
One downside is that while they vary in size and shape, and are smaller than their acoustic counterparts, they are not easily portable. So if you go for one of these, then you may need to experiment with where to place it at home. In general, digital pianos are more expensive than keyboards but far cheaper than the equivalent acoustic piano.
The original sound and playing experience that has shaped Western music for centuries. As you play, you can feel the notes resonate up through your fingers and around the room. This “acoustic” sound is created with entirely physical parts, so no electronics, sampling, or loudspeakers are involved.
Now you have got enough ideas on pianos. Get yourself a good one and start learning.
Step 2: Getting Familiar With Your Notes
Music notes may seem strange now, but so did the letters of the alphabet when you first encountered them as a child. Your curiosity and the constant use of the written and spoken language around you have furnished your ability to read and not be scared of written words when you see them. The same will happen for music notes. They are the ABC of music, and with constant practice, you will learn to sight-read them just like you are sight-reading this information now. Here goes:
Let’s start you off with the popular show tune from “The Sound of Music” - Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti-Do. You know it –right? Sing it out loud. Music notes are marked by the letters A B C D E F G. The show tune will be used to help you get the pitch of the notes as well as to learn the keys,
That note in the center of the staff is Middle C. Position yourself in the middle of your piano, and let’s find Middle C and learn the piano keys.
Tip: The notes on the Treble Clef (top) are the higher pitch notes and those on the Bass Clef (bottom) are the lower pitch. The treble clef notes (higher notes) match up with the keys going to the right of Middle C and are often played with the right hand unless the music piece requires otherwise.
Step 3: Getting Familiar With the Piano Keys
Getting familiar with the piano keys is very important otherwise you will end in disaster.
The black keys are used to play what is known as sharp (#) and flat (b) notes and appear in groups of twos and threes. Look for the set of five black keys (1 group of 3 and one of 2) that are in the center of your piano.
Middle C is the white key to the left of the two black keys in the middle of the piano. Place finger 1 (your right thumb) on Middle C. If you go up and down the entire length of the piano you will notice that the key to the immediate left of any set of two black keys is a C. Take a little time to study the diagrams above and below again while matching the notes to the piano keys.
Step 4: Number The Fingers
To play the piano to the best of our ability, you need to be sure to play with the proper fingerings. The first step to proper fingerings is to number the fingers themselves. For both hands, the fingerings go from #1 for thumbs to #5 for the pinky finger.
Step 5: Playing Do-Re-Mi
Now look and the diagram above and have some fun playing the tune. Remember you start at Middle C and can go up and down the piano familiarizing yourself with the keys.
Step 6: Picking It Up a Bit
Now let’s jazz things up a bit and try playing another easy song – Jingle Bells. Study the diagram showing the keys and the music sheet. The 4/4 to the left of the clef means that each measure/bar requires four beats - 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 and. Go on to the next step to learn the count for each note on the music sheet.
Step 7: Music Notes and Timing
Each note indicates how many counts it should receive (how long you should down the key). Three notes are used in the music sheet but there are more (research those). Identify the notes one at a time then read below for the designated counts.
Whole note – Four beats (1 and -2 and – 3 and - 4 and).
Half note – Two beats (1 and 2 and).
Quarter note – One beat (1 and)
Step 8: Connecting the Notes
The first measure of the music sheet has three E notes. Two are quarter notes and a half note. Play these until you get the hang of it then move on to the other measures until you can play them in succession.
What Are The Best Way To Learn Piano?
1. The invention of New Technologies and New Ways
As the world is progressing, many new technologies and new ways are being invented that are helping us to learn piano more easily and fastly. These new ways have made it easier for people to learn piano in minutes instead of spending hours on learning notes and identifying the right keys.
Many online ways are there to learn the piano. When you start searching the internet, you find thousands of sites that help you learn the piano within minutes and without any difficulty.
Online courses, interactive apps, and live lessons through webchat and video tools bring lessons to your home, making learning the piano more accessible and convenient than ever before.
These developments carry terrific advantages, providing you with interactive, graphical interfaces that can accelerate your understanding and maybe especially captivating for children.
Despite having advantages, This phenomenal innovation carry potential disadvantages as well
Learning piano via technology may diminish musical artistry, portraying piano playing as nothing more than a technical exercise rather than an adventure in artistic expression.
So, while technological platforms can make learning piano more interesting, learning from an in-studio instructor can make your journey more inspiring.
2. Choosing The Right Instrument
The instrument plays an important role in learning something. As you can’t drive without a car, and you can not play cricket without a bat and a ball. The same is the case with the piano. You cannot play the piano without a keyboard.
Acoustic pianos stand out as the traditional choice, whether upright or spinet, studio or grand. They offer real mechanical action, give you fuller control of the sound, and produce superior tone and timbre.
So when you press the keys, you can “feel” the small vibrations as the felt hammers strike the metal strings, you can hear the acoustic reverberations of the sound, and you can shape the sound with the pedals as a potter shapes wet clay.
3. Choosing Your Learning Path
Once you’ve selected your instrument, it’s time to start learning for real. As you sort through your options, remember – there’s no one right answer!
Even the best option for you will be imperfect.
- Following standard piano teaching curriculum
- Studying music theory and applying what you learn on the keyboard
- Playing by ear
- Taking private lessons with an independent instructor
- Taking private lessons through a piano education center
- Enrolling in standardized online courses
- Following videos and tutorials
- Utilizing software and apps
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Is it easy to learn the piano?
The piano might be the easiest instrument to learn if you want to play only easy pieces. But if you want to reach for the stars and aim for the hardest pieces, you might take an entire life practicing many hours every day and even so ended up being frustrated that you can’t play that dream piece as good as you’d like.
2. How long does it take to learn the piano?
Learn one piece by rote: A few weeks. Read Basic Piano Music: 6 months-3 years. Read Intermediate Piano Music: 3-10 years. Play Advanced Classical Music: 10-15 years.
3. What’s the hardest instrument to learn?
Most Difficult Musical Instruments to Learn
- Oboe. …
- Bagpipes. …
- Harp. …
- Piano. …
- Accordion. …
- Classical Guitar. The classical guitar is a musical instrument that most youngsters aim at learning. …
- Drums. Drums are believed to be the easiest instruments to learn but the most difficult to master. …
4. What’s the easiest instrument to learn?
- Ukulele. Inexpensive to buy and super fun to play, the ukulele is one of the easiest instruments to learn. …
- Harmonica. Be it blues, jazz, rock, folk, or country music, the harmonica (also known as the “Blues Harp”) is a great choice for adult beginners. …
- Bongos. …
- Piano. …
5. Is it okay to learn piano on a keyboard?
Yes, learning the piano on a keyboard is possible. The layout of keys is identical on both instruments. The songs you learn to play on a piano will transfer directly to a keyboard, and vice versa, with little adjustment needed for small differences in the width of the keys or the amount of pressure needed to play them.
6. What is the best app to learn the piano?
Here is the list of best iPad and iPhone apps that can be used to learn to play the piano.
- flowkey. Android iOS.
- Note Quest: Learn Piano Fast. ( iPhone, iPad )
- Mussila Music School. …
- Simply Piano by JoyTunes. …
- Piano Lessons by OnlinePianist. …
- Piano - Play Unlimited Songs. …
- Piano Chords, Scales Companion. …
- Magic Piano by Smule.
7. How many hours a day should you practice the piano?
For serious progress, at least two hours a day is considered good. However, don’t practice longer than you can comfortably do it. If you are tired or not in the right mood, practicing is less valuable. Start by practicing 30 minutes — 15 minutes of exercises followed by 15 minutes of playing or learning songs.
8. What is the easiest song to play on the piano?
- Unchained Melody – The Righteous Brothers. …
- What A Wonderful World – Louis Armstrong.
- At Last – Etta James. …
- If I Ain’t Got You – Alicia Keyes.
- Sweet Caroline – Neil Diamond. …
- Billie Jean – Michael Jackson. …
- Marry Me – Bruno Mars.
- Thinking Out Loud – Ed Sheeran.
9. Do I need 88 keys to learn the piano?
For anyone interested in playing classical piano, however, a full 88 keys are recommended, especially if you plan on one day playing a traditional piano. Many keyboards have fewer than 66 keys. This is common for a synthesizer or keyboard dedicated to producing electronic organ music.
10. Is a keyboard easier than the piano?
Keyboard keys are also significantly lighter than piano keys, which may make them easier for a beginner, especially a young child who hasn’t yet built up the finger strength to be effective on a larger instrument.