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How should I start learning piano?

  1. ezhang profile image
    ezhangposted 6 years ago

    How should I start learning piano?

    I'm thinking about self learning piano (lessons are too expensive!) but I'm not sure how I should go about doing so.

  2. WindMaestro profile image60
    WindMaestroposted 6 years ago

    Well the first thing you need to know about piano is sheet music. You need to develop a strong learning of how to read music, and how each note corresponds to the key son the piano.
    You need to learn the keys on the piano. Basic stuff.
    You need to look up which notes can be played by which fingers. Usually, beginners music will give you numbers, here is what they mean.
    They go from 1 to 5, starting on your thumb from right to left, for each separate hand. So on your right, your thumb is 1, pointer finger 2, middle finger 3, and so on.
    If you develop a strong sense of which finger goes where, you can start to make little exercises for yourself. Keep them simple, and repeat them, over and over again. If you get it right at least 6 times in a row, move on to the next area.
    Piano is one of the easiest instruments to comprehend note wise because it is laid out before you. It is easy to see half steps, whole steps and just how many notes you need to go up. All you have to do is count them.
    About the music, right hand is the top, g clef, and the left hand is f clef, the bottom part (as seen on the music)

    There is so much more to know about piano, if you need any tips or pointers, just message me, I will be willing to help.

  3. gis_r07 profile image82
    gis_r07posted 6 years ago

    To start learning the piano you should begin by getting yourself a piano or a keyboard if you don't already have one.

    You can then proceed to learn the names of the notes and to identify them on the piano keys. If you simply type "piano notes" into Google, you will see many articles that will give you the names of the notes. (A to G)

    You should then learn to identify notes as they appear on manuscripts- you should learn the lines and spaces of the treble clef, and the lines and spaces of the bass clef.

    Following this, you have a few options: you can go to U-tube and type in "piano basics", you can read piano articles that will give you the basic beginner knowledge, or you can purchase a "teach yourself piano book".

    A good "teach yourself" piano book is called: "Alfred Teach Yourself Piano"

    You should pay attention to clefs, names of notes and rests, values of notes and rests, time signatures etc.

    I hope this helped you with the fundamentals. You may have just inspired a hub smile

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    WildIrisposted 6 years ago

    If you're going to self-learn piano, train yourself to play by ear. By listening and training your ear, you can jam around. If you want to play classical music, get a piano teacher. A teacher will move you along faster than you would do on your own; moreover, they will correct small details in playing.

  5. jtyler profile image57
    jtylerposted 6 years ago

    I would like to recommend my own hub of reading sheet music.  It makes it very very easy to learn how to read it.  Once you can, you should buy a beginner's book.

  6. laarnoi profile image60
    laarnoiposted 6 years ago

    you should enroll for a piano lesson. They also say , if you know hot to play guitar it's easy for you to learn the piano smile

    you can learn also guitar tips. Visit this site http://www.internetbootcamponline.com/

  7. jaggens profile image58
    jaggensposted 6 years ago


    I have a free piano learning course. It is not a crash course but step by step instruction and also includes piano technique. I would compare it to a real music school, because I provide feedback to my students.

    Best wishes,

    classically trained pianist and an experienced piano teacher

    Free Online Piano Course: http://playingpianoblog.com/learn-to-play-the-piano

  8. shadowprancer profile image65
    shadowprancerposted 6 years ago

    Start with learning the letters of each key and learning scales and chords. This will help with coordination and help you learn to read notes faster.
    http://shadowprancer.hubpages.com/hub/t … sinshadows

  9. Dawit T profile image74
    Dawit Tposted 6 years ago

    First of all you should know your goal. But then you will most likely need the basics anyway. Basic major and minor scales/chords. Maybe learn some very basic songs and regonize the scale, major or minor, if its a c scale, d, etc... The chord progression a.d. such. Don't get all upset with them but just notice the existence of then. Then you can start to think about what kind of pianist you want to be. want know more then just read the hub(s) I wrote about it.


    http://dawitt.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-P … -a-Teacher

    And most importantly never stop playing, but switch up the routine if it gets boring :-)

  10. flikabing profile image62
    flikabingposted 6 years ago

    hi ezhang! if you have determination and love for playing the keys, then i bet it would be so easy for you to learn it yourself...
    I have tips here:
    1. touch the keys of your piano...one by one...
    2. listen to the white and black keys and familiarize its tunes.
    3. you can ask a friend who knows how to read the notes and learn from them( if you're interested on reading piano pieces). you can even ask me...smile
    4. know the basic notes..there are just 7 notes to know...( do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti)
    5. you can view some postings from youtube for you to be oriented with the keys to play (do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti)
    6. google it! just type piano tutorial...

    So now, you can start playing that thing and rock it!

    Good luck....

  11. beatmakersnet profile image61
    beatmakersnetposted 4 years ago

    learn some scales. learn the chords, learn the keys then just start learning songs by ear and you will be better than 99% of people who studied "piano lessons" for years.

  12. sickdub profile image61
    sickdubposted 4 years ago

    just start tinkering around and try to learn things by ear that's what i did.

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    LindsayJennposted 4 years ago

    First , you can read a book which about piano Knowledge , then go to a piano interest class , if you have enough you can employ A piano tutor .