Kamis, 13 September 2012

The Basics of Learning Piano

Learning how to play the piano can look like a daunting task, especially for beginners. However, it is possible for almost anyone to learn to play the piano, and there is no other point to start than at the beginning.

Before you begin to play, you must adopt the proper posture. You should sit up with your back straight, especially at the beginning of your performance. Your elbows should be bent at 90 degrees, not pushed out behind you or reaching forward in front of you. Your wrists should be level with the keyboard.

Now that you have the proper posture, you can begin playing. The starting point on the piano is Middle C. From this key, you can go up the keyboard and play all the notes in the scale (doh, ray, mi, fah, soh, la, tee, doh) using the white keys only). This is a C Major scale. From the notes on this scale, you can build chords known as triads or three-note chords. The chords are built with alternating keys. The first chord is the C chord. It starts with Middle C and consists of C, E, and G (doh, mi, soh). The next chord is F, A, C and the last is G, B, D.

One thing you cannot do without in learning how to play the piano for beginners is finger practice. Play the notes of the scale using all five fingers. Work your way up, and then back down again. Start off slow and give equal volume to all the notes. Do not flick your fingers; move them in steady, downward motions. You can increase your speed only after you can play steadily and with good volume. As you continue to practice, your fingers will develop the proper muscle memory and you will soon be able to play without thinking of the notes. So you should continue practice in order to achieve higher skill.

You also need to train your ear in learning how to play the piano so that you can translate the music you hear (whether with your ears or in your head) onto the keyboard. To do this, you need to have a little understanding of scales, intervals and seeing the keyboard as a visual representation of what you hear.

The most important point to note is that learning how to play the piano for beginners requires constant practice. Practise every day and soon you will become a professional.

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