Hello there My name’s Andy,
I’m going to show you how easy it can be to to play the piano…
or to teach yourself to play the piano Don’t get me wrong, it’ll take many years of daily practice to reach any sort of a decent level of playing but getting started doesn’t need to be as traumatic as it might seem. In fact, by the end of this video you’ll be playing some recognizable music on the piano Now in this video I’m going to show you how to find some notes on the keyboard, how to find ALL of the notes on the keyboard,
and how to play some basic chords These will enable you to play more tunes than you can image So lets get down to it.
The notes… If you have a full sized piano keyboard you’ll see that there are 88 keys, black and white keys some electronic keyboards will have significantly less it doesn’t really matter. It isn’t actually as complicated as it seems. The keys are actually made up in groups of 12 notes, repeating groups of 12 notes.
The notes are named A.. B.. C.. D.. E.. F.. and G… Then it goes back to A again A and so on.. B.. C.. D.. etc. The simplest key to play in on the piano is the key of C. This uses just the white notes no black notes There are several Cs on the piano keyboard. If you look at the keyboard you’ll see that its made up of 3 and 2 the black notes are made up of 3 and 2 so if you take one of the groups of 2… any of the groups of 2 look immediately to the left of the first black note and thats your C there is another group of 2 here, and immediately to the left is another C… and here’s another one up here The C in the center of the piano, this one here is known as ‘Middle C’ for obvious reasons on some MIDI keyboards or software it is sometimes referred to as C3 This will be our starting point for the scale of C major, playing only the white keys the notes will be named as follows… C.. D.. E.. F.. G.. A.. B.. C.. You could start here.. C D E F G A B C D E F G A B C The black notes these are the sharps and flats now a sharp note is a semitone, or half a note higher than the note of its name.
So C sharp is the black note just to the right of the C C.. and here is the C sharp F sharp for instance…
Here’s the F and the F sharp is the note immediately to the right of the F F sharp.. here.
A flat note is the opposite. It’s half a tone or a semitone lower than the note’s name. So here we have A for example, and one semitone lower just to the left, is A flat Here is B and one semitone lower, or the black note to the left is B flat Some notes can be flats or sharps F for example has this note here, F sharp, but it could also be G flat Here is the G… G flat.
Here is the F F sharp.
They are called the same. It IS the same. So now you know the names of all of the notes on the piano. C.. C sharp.. D.. D sharp E.. F.. F sharp.. G.. A flat.. A.. B flat.. B.. and C. So now you know how to play all of the notes on the piano, lets get onto playing some chords The typical chord contains 3 or 4 different notes all playing together Now there are several types of chord that you can play around any given note For example, around the note of C..
You could have C Major, C minor, C7 C9 C major 7 C augmented a diminished C with a suspended 4th there are many more as well the three most popular types of chords are
the Major, the minor, and the 7th Of these types of chords along each of the 12 notes of the keyboard then you will be able to play most music or most song… either by ear or by reading chord sheets or the so called fake books.
OK… here’s how to play the most often used basic chords…
Fist of all C or C Major. Notes of the chord are made up of the 1st the 3rd and the 5th note of the scale so if we see the scale is C D E F G we have C.. miss one E.. miss one G C miss one, we don’t play the second, we play the 3rd…. we don’t play the 4th we play the 5th.
C E and G those are the notes of C major here’s another one
This is A minor we find the A which is here…. its 2 notes lower so the whole thing gets shifted down 2 notes A.. we miss the b and we play the C which is the 3rd… we miss the D and we play the E which is the 5th…
A minor. Her’s another one… F Major 2 notes down, if the F F.. A.. and C..
Exactly the same chord pattern 1st 3rd and 5th There we go…
And one more Guess what… move everything up one note and we get a chord of G G.. B.. D.. G is the 1st
B is the 3rd and D is the 5th so there are 4 basic chords all with the same shape
We can play C, A minor, F major G major you might recognize that chord sequence its actually been used in many songs Blue moon for example…. Always look on the bright side of life… Dream Dream Dream… Many songs have used this combination of chords you can play the chord here and you can join in with the left hand… with the left hand you could play the root notes in this case, the chord of C, we’ll play a note of C the chord of F, you play the root of F now add a little bit of rhythm and on it goes. So you should play around with these chords they can be played in any order you want and you’ll find that there are many tunes that use just a few of these chords in different orders So, I’ve just taken you, in a matter of minutes, through what would be the first few lessons of the typical
Online or Home study Piano course It should have shown you how simple it can be to teach yourself how to play the piano and to be playing decent music within a few minutes…. obviously we’ve covered a lot of material there, and you will, if you have a home study course be able to progress at your own pace At our web site, the address should be down there somewhere… www.BeginnersPiano.net
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OK.. until next time Bye