Learning to play the piano is an acquired talent. The younger the person is when they learn to play, the easier it will be for them to master the talent. However, learning to play the piano is something that can be done at any age.
Learn To Read Sheet Music
It’s best to start with the basics. The first thing anyone needs to know when learning to play the piano, is that they need to be able to read sheet music. Sheet music has 5 lines on top for the right hand, and 5 lines below for the left hand. Each line, the space above the line, and the space below the line, is a note.
Sheet music also has symbols for whether the notes written are sharp, flat, or natural. In order to play a sharp note, you must play the key to the right of the regular note be it black or white. To play a flat note, you play the key to the left of the note, be it black or white. A natural note means that the note may be flat or sharp for the entire song, but for that one moment you will play it as a regular note. For instance, if you’re playing a b-flat throughout and you’re told to play a b-natural, then you would just play the b note itself.
Sheet music will always tell you at the very beginning of the song if there are any flat or sharp notes in the piece you are playing. However, when first starting to learn to play the piano, this is something you won’t learn for a while as it could be too difficult or confusing. You will work up to this type of difficulty.
One Hand At A Time
Beginners usually start out playing only right-handed songs, such as”Three blind mice” or “Mary had a little lamb”. These are songs which don’t require too many finger’s and can be easily learned. These basic songs are created to help your finger’s get used to the positions on the keyboard. After basic fingering is learned, you will usually move on to the basic finger-work for the left hand.
Before joining both hands together to play a song, you will learn all the finger movements you need to, for both hands. When starting to play a song with both hands, you will only have one or two notes on the left hand to join with the right-hand finger-work.
Chords Are Key
Chords are also an important part of learning to play the piano. Chords are played by the left hand in place of a single note. A chord is made up of several notes that sound well together. There are natural chords, sharp cords and flat chords. You’ll notice when you purchase sheet music that above the right hand notes are little boxes which show you an appropriate chord which can be played in place of the left hand notes.
Buy A Metronome
Another great piece of equipment you might want to invest in for your piano is a metronome. A metronome is used to help you keep the beat for the piece you are playing. Each piece you play has it’s own speed and should be played in that speed.
Yes, there is quite a bit to learn when taking up the piano as a talent, but if you study and take the time to practice everyday, you will learn how to play in no time at all.