Playing the Piano for beginners

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Playing the Piano

Well where does one start when you come face to face with this instrument for the first time?

Take it form me when I first went to sit in front of a piano it was just too much to take in - all those black and white keys - so daunting.

Well here is just a brief help on overcoming the fear.

Think of the piano as an instrument that repeats the same notes up and down the keyboard.

This way it is less daunting than to think of the piano as having loads and loads of keys at once.

Also think that it only has an octave at a time C to C then C to C etc etc.

Start off playing middle C with the right thumb then D with the index finger then E with the middle finger then tuck your thumb under the middle finger to play the F then G with the index finger then A with the middle finger then B with the ring finger then hey ho you are back to C with the little finger.

You have now completed a whole octave - this can be repeated for any of the other octaves right of middle C

Playing music can be daunting as well - look at the dots as your finger prints so on the upper stave is your right hand and the lower stave as your left hand.

Knowing where to place your fingers is only a matter of time and it does not always mean that the dots correspond with certain fingers as you might be comfortable as time goes by to use your thumb instead of your index finger etc.

Try only looking at the music and letting your fingers find the right notes this will help tremendously in later life when you do not need to look at your hands as your fingers will automatically find notes like C and F and Bflat etc

Many people who play the piano only glance down periodically to find the notes in the left hand once the fingers of the left hand are in the right place then it is eyes back on the music.

I suggest you find a piece of music without sharps or flats and learn it with the timing and both hands playing at the same time. - Play it slowly to begin with making sure both hands are using all the fingers and increase the tempo until the rythm and timing is perfect do not go on to another piece of music untill all the notes are being played in the right order and sequence and the timing and rythm is perfect. Play it untill your fingers naturally go to the right notes without you having to think.

This is going to take time and determination but is well worth it because once you get a piece of music in your head down into your hands and fingers life becomes worth living because this is a skill just like coordination skills used for many a job - just like typing or woodwork or sewing. - Do you get the message?

One good exercise is to play all the C's one after another then all the F's one after another and so on up the keyboard as this establishes the distance needed between the octaves and it gives you a sense of the note being played. Then try C sharps all the way up then F sharps.

After you have mastered a song without sharps or flats try to play a song with just one B flat you willo find this is of great reward for many songs with a B flat are very catchy the same with songs with just one F sharp.

Remember flats go down and sharps go up so find the B a white key then go one down to touch the black key that is a B flat.

Then go to F the white key then go up one to find the black key which is F sharp

Once you have played a few songs and got it right it is not a bad thing to run your fingers up and own the keyboard this creates an horrendous noise but it exercises your fingers - when you are just messing about on the keyboard just try now and then to hit a few keys that you know to be a C or an F or even a Bflat occassionaly as this establishes a pattern where a few of the correct notes are even though you are palying all keys in a reckless fashion.

I useally do this when no one is in the room as it causes conflict - no one likes to hear a terrible racket wth no sense of melody or rythm.

These are just a few words from someone who was overwhelmed at the enormous task of taming the beast called the Piano.

I useually play just hymns becuase they are much of a muchness but also very uplifting when you get the timing right.

If you have found this helpful please let me know.

Happy Piano time





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