Welcome to Module 1 of the free piano lessons series. Here I'll take you through my curated list of what you need to learn to get started playing the piano.
Let's get started!
The very first thing everyone learns when starting the piano is how to sit at the piano. In order to play the piano properly and without injuring yourself or stressing your arms, you need to learn the proper hand positioning and piano posture.
Next, each finger has a number. Often, music will tell you which finger to use with each note.
Look at your hands right now. On both hands, your thumb is number 1. Your pinkies are number 5. From your thumb to your pinkie, it goes in order - 1,2,3,4,5.
The tricky part is remembering which ones are 2 and 4. Your left hand (LH) and right hand (RH) are opposite. Practice wiggling and remembering the finger numbers.
Just to be clear - your finger numbers (as you are looking at them now) go like this:
LH: (pinkie) 5 4 3 2 1 (thumb)
RH: (thumb) 1 2 3 4 5 (pinkie)
The next thing we need to learn is piano keys. We'll go through what their names are and where to find them quickly and easily on the piano keyboard.
Click here to go to the Piano Keys Video Lesson.
Another option here is to read the Piano Key Notes page.
The next step now is learning to read. Music is a language and has it's own symbols and notation.
To begin learning to read music, click here and learn to read music for piano.
Create cheat sheets for yourself to learn the notes or go and visit my Pinterest board of piano cheat sheets here.