Discover your talent
Always wanted to play the piano but you parents haven’t recognized your talent? Can’t imagine what to do without the special education? Don’t be desperate – we know how to start playing the piano and readily share this knowledge with you! Read and make sure you have some sheet music and image of a piano in front of you to make it even easier.
- STEP 1. LEARN THE MUSIC ALPHABET
Like in any language, the first lesson you should take is getting familiar with the letters. In the music world, your task is rather simple – instead of cramming 20-30 strange images, all you need to remember is just the variations of one shape, circle with a line! If you know that popular show tune from the “The Sound of Music” (Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Si-Do), your task is even simpler – you know their names! If you haven’t heard it, it’s still easy – these notes have the letter names, lucky you! The sequence in the combination of notes is C, D, E, F, G, A, B. Not so hard, ha? All of them refer to the white keys on your piano, following each other wherever you start tracing them.
Like in any language, these letters create words – so you can see 2, 3, 4, or even 5 notes played at once. The connection of these chords and simple notes make a sentence. But no matter how complicated it is, everything starts with a note.
- STEP 2. STUDY THE MUSIC PUNCTUATION
After you finished with the letters, let’s move to the music punctuation – lines on a sheet paper, accidentals, and clefs. Take a look at a music sheet – it always starts with a clef. Normally, they are two different images one under another: the higher one is a treble clef, and the lower one is a bass clef. The other symbols are accidentals – sharp (#) and flat (b). Also, there are small lines between the sheet music lines – but that’s too simple to mention, they mean you don’t need to play!
- STEP 3. RECOGNIZE HOW MUSIC PUNCTUATION CHANGES THE MEANING
Music clefs are convenient because they divide the keys into two parts. But the tricky thing is that they change the position of the note – and so, it changes the name. Only Do (C) is similar for both clefs, but in treble clef grammar, it’s the on the lowest additional line, and on the highest one for the bass clef. Take some time to learn to connect the clef and position – and you’ll learn to play faster!
As for the accidentals, they make your note move to the black key – the closer left one if it’s flat, and the closer right one if it’s sharp.
If it sounds too hard for you now, don’t be desperate – this information will help you to understand what happens on a music sheet, you won’t use it all at once!
- STEP 4. LEARN ABOUT THE TIMING
The last preparation before you start practicing is connecting the appearance of note to its timing. You can press the key for a different time, the notes offer you 7 variants! For the beginning, you should now only three types: the most common, black circle with a line without the tail is a quarter note (one beat), the same one but with a tail is an eighth note (half beat), and the white note with the line without the tail is a half note (two beats). To play correct, you should stick to the beats – the tempo is up to you!
- STEP 5. PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE!
And the pleasure comes – you take the sheet music, and understand all the letters, pauses, timing, and positions! So, just play till your hands are tired – the key for any new skill is training regularly and with love!