This free lesson is an excerpt from the first book of the Pianoforall Learn How To Play Piano Course.

Please note that in the course, this lesson is also accompanied by video and audio that is not included in this free lesson, but is a vital part of the way that this course is taught. A sample of what the videos look like is included below.

…and now the FREE LESSON….

GETTING TO KNOW THE KEYBOARD

Notice how the pattern of the keys repeats itself.

See how there are two black keys then three black keys – then two again – then
three and so on

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Each pattern contains the SAME 12 notes but at higher or lower pitches.
Think of Mickey Mouse singing a high C note and Pavarotti singing a low C note
– same note but at different pitches.

THE WHITE KEYS

These notes are represented by the first seven letters of the alphabet ….
A, B, C, D, E, F and G repeated at different pitches.

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It is important that you are able (eventually) to name ALL the white notes.
Use the pattern of the BLACK keys to help you.
For instance, notice that the C keys are the keys to the left of the ‘2’ black keys
or that the F keys are one key to left of the ‘3’ black keys.

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Using the black keys to guide you see if you can find the following notes and
where they are repeated.
(G, B, A, D, C, E)

THE BLACK KEYS

The black keys are known as either SHARPS ( # ) or FLATS (b)
(don’t worry about WHY – just memorize it all for now)
They are named using the white key NEAREST to them on their left or right.

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Can you see how the other black keys are named?

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REMEMBER – DON’T ASK WHY – JUST ACCEPT IT FOR NOW

The key to playing piano INSTANTLY

CHORDS

A chord is simply 3 or more (particular) notes that when played together make
a ‘FULL’ sound.

If this full sound is played rhythmically and various chords are used in a certain
sequence, a nice background sound can be created for melodies or lyrics (vocals).

Let’s play a very basic chord – the chord of C

Use your right hand – THUMB – MIDDLE FINGER – SMALL FINGER
This isn’t easy to start with but TRY TRY TRY to use these fingers
It won’t take long to get used to it.

For all future fingering purposes number your fingers like this.

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REMEMBER play all three notes TOGETHER – AT THE SAME TIME
Play it over and over until your fingers get used to the shape.

A familiar tune using four VERY simple chords
We’re going to play a very familiar chord sequence using 4 simple chords.
(Don’t worry about WHY a chord is the shape it is or why it is a ‘major’ or a
‘minor’ chord – just PLAY!.) PLAY FIRST – ASK QUESTIONS LATER

Play them over and over in a repeat pattern SLOWLY.
C, Am, F, G, C, Am, F, G etc . . . (you may recognize the sequence)
These chords are in what is known as ‘ROOT’ position,
with the THUMB on the note that gives the chord its name – the ROOT note.
Don’t give up if playing these chords hurts your hands. That’s normal for a
beginner and won’t last forever.

And make sure you USE your 1st, 3rd and 5th fingers.
The 4 chords are C, A minor (written Am), F and G.
(Remember play the three notes of each chord together – at the same time)

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Play them over and over in a repeat pattern SLOWLY.
C, Am, F, G, C, Am, F, G etc . . . (you may recognize the sequence)

These chords are in what is known as ‘ROOT’ position,
with the THUMB on the note that gives the chord its name – the ROOT note.

Don’t give up if playing these chords hurts your hands. That’s normal for a
beginner and won’t last forever.
And make sure you USE your 1st, 3rd and 5th fingers.


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