Best Piano Keyboards for Beginners|The Piano Keyboard Buying Guide

 

Searching for the perfect keyboard as a piano beginner can be daunting as there are so many choices but here I will describe the several essential factors that will help you make a wise choice.

Now first consider the choices come to two main factors

How much you want to spend FREE in that case keep play at family friends or local churches.

Your skill level absolute beginner child, beginner adult or returning to pick up where you left off.

Why You Should Choose A Electronic Keyboard as a beginner?

  • Useful it very easy buy cheap and most manual instructions are easy to follow.
  • Affordable even dirt cheap
  • Features like lit notes or labeled notes or play along functions or fully screen learning mode and head phone comfort
  • Variety of sounds, backings, play along features,sound like band orchestra or even a choir.
  • Portable easy to travel with battery operated and powered.

If you are enjoying it and learning at the same time then it’s the right one for you keep in mind as you continue to grow the features for you will change. So at this stage you want a keyboard that helps you hear the sounds and help you with familiarity of playing the notes .

I recommend you start from the beginning to invest into your posture on the keyboard.

As a beginner I bought a  keyboard with no stand and no stool and it sat on our dinning table with a tall bar stool and that was not ideal.My wife was totally disagreeable and helped me get outfitted with a stand and piano stool.Its important  that you should be seated at the right height so that the player’s arm from wrist to elbow is parallel to the floor.

We recommend the Casio CB7, a sturdy but simple bench that is tall enough to help both kids and adults play with good posture.For piano posture tips read my blog  Body Position for Piano Playing

Beginner Piano & Keyboard Comparison

Electronic keyboards and Digital Piano  for beginners are affordable  ranging from $100 to $2000,keys from 61 to 88,take less room maybe 3 feet,very easy to move ,last generally 3-5 years and the best brands are Roland,Casio,Yamaha,Kawai.Importantly you can use headphones so make sound at the home gone from loud to silent.

Grand Pianos and Upright Pianos for beginners are weighted 88 keys range 6k to 8k and upwards to 100k plus,last 30 to 50 years,hard to move,need tuning once a year around $250,sound softer when the lids closed and looks grand in any room in the house, best brands are many Yamaha,Kawai,Boston,Schimmel

Eventually we recommend upgrading  to at least a digital piano for the weighted full size keyboard .Yes! It’s perfectly all right to start with an electronic keyboard. We recommend acoustic pianos because there are some things you’ll learn later on that are much harder to do on certain electronic keyboards. Some nicer keyboards are very similar to acoustic pianos, but others have keys that are weighted differently, and many don’t have a very wide range when it comes to dynamics. Even so, if an electronic keyboard is all you have, you can certainly still learn to play.

Pros and Cons of both beginner Acoustic and Digital Pianos.

Please enjoy as a beginner first to hear and play your new keyboard that’s more important than getting hung up on whats the best keyboard.There are pros and cons to both acoustic and digital pianos. Acoustic pianos take up space, and need to be tuned every once in a while, but they offer a wider range of responsiveness and dynamics that even the best electronic keyboards can’t quite match.

Electronic keyboards take up less space, and often have extra capabilities such as different instrument sounds, or the ability to plug in headphones and avoid distracting other people while you practice. However, many of them don’t allow for dynamics, and have lighter keys that won’t help a student develop the necessary finger strength.

If you do choose an electronic keyboard over your friend’s acoustic piano, I would recommend getting a full-sized one with 88 weighted keys.

Whats important for you starting as whether the keyboard is weighted or not.They all come with a huge range of sounds and rhythms and accompaniments and display screens and for now where your hand strength does not play a vital role invest in a digital keyboard.But as you realize your progress will require a 88 weighted keyboard for the development of your hand strength,posture and dynamics which become somewhat technical for advance studies.

Remember you are a beginner an the modern technology incorporated in these modern non weighted keyboards is breath taking. Important to start with 61 keys to get use to sounds and feel of the notes and there associated sounds from the keyboard whether you play with or without accompaniment.

We recommend the Yamaha PSR Series. Models in the PSR lineup cost between $80 and $250.

We also recommend the Casio CTK Series. Models in the CTK lineup also cost between $80 and $250:

  • Casio CTK-2400 – $130
  • Casio CTK-3500 – $150
  • Casio CTK-4400 – $170
  • Casio CTK-6200 – $230Digital pianos are designed to sound and feel as much like an acoustic piano as possible. Keys are weighted to provide the right resistance to touch, and are sensitive to speed and pressure to give a range of dynamics (loud and soft). They come installed in a cabinet-style console, and are smaller and less expensive than an upright piano, usually $1,000-$2,000.Our favorite digital piano is the Yamaha Arius series, which are Yamaha digital pianos with model numbers beginning with ‘YDP’ (YDP 143, YDP-163, etc.). Arius models can cost between $1,000 and $2,000.

    What are the best cheap piano keyboards for beginners?

The Best Cheap Beginner Keyboard: Plixio 61 Key Electric Music Keyboard Piano | Check it out on Amazon – $59.99 Click Here for Pricing, Pictures and Reviews on Amazon.com

The The Best Beginner Digital Piano Yescom 61 Key Digital Music Electronic Keyboard Electric Piano LCD Display Full Size | Check it out on Amazon – $93.95 Click Here for Pricing, Pictures and Reviews on Amazon.com

The Best Beginner Digital Console Piano:Alpha 61 Keys Electronic Piano Keyboard Portable Digital Keyboard with 200 Tones Rhythms 50 Demos LCD Electric Holder Music Stand Adapter Power | Check it out on Amazon – $148.00
Click Here for Pricing, Pictures and Reviews on Amazon.com

The Best Beginner Keyboard Bundle(YPT-255) – Yamaha YPT-255 – digital pianos (Black, LCD, 3.5 mm, -1.5 – 1.5 octave(s)) : | Check it out on Amazon – $346
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It’s perfectly all right to start on a smaller keyboard. However, the sooner your children are practicing on an acoustic piano or a keyboard with weighted keys, the better. For the most part, an electric keyboard will be about the same for a beginning pianist, but it won’t help them develop the finger strength they need later on. I hope that helps!

 

 

Hello, students. Your piano teacher Tim here for Lessons on the Web. Welcome back to the classroom. Today I have an ultimate keyboard buying guide. So what are we going to be talking about here? Well, we’re basically gonna go over some of the main things you need to be on the lookout for when you are purchasing a keyboard. These things include price, what it comes with, what you need to be on the lookout for.

You know, does it have 88 keys or not. So we’re gonna dive in-depth with a lot of these topics. I’m also gonna show you a list of keyboards that I highly, highly recommend. So let’s not waste any time. Let’s get right on to the lesson. Okay. Now, let’s see. Okay, I guess this is where we wanna start. Barbara is back. Welcome back, Barbara. Glad to have you with us once again. Welcome, everybody, back to the classroom. Okay, let’s talk about the first thing today. Oh yeah, that’s right. That controls this, and I’m also gonna get the setup a little bit snappier over the break.

I’m gonna work on, you know, just how fluid everything works so it will not have these little pauses. But I do cut those out usually when I post the recordings for these. All right, let me take a look at what we’re doing here. Okay. I guess maybe I should phrase it this way. Okay, so the very first and probably most important topic is, what is your budget? What do you have, how much money do you have to spend on the keyboard, ’cause that will probably be the number-one determining factor in which keyboard you choose.

As you can see, keyboards can be pretty expensive, but some things to note about keyboards is that you generally get what you pay for. So if you have the money and you’re willing to spend, you know, $1800 on a keyboard, chances are, it’s gonna be a pretty good, solid keyboard. Roland makes some excellent ones. We’ll talk more about Roland here in a few minutes. So price is the biggest determining factor. Now, it also factors into all the other factors we’re going to talk about, because the cheaper keyboards are fine when you’re first learning notes, but some things to consider is that their keys aren’t gonna feel as nice. We’re gonna talk about that in a minute. They might not have a complete set of 88 keys.

They might have only have, you know, 73 or 61 or something like that. You want a keyboard with at least 61. I mean, 73’s okay, and then 88, of course, is optimal. Of course, you’re going to pay a bit more for a full-size 88, but you can get a full-size 88 keyboard for around 500 bucks that’s of decent quality. You generally can’t find them for much cheaper than that and have them be, you know, a decent keyboard to learn on. So let’s get onto the next main factor you wanna look out for when purchasing a keyboard. Okay, one of the major considerations after cost, cost will actually kind of determine this next thing, is how many keys does it have? Obviously if you have the money to spend, you definitely wanna go for a full-size, 88-key keyboard.

You don’t want to, if you have $2,000 to spend, buy a 61-key or something like that. You want full-size, 88 keys. Now, of course, up in the… Past the $500 range, almost all of them have at least 88 keys. Now, but you wanna be careful, right? You want to double check. For instance, I’m just going to type in Yamaha keyboard. We’re going to look it up, and take a look here. So this one’s 319. It’s south of $500, but as you can see, it’s 76-key.

It’s pretty close to full-size. However, the keys themselves are probably not the best. We’ll talk about that here in a second. Now if you scroll down just a little bit, for 549, it actually comes with a few different things. I don’t know whether it comes with this Frozen book or not. It looks like it comes with a cover, a pedal, and earphones, and for 549, that’s 88 keys. So I would definitely go for the YPG-535 over the one listed above, unless, you know, the price range, I only have $300 to spend. Then you have no choice to go for the 76-key, which will do the job if you are just getting started out learning how to play the piano, but you will… Generally, the less you spend, you will have to upgrade sooner. So if you buy a $300 or $200 keyboard, you’ll have to upgrade a lot sooner, especially if you start to really appreciate piano and really start to take off with it.

The sooner you upgrade to something with better keys, the better off you are, because you will find it really difficult if you learn on a cheap keyboard for a while to play on a real piano or even a better keyboard with weighted keys. It will just become very, very difficult. So it’s okay to learn on at first, but you do wanna consider that within maybe a year or two, or even sooner, you’ll wanna upgrade to something better. Here’s something I would avoid. So $115, right? Sounds really sweet, and in fact, if this was your only option, you know, maybe not the worst thing in the world.

This is something I would get more for kids, since you probably don’t wanna buy little kids, you know, who are five, six, seven years old, a fairly expensive keyboard. You know, they can knock it over, spill drinks on it is probably the most likely thing that will happen. So in this case, you might wanna go or this Yamaha at 115, but like I said, you get what you pay for. It’s gonna have cheap plastic keys. It’s gonna only have 61, which is on the light side for sure. If you scroll down just here for 435, around 500, it looks like it was at 500, you get 88 weighted action keys, and we’re gonna talk more about weighted keys here right now. A huge consideration, next, is does it have weighted keys? Now, there’s a bunch of different types of keys for keyboards.

You want to go for weighted keys for a few reasons. One of those reasons is that weighted keys feel a lot more like a real keyboard. Let’s look at some examples of keyboards to see what are the options we have when looking for keys, and what are some of the kind of like marketing things that they put in that might mean something or might not. Okay, so right here, as you can see for this one we were just looking at, the Yamaha P45 88-Keys, is it has weighted action keys. The good thing about weighted action keys, especially if, or it’s called graded keys. There’s a ton of different verbiage that goes along with these, but if you get weighted action keys, generally what they’ll do is they’ll weight the bottom ones… (Tim plays absently on the lower end of the piano) A little bit heavier, and then the top ones… (Tim plays absently on the higher end of the piano) A little bit lighter. And if it has, especially if it has graded action, you’ll actually have to use more force to get more sound out of the bass, and you’ll have to get less force to get…

Actually, well, the sound, you’ll get more sound out of the bass, but in terms of pressing the key, you’ll have to press a little harder. Up top, it feels a bit lighter. That’s how a real piano is up top. It’s lighter. You actually will… Scratch what I first said, because you will have to hit the piano a little harder to get more sound of the lighter or the top areas, because less sound comes out of there, ’cause in a real piano, there’s only one string for the high notes, and there are three for the lower. So you will get more sound, but it will, you’ll have to press a little bit harder on the keys, just because of what we call the action, which is just how much force and pressure do you have to use to, you know, get a response.

How responsive are the keys, is really what that means. So you definitely wanna consider this when looking for these. So look here, at this Yamaha here. 61-key Keyboard Pack and headphone. It doesn’t mention…. If it doesn’t mention if it has weighted keys, it doesn’t have ’em. It’s not gonna tell you, you know, Yamaha YPG-235 with cheap, useless keys. It’s not gonna say that. It’s gonna say nothing. It’s just gonna say it has keys.

So, you know, if it doesn’t really mention it, then it probably has the cheap plastic ones. But like I said, it’s an okay alternative for a younger student. Let’s look up a Roland keyboard here. Much nicer keyboards in general from Roland. They are definitely top of the line for the most part. Now, you’ll see that there are expensive Rolands that don’t have full-size 88 keys. Usually those are like synthesizers or things like that, and they have different functions that you might not be as interested in.

But something like the Roland RD-2000 digital piano definitely has weighted action keys, but does it say it? Well, let’s see. Okay, so in the title, it doesn’t mention anything. Let’s see. Super NATURAL Piano sound engine. That’s more like the software that’s in it. New Ivory Feel-G Keyboard. So, as you can see, like I said, they have different marketing… New Ivory Feel-G Keyboard? That’s fancy for, it’s like a proprietary thing. It’s probably weighted keys. Now, you do wanna double-check. You wanna make sure that whatever marketing language they’re using does add up, that it does mean that it feels like a real keyboard, and you can hopefully look at that. We’ll talk about in a second. In the reviews, you can see that it has, you know, three and a half stars out of five.

So it’s probably mostly positive stuff, and then you will also, on Amazon, a great thing is to look at the answered questions are always helpful. But, I’ve played on Roland keyboards. Actually, I’m playing on one right now. They feel really, really nice, to tell you the truth, and even after having this Roland RD-700SX for 12 years, it still feels great. You know, I’ve been playing on it every single day, and none of the keys feel loose or, you know, like they’re worn out or anything. It feels really, really good. So like I said, you get what you pay for. If you buy a Roland, they all come with great keys, trust me. At least, I’m pretty sure all of them do. But they do cost a lot more, as you can see. $1300 for that one. But this keyboard, this is like a keyboard to end all keyboards. Like, you’re like, I just want one great keyboard for the rest of my life or for a long time, for decades.

You know, I don’t know whether my Roland is gonna last 40 years, but it’s certainly held up really, really well over 12 years. I’d imagine it will. I’ve seen some of the older keyboards that are pushing 30, 40 years old, and they still work pretty well. Now, they might need some technical adjustment, but, you know, they hold up really well. So you really do get what you pay for. Okay, the next one’s an obvious one: does it come with a stand? The last thing you wanna do is you wanna order a keyboard with no stand. Like this one we were just looking at. It doesn’t say whether it comes with a stand or not. I know my Roland keyboard didn’t, right? You would think, well, I’m paying all this money for this awesome keyboard. Doesn’t it come with a stand? And sometimes, no. A lot of times not. If it doesn’t say comes with stand, it doesn’t, and then you’ll have to buy one. Let’s look up here what a stand would cost.

So you always wanna be looking at the descriptions for all these topics that we’re talking about. So let’s see, keyboard stand. Let’s check it out. Roland keyboard stand. 99 bucks. This is the exact one I have, I think, the KS-18Z for $100. It’s a very sturdy keyboard. You can go for the RockJam Xfinity… Now, this is $30, but I really don’t know what kind of keyboards this thing supports. So you’ll wanna look at the reviews, and you’ll want to look at what people are saying about it. This one, heavy duty keyboard stand with adjustable width and height for $40. That one, by the look of it, looks like it could hold that Roland keyboard just fine, but I don’t know. You might pull it out of the box and it might be really cheap.

But it does look good, that one looks good. The one above it, you see how it just doesn’t look like it has as much support? It doesn’t look like the cheapest thing I’ve ever seen, but the pictures can be deceiving, ’cause sometimes you’ll get it in the mail, it’ll arrive, and you’ll be like, really? This is what this thing looks like? So, you wanna be looking to see what people are saying about it. Well, this one looks really cool, the Roland KSJ8.

Oh, wait, I think that’s a keyboard. At least, I hope this stand doesn’t cost $600. That would be a lot. So you wanna consider getting a stand as well. They won’t cost another $1300. It might be another $100, but you definitely want to consider that. Okay, so I have a question for you. I want you to leave it in the comments section, is, I wanna know what keyboard do you use? Do you have something really fancy? Do you have a type of keyboard I haven’t mentioned in the lesson yet that you feel like other people could really benefit from? Does it have 88 keys, or are you happy with having less keys? Let us know in the comments.

I feel that whenever we share together in the comments, we all learn something new. I know I do. You know, I’ve been doing this for quite a while, and I always find, you know, new things that people are telling me that really just blow my mind. Maybe there’s a maker of keyboards that I didn’t consider or something I didn’t consider, and that other people haven’t considered as well, so when they read it in the comments, you know, it really expands their world. So leave a comment and let me know what kind of keyboard you have. Okay, another important consideration is does it come with speakers? Seriously, again, you’ll find out in a second that it’s really funny that some of the more expensive keyboards don’t come with internal speakers. You have to connect them to what we call studio monitors or an external amplifier, like a guitar amplifier will work just great. But let me show you what I mean. So let’s look up the Roland keyboards again, and I want to show you what I mean. So you scroll down. Let’s find that RD-300NX that we were looking at.

And take a close look at it. Take a close look at it. Hopefully it’s not too blocky there and pixelated. But do you see any in-built speakers on this thing? No. It doesn’t. And like I mentioned before, I have a Roland keyboard. They don’t come with internal speakers, and you may be saying, I’m paying all this money. How come it doesn’t come with a stand or internal speakers? That’s because you’re paying for a fine piece of equipment, and all the other things that they usually bundle with cheaper keyboards just don’t get bundled with this.

They’re not trying to sell you a complete package, although you can find them online for, maybe they bundle stuff together for a deal. You can get one of these and a stand for maybe, you know, an extra $50 instead of $100, but as you can see, no in-built speakers. So what should you do? The easiest solution is to get a pair of headphones. Simple. Now, they’re gonna have to be, what are they called? Quarter-inch? It’s gonna have to have the larger headphone cable. I can’t unplug mine to show you, but you know how there are the tiny eighth-inch and then there’s the, I think I’m getting this mixed up.

But the tiny one, and then there’s a larger one. You’re gonna have to get one with the larger one. You can look up… You can get headphones online for pretty cheap. They really aren’t super expensive, unless you get a pair of studio headphones. Those will be expensive. That’s the easiest solution for something like this. The next easiest solution is probably a guitar amplifier. I’m willing to bet you have a guitar amplifier, at least some of you, around, and actually a guitar cable is what you’d plug into your keyboard, and it will work just fine. Now, the optimal thing to do is to get a pair of studio monitors. Let me show you what those are. Now, these are, like if you are balling and you like have a lot of money to spend… Now, don’t get me wrong. Actually, you can get some studio monitors that aren’t that expensive. $169. But if you really have extra money to spend, you’re looking for extra crisper sound, studio monitors are the way to go.

Studio monitors also have ranges of prices. These are cheaper ones. So, you know, you get what you pay for, but you can probably get a decent sound out of them. You can get ones that are $300, those are probably a little better, but you wanna look at the reviews as well, ’cause cost doesn’t always equal quality, but it does often, moreso in music equipment than it does in anything else in the world. It’s not like buying a shirt at Wal-Mart and then the same shirt, you know, at some brand store, and pay three times as much to get the same shirt basically. No, this is like, these are actually made out of better materials a lot of times and are built to last. You want music equipment that’s built to last. I find, if you have the extra money, it is worth it. Now, like I said, that’s in a perfect world. But as you can see, you can get a pair of studio monitors. They really aren’t that expensive if you have the money for a nice keyboard already. Okay, let’s look up a Yamaha keyboard, and let’s see if it comes with built-in speakers.

It does, you see that? 319, and it comes with built-in speakers. Now, again, what’s the deal? Well, the built-in speakers, I have to tell you, will do the job. It’s fine. But, oh, come on. Later. Sorry about that, freaking Windows. But anyway, the $320 keyboard have cheap speakers in them. They’ll get the job done. You’ll hear the piano sounds and all the other sounds you’re trying to get out of it. But they aren’t nearly as good as studio monitors. The actual speakers themselves, you know, the tweeters and the mid-range or whatever’s going on in there, It looks like they only really have one, are a lot larger in studio monitors. There’s also usually more of them, so you get more ranges of sound. These, the sound on these is very flat in comparison, but I find in something like the YPG-535, it really isn’t that bad. It sounds just fine. Honestly, this one comes highly recommended, because it fits both within the reality of a lot of people’s budgets.

It can be beyond some people’s budgets, but it is also a quality keyboard. When you buy one, you won’t have to upgrade right away. If you become really serious about piano, you will wanna upgrade to something like the Roland, but that’s something to consider, is that the cheaper keyboards come with built-in speakers. So maybe another plus or another incentive to go a little bit cheaper, especially if you don’t have the money to spend. But if you have all the money to spend, get that Roland keyboard, get those expensive studio monitors, and you will not regret it. Let’s see here, getting lots of great questions here. StillArm says I got a Yamaha P-45, very nice. Core chrome, 88-way keys, killer voices. Cristo says I wanted a Yamaha P-45, seems to be perfect of beginners. The store was out, so I jumped to the GX60. Does it matter if it’s a solid-state versus tube amp? I don’t think so. Yeah, not on these. So you can plug this into a tube amp, like a regular guitar amp, or you can plug it into a solid-state. I think it would be fine. ’cause I believe you can plug it into headphones that don’t have amps in them, at least I think, right? ‘Cause I don’t think a lot of headphones have amplifiers actually in them.

I think it’s powered. I don’t know, I might be wrong on that. But I don’t, I think it will take both, FuddyDuddied. Now you will wanna double-check on this, and this is one thing I’m not 110% sure on, but I’m like 90% sure that it should work with both. Okay, this next important topic is does it interface with a computer? Now, why would you need that? Well, there’s a couple of reasons. A lot of times, if you are writing music on your PC or something like that, you’ll need what’s called a midi controller, where it makes it a lot easier to write the music, because you can plug this into your computer, and then whatever input you put in on your keyboard will show up on the computer, pretty neat.

Now, it’s not absolutely a necessity. I feel like most people probably won’t need something like that, but it is very useful if you ever want your computer to interface with your, you know, your keyboard in any way. You will wanna consider this. The Roland keyboard I have does that. I’m pretty sure the YPG-535 does it. I’m not 100% sure, but I do know the 235 does, ’cause one of my students have one, and I plugged it in my computer one time, and it did register. So I’d imagine the 535 also interfaces with the computer. Another good thing about this is that if you have a piece of software that kind of checks what notes you’re playing and gives you feedback on whether you’re hitting right notes or wrong notes, that will require you, a lot of times, to plug in your keyboard to your computer, so you just wanna check. Does it have a USB port on the back? If it does, and, you know, you look at the instruction manual, you can look up any instruction manual to any keyboard online.

Just type in the name of the keyboard, you know, and then plus instructional manual, and then look through the manual to see if you can see if there’s any USB connectivity or USB ports on the back. If it has USB ports anywhere, it’s probably able to connect to a computer, and like I said, the Yamahas do have that ability, the Rolands do. Not sure about the… I’d imagine the Casio’s don’t, the really cheap ones. So that’s another thing to consider, does it plug into a computer? Okay, the last point, a big one, is how are the reviews? Does it have good reviews? Does the keyboard have bad reviews? You wanna check that out, very, very important.

So, looking at the YPG-535, I highly recommend this. If you’re interested in getting any of the keyboards in this lesson, I highly recommend you check out the links I’ve provided in the description, because those are special links. Those are what’s called affiliate links where if you buy the keyboard from that link, it won’t cost you any more money, but at the same time, it will actually help the channel grow, because it will help, you know, Amazon will give me a couple of dollars in return, or a certain percentage. It’s pretty low, but anything to help out the channel and help us to continue to grow. So I just wanna tell you about that. But if you look at the YPG-535, you click on the number there, or, well, here you go, and it takes you to the reviews. So as you can see, great for kids to take lessons on.

You know, pretty good review, and then you look through, and is adjustable and easy to move. So you wanna also take a look at what are these people valuing in their reviews? Are these things that you value? Are they things that matter to you? And if they’re complaining about things, are those things that matter to you, ’cause you’ll find some that have some negative reviews, but you’re like, you know what, the things people are complaining about, they don’t really matter to me. That’s not a feature I really cared about or something like that, so you wanna consider, are these reviews, do they relate to you on a practical level? And as you can see, all these reviews are great. Now, what you wanna do is you do want to look for three-star, two-star, and one-star reviews. You don’t wanna just check out the five-star reviews. This one has no one-star reviews. It has no two-star reviews, and it has no three-star reviews.

Only five-star reviews, 91%, and four-star reviews, at nine percent. Seriously, this is a good keyboard to buy if this is in your price range, right? You look at it, and you’re like, wow, not bad at all. Look at the common customer questions and answers. Is the music stand included? And then you wanna look at other things. So, you know, that’s something we talked about, and it can answer a lot of the questions that you already have about whatever keyboard you’re looking at. So, here’s a $111 keyboard. Let’s see how the reviews match up. It has four out of five star reviews overall. Not bad, right? But look here. Immediately, you see a three-star review that says power supply sold separate.

That is a pain in the butt. You don’t want that. You know, you want certainly a power supply, which is like really just the power cord to, you know, plug it in. You wanna be able to plug it in. Even my Roland keyboard, the expensive one, comes with a power cord. It needs to come with a power cord. This one says faulty model. Now, that might not be your experience. That might be like something, you know, off-hand, that somebody encountered at one time, but it might be something that you encounter right away. So you wanna be careful. Then there are some. So it looks like it’s like the keyboard’s okay, everything’s okay, and if you notice, though, that it’s not a really expensive keyboard, so it makes a lot of sense. So you wanna check out the reviews. You know, are the things people complaining about, are they a deal-breaker for you, or are they, you know, something that’s really not that important to you? So you wanna not only look at the reviews, but look at the common questions and the common things people are talking about with these keyboards. Okay, I wanna tell you some things before you go.

The first thing I wanna tell you about is you definitely wanna check out some of the playlists on the channel. I feel like it’s probably the most under-utilized thing on any YouTube channel is people do not check out the playlists. Especially with an educational channel such as this one, playlists are really important because they curate these videos together around a certain topic. So if you wanna learn about two-handed piano playing, maybe I’ll put one of the playlists around, or you want to get the very basics of playing piano, all collected into one playlist, you really wanna check out those playlists, because they’ll help gather all the lessons on the channel into a cohesive, you know, a cohesive, sequential thing that you’ll watch, and then you’ll get a lot more out of it in my opinion, so check out those playlists. Another thing I wanna tell you about is if you head over to pianolessonsontheweb.com, I have a lot of courses that I’ve made about piano and music. So they’re the same kind of lesson videos you’ll find here on the channel, plus a lot, lot more, and what I mean by that is you’ll get instructional videos along with printable sheet music examples, real songs to play, supporting materials, activities, you know, online learning activities, and a whole lot of other things to enhance your learning.

So you will get a lot more out of there. It also helps the channel grow, because, like I said, it costs a lot of time and money to run the channel, and by enrolling in the courses on the website, not only are you helping yourself learn a lot more about piano and music. You’re also helping out the channel and the worldwide effort to teach piano and music to everybody around the world if it’s possible. My goal with this is to expand the number of piano students in the world. So thank you for coming out, everybody, and I’ll check you out for the next lesson. Thank you so much..

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How to Teach Piano to a 5 year old

 

I recall the first time I took my children to piano music lessons in Brisbane Australia my son daughter were just turning 6 and 5 respectfully. As parents on a Saturday morning it was packed with us young parents who were their support and cheer them on. The lessons were a group session it was way to full with a dozen beginner kids who at best were probably confused with the teacher trying shout over them and percussion instruments rattling in the background.

I recall my early lesson was one on one and I really had a great teacher that help me place my hand on the white keys ever so gently getting me to press each note with my thumb then followed by other fingers on my right hand. The enormity of the piano with my legs dangling over a proper piano stool was overwhelming because we had an old wooden stool at home on our old piano.But later we got a great adjustable piano stool as this becomes really important for your posture

Later on when I started my first music school in Woodridge QLD Australia the majority were Polynesians children and the group lessons were the best times I had teaching them after school. I was able to secure some old computers and purchase some software where they went through some musical theory whilst we had piano and vocal lessons going.

How to teach Piano to 5 year old |The same concept of fun was a Paramount as the students responded lots of games and cards picture board games and even bit of bulrush outside.

Most 5 year old Students experience sound before the symbol or name of the sound is even defined. After students discover what it feels like to play the sound and learning the technique needed to produce the sound, they then learn the symbol and finally the name for the sound. So I approach new concepts with most students (but especially young ones) with a sound-feel-symbol-name sequence.

Frances Clark teaching for early childhood piano are a great resource especially for older students.

Keyboard Musician for the Adult Beginner (Frances Clark Library Supplement)

Here is a complete repertoire and textbook for the older or adult beginner. Starting with material appropriate for the first lesson, it moves rapidly through discoveries, music and activities equivalent to The Music Tree and Levels 1 and 2. On completing the book, the student is ready for Level 3 of the Clark Library. The book provides quantities of music, all of it selected or composed to appeal to the older student — Studies (introducing each of 65 new subjects), Repertoire (155 solos and duets), Accompanying and Transposing (62 melodies to accompany and to transpose to all major and minor keys), Sight Reading (107 one-line pieces that review each of the new discoveries and teach sight reading skills). In addition, the 22 units in 208 pages include: Technical Exercises, Rhythm Exercises, Written Work and Improvising. A Glossary at the end defines all new signs and terms introduced throughout the book.

The Music Tree Activities Book: Time to Begin

Initially assessing their musical ability is the first step in identifying where to start with your students.

  • 2 black keys and 3 black keys can they see the pattern on the piano if not I use easy rote pieces around to help them navigate around the piano, such as those found in the wonderful Piano Safari and Roadtrip! books.
  • Can they hear the pitch
  • Can sing or vocalize what I sing
  • Finger movement

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GAMES

High or Low

Loud or Short

Same or different

Happy or sad

Funny

Sounds like

Tap me a note- Fingers 1 & 2 on the left hand and the right hand

copy me

Having fun and affirming without correcting them at this stage and then we may do abit of singing.

Some may have a perfect pitch others may not have it yet but having them sing along with me is important rather than the piano.

Remember Fun Appropriate and a Beaming Face when they leave is what we want.

Here we explore their first aural assesment and see whether as a teacher we can build our student aural skills.

Can they sing back the note and whether it is high or low .

You can use pitch awareness by asking them do they have a favorite song and if they are brave enough to sing abit for you.Watch there dixterity hand and finger movement at 5 some have a grip of a 7 year old and others are still grasping crayons in a fist shape.

This is why we tap it out. I get them tapping individual fingers on a table or closed piano lid. Call out “finger 2!” and demonstrate tapping this finger independently.

As with everything else here, this needs to be adapted to have a positive experience. Fingers 1 & 2 could be enough for the first day. Or, you might be able to utilise all the fingers, and specify which hand to use.

Hearing the pulse jumping marching and don’t worry about the rhythm but as 5 year olds we just to access there gross motor skills first.

Come back to piano and play game of navigate around

“Let’s play only white keys.”, or “Let’s use only three black key groups this time.” can prompt exploration and understanding of the keyboard geography.

There are definitely more things I’m paying attention to in my first interactions with a child. These are just the key musical abilities that I want to assess. The reason for choosing these particular ones is that they are the most common stumbling blocks for students this age.

Right now, all over the world, piano students are wasting precious practice time. And piano teachers are straining valuable vocal chords telling them to practice more. It’s time to reexamine this setup, and cure the underlying piano practice ailments.

“A must-read for every piano teacher, The Piano Practice Physician’s Handbook is full of practical advice you can start using with your students today! Follow the prescriptions and your studio will be full of musicians with healthy practice habits.”

Hi. Welcome to The Piano Podcast. I’m Mario Ajero.

In this video, I want to show some piano pieces that you could teach to young preschool children as young as age three to prepare them for traditional piano lessons.

I’m hoping this video is useful to both professional piano teachers as well as parents who just want to give their young children a head start on piano lessons.

One of the first activities that you can actually do at the keyboard is to teach your kids that the piano consists of two black keys and three black keys.

Can you play two black keys like this?

Once children can find the two black keys, you can do short rhythmic patterns alternating between the two black keys like this one.

I use braced second fingers like this because most kids around the age of three don’t have the individual finger control yet to use multiple fingers.
So don’t rush that part in these initial learning stages.

After they can repeat after you, make sure they can play in the different octaves of the keyboard.

This introduces them to transposing and establishes a physical and aural connection between the other parts of the keyboard.

After that, move on to the groups of three Black Keys you might want to start with just simple up and down patterns

But hot cross buns is probably the most accessible piece on three Black Keys as it has no it’s going down and groups of repeated notes going up

After they’ve mastered it on three Black Keys challenge them to move it on to other sets of three keys like be b,a,g right next to it

Transposing to other key areas reinforces the intervallic relationships between notes in music

Which is probably more important than learning the individual notes themselves

To other easy key areas are the notes E,D,C groups

and even the be excuse me d sharp C sharp B groups

Oh mary had a little lamb is another familiar tune that’s a little bit more complex to teach because it has more changes in direction than hot cross buns

Teach it in small phrases that the young student can master first and then piece it all together 4:51

Moving students to tunes that spanned more than just the three Black Keys is easy with tunes like the first part of Old MacDonald

From there you can move too familiar tunes that have jumps of like a fifth in it like twinkle twinkle little star

Let the child use both hands so that he or she can more easily find the jump like this

as you can tell i like to play a little confidence along with the young child

This acts as a motivator to have the child feel like he or she is part of a larger and fuller sounding piece of music

Also it helps the child get a stronger sense of pulse and rhythm they can simply be coral a conference that go back and forth between tonic dominant and subdominant harmonies

If the child has an older sibling that place piano then it’s a wonderful opportunity to put them together for duet playing

Such as this rendition of happy birthday performed by Olivia come accompanied by her brother neo

Parents who are interested in introducing these activities for their young children to start playing piano make it a regular part of their your family everyday activities

For example i started all my children with playing the piano a little bit after dinner each time and just became a regular occurrence something that was expected of the children

Try to always be encouraging and positive with your comments towards them and the attitude towards playing the piano

However try to resist the temptation to bribe them with external incentives or rewards anything like that they’re

The music itself should act as the incentive if they actually do well and succeed at it that’s going to be enough motivation for them to continue and excel at the piano playing and in future lessons

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The Piano Practice Physician’s Handbook

 

The Piano Practice Physician’s Handbook takes a fresh look at how piano teachers teach practice skills. These 32 piano student ailments and their cures open up new ways of thinking about piano practice problems.

Learn to Play Piano | ABCDEFG Song | Learn Music

Baby Joy Joy A, B, C, D, E, F, G Not H. Not I. Not J. Not K. A, B, C, D, E, F, G A, B, C, D, E, F, G A, B, C, D, E, F, G Not H. Not I. Not J. Not K. Find all the F’s. Find all the C’s. Find all the G’s. D, E, F, G, A, B Not H. Not I. Not J. Not K. A, A, A in the middle of the triplets. B, B, B at the top of the triplets. C, C, C at the bottom of the twins. D, D, D in the middle of the twins. E, E, E at the top of the twins. F, F, F at the bottom of the triplets. G, G, G in the middle of the triplets. A, B, C, D, E, F, G A, B, C, D, E, F, G A, B, C, D, E, F, G Not H.

Not I. Not J. Not K. Find all the F’s. Find all the C’s. Find all the G’s. D, E, F, G, A, B Not H. Not I. Not J. Not K. A, A, A in the middle of the triplets. B, B, B at the top of the triplets. C, C, C at the bottom of the twins. D, D, D in the middle of the twins.

E, E, E at the top of the twins. F, F, F at the bottom of the triplets. G, G, G in the middle of the triplets. Not H. Not I. Not J. Not K. Cha Cha Cha! It’s Baby Joy Joy. Come join Baby Joy Joy as she learns through music, rhymes, stories, and adventure. Your little one will love the charming animation, the catchy songs, and the wonderful imagination of Baby Joy Joy. Be sure to subscribe to Baby Joy Joy’s YouTube channel so you can get all of her amazing videos..

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Learn The Black Notes On The Piano

Our last lesson learns to play the white notes on the piano we learned the musical alphabets

More numbers on a modern piano there are 88 keys 52 are whites and 36 are the black key. A, B, C, D, E, F and G musical notes are represented by the white keys.

How the Black Keys Differ

Remember our pattern we found looking at the piano 2 Black Notes followed by 3 Black Notes and repeats over and over.

Now these Black keys differ from the white keys in that they represent half step intervals .

They call them sharps and flats.

What does this mean?

Sharps mean play a note or key immediate or half step right of the key.

Flats mean play a note or key immediate or half step left of the key.

Piano word for half step is called semi-tone so we may say semitone back or forward. So a semitone is like the distance from one note to the next or half step.

Like Basketball when you pivot or step forward it is like playing sharps and backward is like playing flats.

You get really good in doing those steps and playing the piano like basketball this one move helps you get around the playing piano music easily.

Its amazing how millionaire basketball pros make their fortunes from this one step forward n back play. Years of practice and refinement.

So like our musical instrument the piano knowing our steps-

All the White notes| All the Black Notes

Helps us create amazing music just from this one drill.

Here is an example

The Black Key After the Note C is C sharp.The Black Key is to immediate right

 

learn how to play the white piano notes

 

You may recall that enjoying to play or learn anything does take time and how long does it take to learn piano?

Well, that’s akin to when you remember when your children first walked talked and express Mommy Daddy it is like a language.

Traditional lessons can be complicated and you could quit but hopefully, we can help you consider these benefits of learning the piano. Honestly, before I started lessons I was learning by ear and even though they were church hymns they were enough to introduce me to notes on a ledger and staff bass and treble.

If you have parents who are supporting you please hang on it may not be hip but you will so much not regret it. I have a link of an online program called play sessions I recommend, check out my review here or click here or the link below. Hang on but if you have no time and wanna be the Hip click below.

Piano Keyboard The Layout of The Keyboard

What do you see when you are looking at the piano keyboard are you confused?

Can be just a lot of notes at first but that’s why I feel we got to look at the layout of the piano first.

What if I was to tell that the notes on the piano are not that many and I am going to assume you know the western alphabet.

These notes repeat over and over some being higher and some beings lower.

Take look at this keyboard you what colors do you notice?

Black and White keys right?

You can also see a pattern with the Black Keys. What Is It?

A: two black keys followed by three black keys and repeats. Goes on and on depending on what the length of your keyboard but usually the piano has 88 keys.

It is Easy To now Label you notes once you can follow this pattern TWO BLACK KEYS FOLLOWED BY THREE BLACK KEYS SO AND SO ON.

White KEY

The name and start of our alphabet are ABCDEFG and then it repeats over and over from the bottom to the highest pitch on the piano.

Congratulations you now know all the white notes on the piano.The FACT there are 7 alphabet notes in the piano alphabet.

WHERE IS NOTE C?

If you can see C then you can see that it is positioned immediately left of a group of Two BLACK NOTES.

So every Key to the Left of TWO Black Notes Is C.

So

Find C.

The notes up from C are CDEFGABC

There’s no H just repeats, right?

The MUSICAL ALPHABET

SO you have learned all the notes on the piano.

You know the musical alphabet has 7 letters ABCDEFG and then repeats.

You know how to find C!

And you know all the white notes with allot of practice.

Below is some fun with an instruction how to play 4 chords but you will learn to allot.

Skip to the Next Lesson to learn The Black Notes.

Hey Piano Players Discover 5 Ways To Stay Motivated!

 

learn four chords to play hundreds of songs

OK, in today’s tutorial I want to look at some easy piano chords and how you can use them to play some famous songs and even learn some improvisation skills on the piano. I got the idea for this tutorial from a Buzzfeed post I saw recently – it listed 73 songs you can play with just four chords. Now, that got me thinking, because most of my recent piano tutorials have been on fairly advanced concepts, so I thought it was time to get back to basics and do a tutorial that offers a way in for you guys who are kind of relative beginners on the piano and maybe new to my channel. So what I’m going to do is take a look at those four piano chords That you can use to play, well, actually far more than 73 songs – probably hundreds.

OK, we’re going to look at the chords in the key of C major. There’s the scale of C major. It’s the simplest scale, the simplest key on the piano keyboard. We’ll think about other keys a bit later, but for now C major is where it’s all at. The four chords that we’re going to use are C, F, G and A minor Yeah? That’s the chords of C major, F major, G major and A minor. C uses the notes C, E and G F uses F, A and C G uses G, B and D and A minor uses A, C and E. You’ll notice that all the notes of those chords from from that C major scale.

That’s because all chords are basically made of scales – that’s a really important idea in music theory. I’m assuming, by the way, that you don’t actually have a ton of knowledge, and I’m going to talk about all the basic concepts you need right here. If you want a bit more in-depth information or you want to know more about music theory, or see other piano tutorials that I’ve done, do click on the link to subscribe to my channel. You might also find my book, How To Really Play The Piano, pretty useful, but I’ll talk more about that a little bit later. So now we’ve got those four basic chords but they sound pretty dull like that. We want to turn them into something… a bit more kind of interesting, a bit more useful, a bit more musical. How do we do that? So the first thing we need to do is put them in some sort of order – what we might call a “chord progression”.

For now, the order we’re going to use is C, G, A minor, F. That’s C, G, A minor, F. If you’re watching this at the piano, you might just want to pause there and get your fingers round that chord progression. C, G, A minor, F. Now, a key thing to understand is that we don’t have to play those chords in those shapes, because the piano offers us hundreds ways of playing any one chord. If you’re coming from an instrument like the guitar, that can be pretty scary because on a guitar there are maybe, you know, there are maybe three or four ways of playing a chord like C – half a dozen if you’re a good player, and some are harder than others. But on the piano, as I said, there are hundreds of ways of playing each chord.

OK, so those are all different ways of playing the chord of C. We call them different “inversions” and “voicings” and basically what you do is just take the three notes of that chord – C, E and G – and play them in pretty much any combination. Different combinations will have different effects. Sometimes you can even miss one of the notes out and play, you know, just Cs and Es, but most of the time you’ll need to use all three notes so the chord keeps what we call its “identity”.

In other words, so it’s clear what chord it actually is. Have a play around just with that chord of C, playing it in as many different ways as you can on the piano keyboard, OK? You know, spend five, ten, fifteen minutes just getting your head around, and your fingers around, that chord of C. You’ll notice a couple of things: first off, it’s not a good idea to cluster too many notes close together down in the lower octaves of the piano keyboard, because that sounds kind of muddy and messy.

Rather, keep the tight clusters in your right hand and try to keep the left hand spread out, maybe playing just one or two notes, maybe the same two notes an octave apart, like that. But for now, just one note in the left hand will be fine, just to give our progression a little bit of a bass, a little bit of a bass bite if you like. So there we are: all Cs, Es and Gs in various different different permutations. The other thing you’ll notice is that the very lowest note you play in the bass has a big effect on the chord. That’s what we call the root note of the chord, and most of the time, it’ll be the same note that the chord is named after. So C if the chord is C, F if the chord is F and so on. A if the chord is A minor. If you use different note in the bass you get a different effect. OK, you can probably hear that. So there’s C with C in the bass…

C with E in the bass… C with G in the bass. That can be useful, as we’ll see, but you don’t want to be doing it all the time. The kind of default assumption is that we play as the root note the note that the chord is named after. OK, so a lot of information there. The next thing to do is take all those chords in that order – C, G, A minor, F – and play them in lots of different inversions at the piano keyboard. C, G, A minor, F – C, G, A minor, F. OK, I realise I’m probably going out of shot down here, but, you know, you get the idea. Just get your fingers around those chords for now. Don’t worry about timing or rhythm or anything like that, just sit down at the piano and play those chords in lots of different ways.

C, G, A minor, F – C, G, A minor, F. Something I talk about a lot in my piano tutorials is the importance of experimenting and playing around. Playing piano is a complex motor skill, and to do it your brain needs to lay down a lot of new circuitry. You actually need to grow new bits of brain. That takes a little bit of time and a little bit of training and the best way you can help your brain to do it is by doing what I’ve just talked about: sitting down at the piano and practising. But practising musn’t be mindless. You don’t gain anything by playing the same old stuff over and over again once you’re comfortable with it. It means always pushing your boundaries, thinking, experimenting and having fun. So really go at those chords, until that progression just begins to fall under your fingers. And after a little while you might find that, by itself, the progression is beginning to do some quite interesting things. Just as your brain begins to experiment So you’re getting more interesting and more natural shapes, like this. Notice how I’m kind of locking the chords around each other and playing them in inversions that are close together.

Just look again at what I did there: C, G, A minor, F, C, G, A minor, F. And in the left hand I’m occasionally using a note that isn’t the note the chord is named after. So C, G – but with a B in the bass – A minor, F. That gives a more interesting sound, and, crucially, a more natural bass line. That’s the sort of thing that, as I say, if you sit down and play around and experiment you should find begins to fall under your fingers, but you know, do play around with it. OK, so once you’ve got your head around those chords, it’s time to start counting, to start imposing some timing and some rhythm on this chord progression. The way to do that at first is just to play single chords while counting a steady four-beat pulse, like this [counts] Notice again how I’m keeping the lower notes in the left hand just super-simple and adding the richness and the thickness in the right-hand chords.

I’m also using a tiny bit of sustain pedal now and then to stick things together a bit. Talking about sustain is a tiny bit beyond the scope of this tutorial, so I’ll add a link to a tutorial that I do have on it. Now, if this were the chord progression for a song, you’d now be at the stage where you could begin to sing the melody over the top if you wanted to. So in a sense you’re already you know, reaching the point where you can use these four chords to play loads of those four-chord songs on the piano. But you probably want to enrich things a little bit. So if you were playing these chords as part of a progression from a song, what you’d be playing right now is what we call a “comp”.

That’s a kind of shorthand for “piano accompaniment”. Now, just playing simple chords to time is the simplest kind of comp there is. And if you’re playing slow ballads or whatever, it’s absolutely fine. You know, it can be a really cool comp just to play single chords. But there are various ways you can make your comps more complex and more interesting.

I’ve got quite a few tutorials on the subject of how to do just that, and I will include some links. But you’ll probably find that if you play around and experiment long enough, some of those techniques will just begin to fall under your fingers as you get more and more comfortable with the chords. Let me just give you a few pointers on some that you can try. A really simple one is split chords. OK, you can see what I’m doing there: just taking the right hand chord and splitting it into the upper two notes and the lower note and just rocking on it like that. If you can master that then there are loads of songs you can play, you know, things like John Lennon’s “Imagine”, various bits and pieces of Coldplay ballads often use that kind of split chord approach. Again, sit down and play around with it and experiment, and see if you can make the rhythms a bit more complex. So there I’m rocking across both hands. It’s kind of like getting the right strum on a guitar. If you play the guitar you’ll know that the thing you have to do for any particular song is get your right hand rhythm correct – get one that suits the song you’re playing.

If you’re feeling really confident you can break up those chords even more and begin to play… …what we call arpeggios and broken chords, where we’re taking the chords to bits and playing them a note at a time. As I say, you need to put the hours in, get really comfortable with having those chords under your fingers, and after a while you’ll find your piano skills begin to grow and develop. But it takes work, it takes time. As I said, you’re literally growing new bits of brain to do this.

OK, before you go and practise this stuff there are a couple of final things to mention. First of all, knowing four chords lets you accompany lots of songs on the piano, but it doesn’t give you the melodies of those songs. So you can sing as long as you play the chords, but you don’t have enough information to create a piano solo. The easiest thing to do – and it’s really good practice – is to pick a song and try figuring out the melody for yourself at the piano keyboard. Now if you’re new to it that might seem impossibly difficult, but actually it’s pretty easy – because the melody of any song will include lots of notes from the chords. Not all of them will be chord notes – there’ll be what we call passing notes and suspensions – but if you’ve mastered the chords of a song, you’re actually usually only a short distance from the melody.

It’s just about picking around and finding it. Do have a go at working tunes out at home, because it’s great practice. It can feel like a huge mental effort first, but that’s a good thing. Any time you’re at the piano and you feel like your brain is breaking because something you’re trying is so difficult, that’s when you’re really learning – you’re building those new pathways and connections.

Secondly, at the moment you’re only playing those chords in the key of C, so you can play all of those four-chord songs, but only in one key, which would get pretty boring after a while. And if you find the chords for a song you like online, say, they might not be in C. You can just figure them out in C, of course, say if the chord progression is in F then the chords you’d be dealing with would be F, C, D minor and B flat, and you can kind of work out how they correspond, so F would be C and D minor would be A minor and all the rest. A better thing to do would be to actually learn chords in different keys. Because then you can really vary your playing and really break it up. So that’s rather beyond the scope of this video, but explore my channel, take a look at my book, which we’ll talk about in a second, and learn the different keys, a few different scales – really handy things – and some of those different chords.

You might like to kick off by looking at the stuff I’ve got on my channel on really basic harmony, then there’s loads of stuff available online; thirdly, you might like to get some sort of book or course. I don’t have a really basic piano book out yet for people who don’t read any music at all, but there are quite a few out there. Probably the best one is “The Complete Piano Player” by Kenneth Baker. But if you do have a bit more of a grasp of the basics, if you can read a little bit of simple music, Do have a look at my book, “How To Really Play The Piano”. So, if you’ve had a few piano lessons in the past but you’re not quite sure or you can’t quite remember, or you were never taught how to use chords and things, you will find it all in here, starting with improvisation, learning about chords, learning to improvise through the medium of 12-bar blues, which is one of the simplest ways into improvisation. Loads of stuff on harmony. So do give it a look. It’s available as a print edition for 14 pounds 95 or a digital download for 9 pounds 95.

Even if you’re not going to get the book, there are loads and loads of free tutorials on my channel, there’s about 120 of them, so please do subscribe, comment, get in touch, give me a shout, let me know if this kind of thing is interesting. OK – more next week, I hope – there we go, happy piano playing. [ENDS].

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Body Position for Piano Playing

How to use correct posture and Body Position for Piano Playing

 

My teacher as helped the importance of body and hand position so I can avoid injury one day.She would observe how I sat on the stool and adjust accordingly with my arms and chest in a open position .This was in preparation for her strong ideas on how to move to a note,strike it and bounce away from one note to the next.

This set the foundation for me practice and eventually move with blinding speed in the middle of something complex.You be amazed with the tone quality is affected by your weight of your arm added to a note and the ergonomic quality of your posture .One teacher in jazz reminded me of the intracies of the fingers and how our wrists and arms ,shoulders elbows are like pulleys and levers with sustain injury if no attention is paid to your body and body position for piano playing.

Right Finger Shape

Try relaxing both hands on your thighs and slide them over your knee did you notice your fingers gently are naturally curved.

Your head should be in line with your shoulder

My teacher hass helped me realise the importance of correct body and hand position so I can avoid injury one day.

She would observe how I sat on the stool and adjust accordingly with my arms and chest in an open position.

This was in preparation for her strong ideas on how to move to a note, strike it and bounce away from one note to the next.

This set the foundation for me practice and eventually move with blinding speed in the middle of something complex.

You be amazed with the tone quality that is affected by the weight of your arm added to a note and the ergonomic quality of your posture.

One teacher in jazz reminded me of the intricacies of the fingers and how our wrists and arms,shoulders elbows are like pulleys and levers with sustain injury if no attention is paid to your body and body position for piano playing.

Right Finger Shape

Try relaxing both hands on your thighs and slide them over your knee did you notice your fingers gently are naturally curved.

Your head should be in line with your shoulder and hips.

Keep this position and slowly raised them to the piano and sit both hands on the piano or keyboard.

That was easy but essential that you practice this.

A note about the thumb sitting at the edge of the piano near the tip on the side edge straight but not loose.

Kids Use A Foot Rest As Well As a Comfortable Piano Stool.

This essential for all the obvious reasons but kids will be more comfortable and better posture will be achieved with their feel firmly on something rather than dangling.

I know in my experience my Dad had a pile of books as a foot rest it worked just the same.

Feel Your Arm Fall On Each Note

Practice feeling the natural weight of your arms by pushing the piano bench back from the piano and then as you feel the weight of your arms drop to your lap.

Measure the weight and how it feels as you draw back to the piano and see if you can feel the weight of your arm behind each note. Its essential you practice this because later you can appreciate the tone quality and speed delivery of your playing. The elbow and the wrist should line up in a mostly straight line.

Comfortable relaxed efficient posture is the key and the starts with curved fingers.

 

 

 

 

 

Hi I’m Tony Newton and we are going to talk about the piano now the forte-piano is one of the greatest tools in instruments that the human being if you want to call them that can use to experience a great amount of exultation and artistic and resource.

So let’s burrow right into it and here we go.

Hi I’m Tony Newton and on behalf of Expert Village and we are going to coming dallying the piano and this addressed with compensate organization and mitt stance okay now “theres going”.

You want to make sure that you can sit at the forte-piano and slouch over but you don’t want to be to close so that you can’t move and you don’t want to be to far back.

Now mostly you want to try and sit with your backbone erect because it would make it easier for expressing and playing and using your entire torso to/ for face.

Now exactly to demonstrate you what I want as like I’m just going to play a simple chord and you will see my position.

So that channel you can get up and down on the keyboard you can move and you have excellent motion to get anywhere and use it for expression ..

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When Learning Piano Do Your Fingers Get Tied Up?

When Learning Piano Do Your Fingers Get Tied Up?

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Awkward fingering can lead to frustration and when you are learning piano a lack flow will occur if your fingering is not accurate.

Besides, we don’t want to sound bad right?

Principles of Learning Fingering is essential but take your time remember we have amazing hands and fingers that amazingly can create beautiful music so it makes sense to develop some fingering technique.

 

Use these fingering pointers when learning the piano:

  1. Natural and easy is how your fingering should feel
  2. functional position of the hand should be maintained
  3. A neutral position is where the wrist should be

To realize how this is done

Go to your piano and place your fingers on the E, F#, G#, A#, and B keys.

Did you see how fingers 1 and 5 rest on white keys and fingers 2, 3, and 4 rest on the black ones?

Some practical fingering ways for anything on the piano are learns when we do this exercise:

  1. Let fingers 2, 3, and 4 deals with the black keys as much as possible.
  2. Let fingers 1 and 5 deals with white keys most of the time.
  3. Fingers should be slightly curved.
  4. Use the closest finger to the target key while maintaining a natural hand position.

One last thing: stick with it, when you have figured out your fingering

If you keep on changing fingerings, you won’t master the piano and if you need help with a piano finger software read my review here

With some practical fingering tips, discover more ways to be comfortable with them below.

Found some chord shapes, what does this tell us?

Learning how to play piano easier when you understand chords.

Learning chords and scales and help you learn accurate fingering.

Click here to learn more about piano chords and scales essential .

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Online Piano Software Review | Playground Sessions

Online Piano software review with Playground Sessions

Online Piano Software Review | Playground Sessions|This is probably the fastest online piano software that will get you sitting on the piano and playing on your own.

Access to the #1 rated Piano Learning Software by Quincy Jones

Quincy Delight Jones Jr. (born March 14, 1933), also known as “Q“, is an American musician and record producer.[2] His career spans six decades in the entertainment industry, a record 79 Grammy Award nominations,[3] and 27 Grammy,[3] including a Grammy Legend Award in 1991.

This is one of my favorite software for piano learning as it provides a total package when it comes to learning with an enormous selection of play along songs and gentle mentoring ship to help all ages to joyfully enjoy learning at skill level and your pace.

Play Songs You Know and Love
Play to Learn Music Theory
Play with inspiring teacher
Play with interactive piano video lessons
Play with real-time feedback & scores
Play with progress visualizations
Play Like a game
Play with friends:Record and share your performance

The video below are students enjoying the video lessons with an interactive dashboard playing their favorite tracks and there are abundant YouTube videos of fellow students playing follow along training.A digital keyboard or piano is all that is required.

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Here are Playground students who posted videos.

Students featured in this video are as follows (in order):
– Pradeep Murali – My Heart Will Go On
– J Cory Kraftchick – Girl Crush
– John Sandlin – Daydream Believer
– Diego De Miguel Pena – River Flows In You
– Austin Ferreira – River Flows In You
– Maureen Pankhurst Sullivan – Fix You
– Toivo Kuparinen – Can You Feel The Love Tonight?

There is room for all levels of which they provide follow me songs for you to play along with.

Browse song lessons by Difficulty Level:
Rookie: http://bit.ly/rookieplaylist
Intermediate: http://bit.ly/intplaylist
Advanced: http://bit.ly/ytadvplaylist

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What’s New at Playground Session

Staying up to date they have A new channel, with new content posted weekly! Track what’s new with
Playground Sessions — both in and out of YouTube — and in this playlist.

Whats new at PlaygroundsessionThe amazing weekly update has tunes from 12 bar Blues, ALL THE STARS (Black Panther)EVERY BREATH I TAKE (Police), 24K MAGIC (Bruno Mars),Justin Beiber, John Legend, Adele,,Cold Play and many more.

Play With Inspiring Teacher

Since his rendition of “Apologize” on the piano, David Sides’ talent has earned him over 185 million views on YouTube. As a YouTube sensation, David has been invited to play all over the world. David’s genius is in his unique arrangements and his fun and engaging teaching style.

At the early age of 10 years old, David Sides discovered his passion for music and playing the piano. Since sharing his first piano cover on YouTube, his channel has received over 176 million views and some of his most popular covers like “Apologize” by OneRepublic and “Halo” by Beyoncé, have each had several million views. His most recent cover of “All Of Me” by John Legend quickly became a hit on YouTube, reaching over 100,000 views in just a few weeks.

Now this highly talented and inspiring musician is a piano instructor with Playground Sessions. Through interactive video tutorials from our piano-learning software, David Sides will teach you how to play the piano like a pro. Sign up today to start learning piano from the comfort of your own home, with David to guide and inspire you.

Can You Use A Regular Piano

Yes you can.

The program is for All skill levels and you can use a digital or regular piano with a variety of songs sorted by skill level.

If you only have a regular piano you would need to download a lesson to your computer laptop or iPad and just follow the song along. So you will need an internet connection and be online to download a lesson.

If you have a digital piano you can make use of the dashboard and interactive software. Visit official site and FAQ section.

So you will need internet connection, midi or cables from your laptop, computer,iPad to your keyboard.

David Sides will guide you through the set-up of Playground, the Song Library, Bootcamp, Progress, Follow-Along, Practice and Performance sections.

 

Playing On Your Own

This is probably the fastest online piano software that will get you sitting on the piano and playing on your own. There is no doubt there are many programs out there and free YouTube lessons but you need to have the basics in Piano chords and Scales down if you go teach yourself and will need my Free Ebook.

Youtube Piano for Beginners

youtube piano for beginners
YouTube Piano for Beginners

I am sitting here in the evening on the Gold Coast Australia reflecting on how wonderful You Tube has been in helping me learn to play piano. You Tube piano for beginners was not around when I started learning neither was social media but has it not open opportunities for anyone to learn a musical instrument free?

Do a search on google piano for beginners wow 8k per monthly searchers and 102k results as at July 2018. A very popular with a lot of questions like Why I like piano?Can I play and learn piano by myself or can I learn to play piano on an electric keyboard.

As much as you can get instant access can you really learn piano on YouTube?

As much as it appears its only one way learning and there is no feedback from someone who can point out where you can improve? You can pick up some useful things when you watch YouTube but it can be harmful as well as you would not know the difference from what you are applying is correct or not.

I have known this when many a time I have watched YouTube and have picked up a few tips chops and chords. When I have gone to play it live it was embarrassing .I didn’t execute the performance as well as I could of and having misunderstood things and unknowingly made mistakes it was kindly pointed out my some very kind mentors.

Get A Teacherget a teacher

Having a teacher can help you realize that many piano lesson beginner concepts need to be reinforced a lot of times and that’s when having a good teacher can identify immediately what concepts need to be reinforced like for example fingering, hand and sitting posture. Technique on how to use your fingers and coordinating hand position instead of playing hinged or your shoulders inappropriately poised over the piano. These observations cannot be understood from a video so yes by all means learn and watch all you can on YouTube but access mentors, forum,peers who can contribute towards observing you play in order to give you instant feedback.

A great teacher or mentor can tailor make specific issues and reinforce you’re learning change adapt and re-organize your lessons to match your strengths and weaknesses help you to read music.

I have understood more quickly when in front of my teacher I have played by reinforced concepts. When I play live and if you make mistakes in front of an audience you are going to remember that really well and work hard not to do it again.

So now enters YouTube with all its wonderful advantages of instant teaching skills and lot of channels dedicated freely to develop your skills in learning piano.But on the horizon rises another technology that will reinforce your learning quickly and that is Artificial Intelligence.

Artificial Intelligence Piano Beginners with Echo 

The new thing is Artificial Intelligence with devices like Echo

This technology is rapidly entering our homes and whilst developing command based responses to questions its  conceivable that in time artificial intelligence devices will help us learn music and observe and direct improvements in our piano learning.

With its adaptability to learn skills it will provide another access for its operations to help a beginners.Already now this basic list of skills as of July 2018 is breath taking.

Standby for awesome transformation in piano lesson beginner for all ages as more skill demands are inputted.

  • Echo connects to Alexa to play music, make calls, set music alarms and timers, ask questions, control smart home devices, and more—instantly.
  • Just ask for a song, artist, or genre from Amazon Music, Spotify, Pandora, and more. With multi-room music, you can play music on compatible Echo devices in different rooms. Echo can also play Audible audiobooks, radio stations, news briefs, and more.
  • Call or message almost anyone hands-free with your Echo device. Also, instantly connect to other Echo devices in your home using just your voice.
  • New speaker, now with Dolby processing for crisp vocals and dynamic bass response. Echo can fill the room with 360° omnidirectional audio.
  • With seven microphones, beamforming technology, and noise cancellation, Echo hears you from any direction—even while music is playing
  • Just ask Alexa to check your calendar, weather, traffic, and sports scores, manage to-do and shopping lists, control your compatible smart lights, thermostats, garage doors, sprinklers, and more
  • Alexa is always getting smarter and adding new features and skills. Just ask Alexa to control your TV, request an Uber, order a pizza, and more.

 

 

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