If you want to start playing the piano but don’t know where to begin, here are seven practice steps to get you started.
(1) Learn to play the keyboard
Everything starts with learning the basics.
If you don’t know numbers, there is no way you can do the addition or multiplication if you are told to do it.
This in itself may not be anything interesting, but it is very important, so learn it well.
Since an in-depth explanation would be exhaustive, only the minimum necessary knowledge is presented here.
Let’s learn from the keyboard first.
Pianos have a total of 88 keys. (Your piano or keyboard may have fewer, but it is unlikely that you will use them end to end. Most sheet music can be played on as few as 40 keys, don’t worry.)
The white keys produce a natural and beautiful sound when pressed. These keys are called ” white keys. Conversely, black keys are called ” black keys.
It is not necessary to remember, but in English, the white keys are called “natural” or “natural” and the black keys are called “accidentals” or “non-essential” (in musical terms, extraordinary notes).
The keyboard consists of seven white keys and five black keys, arranged in a single group, and the sequence is repeated to the right and left.
This single grouping is called an ” octave.
Therefore, the white key on the right side of the diagram is called the “keyboard one octave ahead (to the right)” of the white key on the left.
The piano keys play higher notes as you go to the right and lower notes as you go to the left.
In the octave mentioned earlier, “a keyboard one octave ahead” can be paraphrased as “a keyboard one octave higher”.
(2) Note and keyboard position
Remember where the notes on the music sheet are on the keyboard.
In order to connect music notation to the keyboard, one must first learn about the G clef and F clef.
Please refer to this article.
While actually pressing the keyboard keys, let’s find out where the “Do” note is.
It is not enough to simply connect a place with a “de”.
Make sure you have a good grasp of the notes that come from that keyboard.
In other words, you should be able to listen to a note and guess where it will be on the keyboard.
(iii) Posture and finger shape
Next is the posture and finger shape for playing the piano.
Posture and finger shape are as important as “where the notes are on the keyboard.
If the posture of playing the piano is not correct, the force is not transmitted properly to the keyboard, making it difficult to play strong or weak notes.
Not only that, but the movement of the keyboard, or the transition of notes, becomes awkward, typical of so-called “beginner’s playing.
Learn proper posture so that power is transmitted cleanly to the keyboard.
Do not make the mistake, in the beginning, of falling over your body with emotion as a professional pianist would do.
The first step is to play with proper posture and build a strong torso.
Once the posture of playing the piano is perfect, the next step is the “finger shape” of playing the piano.
Like posture, this also affects the transmission of power and the transition of sound.
Inevitably, when you are a beginner, your fingers tend to lose their shape on their own while you are playing.
While concentrating on playing, be aware of the shape of your fingers.
If you have mastered this, your future piano practice will be much more efficient.
Learn the (4) chord
Chords are often referred to as “chords.
A chord is three or more notes played
at the same time
notes at the same time.
notes played at the same time.
Among the various types of musical instruments, few instruments can play chords alone, and the piano is one of the few that can.
As you will know if you are good at mathematics, there are so many types of chords that you can’t count them, because you have to choose from 88 keys to play them.
However, there are not so many chords that are actually used frequently.
They are what are classified as “major chords” and “minor chords.
Take a look at the code in this article.
It is important to play and practice several chords, but at the same time you need to develop your listening skills.
Playing the piano is not only about looking at sheet music.
It is also necessary to copy songs that you listen to and like.
These major and minor chords should not only be played, but also played over and over again so that they can be heard.
(5) Play a simple piece of music
Once you have reached this point, play a simple tune.
Although training for (6) is normally done first, it is recommended that you play one piece at this stage to motivate yourself to play the piano.
Prepare the sheet music as it is available on the Internet or in books.
Personally, I recommend “Twinkle Twinkle Twinkle Star”.
Please refer to the following article for more information. Of course, it is the one that even has an accompaniment.
When you have the sheet music ready, practice as soon as possible.
First, practice with one hand.
There is no way you can play it out of the blue, so first, press the keys one by one while checking the notes on the sheet music.
Once you know where the keys are, play through them, being aware of the rhythm.
We recommend using a metronome to develop a stable sense of rhythm at this time.
Once you can play the right hand, practice the left hand in the same way.
If you can do it with both, now play both hands at the same time.
Rather than playing with one hand, slow down the tempo at first.
If you try to force yourself to play to the tempo, you may go from one note out of tune to the next without caring.
This is not a good practice.
Be sure to play one bar at a time with both hands at a steady tempo.
After playing one song, I think I understood where I struggled with my fingerings and playing.
Fingering with keyboard transitions.
Pressing the keys with the little finger of the left hand
To play at a good tempo.
Both hands must play at the same time.
and so on and so forth.
Individuals have different areas of difficulty.
Focus your training on what you feel you are not good at.
7) Challenge new songs
Based on the training in (6), you will be able to master new songs more smoothly than before.
All that remains is to repeat this process.
We will practice a song, reflect on the areas where we struggled, train, and then practice a new song.
Gradually increasing the difficulty of the score is ideal, but not too consciously, or the music will not be set.
Unless the sheet music is extremely higher than your level, do not worry about the difficulty level, and play the songs you like or want to play.
Sometimes it is necessary to play scores that are less difficult than your level.
This is because it can reveal weaknesses in your fundamentals that you may not have seen when playing difficult scores.
Simply playing a variety of songs will not help you improve efficiently.
Be sure to look back and listen to your performance objectively again.
Skills that you are good at will grow naturally without you having to do anything.
Train with an awareness of your weakest skills.
We will be able to train you in the skills that you are weak in.
Naturally you should be intermediate.