How to Get Ready for Your
Free Beginner Piano Lessons
Welcome to your first of several free beginner piano lessons!
Before we actually start tickling the ivories, there are some important facts about the piano we need to discuss.
These free and easy
piano lessons will cover:
Choosing a Piano Keyboard
By the way... what type of keyboard instrument will you be using?
In today’s technological age, there are so many amazing electronic and digital piano keyboards to choose from! However, not all of them are suitable for your free beginner piano lessons.
Of course, you just can’t beat a genuine
wooden-key and strings acoustic piano.
However, I will insist you make sure your
Whether it’s an upright or a grand, to a piano player, nothing feels or sounds better than the real thing.
But now in the 21st century, with space being so limited and budgets so tight, it’s more likely you already own or were thinking about going digital. And that’s fine too.
piano keyboard has three essential features:
Full Size Keys
Make sure you’re using “full-size” keys to practice on. This means that the keys on your piano instrument conform to the standard size of true piano keys.
This sounds laughable, but you’d be surprised at how many people I’ve seen trying to practice their easy piano lessons on “baby keys”. So, I can’t say this enough... you’ll never get the feel for real piano playing using a miniature toy
to practice on.
Actually, these next two features are not quite
as imperative, but they can only help to enhance your free beginner piano lessons.
Use a piano keyboard with “weighted key action”. What’s that? Weighted keys are the digital piano’s simulated answer to what it actually feels like to play a real piano.
The mechanics of how a piano works requires your fingers to apply a certain amount of pressure in order to produce sound.
On a genuine wooden-key piano, the physical act of pressing down on wood provides a certain level of resistance for your fingers.
Also, the keys are not the only moving parts responsible for the mechanics of how a piano works.
Each time you play the wooden key of a piano, another wooden piece called “a hammer” strikes a specific point on an intricate mesh of metallic strings, thereby producing your tone.
There is still another component to how a piano works called a “damper”, which rises above the ringing strings and sustains your tone as long as you hold the piano key in the downward position.
After you release the wooden piano key, the damper falls back into place and stops the strings from vibrating
(and thereby stops your tone).
Your fingers need to become accustomed to the subtle pressures involved with this pressing and holding action in order to develop proper endurance, speed, accuracy and a feel for velocity or “touch” sensitivity on the piano keyboard.
This won’t be possible with flimsy plastic keys.
Use a piano keyboard with a minimum of 61 total keys (as shown in this piano diagram). That adds up to 36 white keys and 25 black keys.
As you advance beyond your free beginner piano lessons you will find music pieces written with a wider range of pitch, requiring you to spread you hands further out amongst the keyboard. Therefore it doesn’t make sense to limit yourself in the beginning by purchasing a smaller range piano keyboard.
Again, these are just my suggestions. After all, in my early days I learned how to play piano fairly well
from just a cheap 49-note plastic Casio.
However, if you will be practicing with plastic keys on a regular basis, just be sure to find a real piano every once in awhile to practice your free beginner piano lessons on.
Trust me, you’ll notice the difference in the added finger resistance immediately. Your fingers may even start to fatigue easily as you begin practicing your easy piano lessons on a real piano if your fingers were originally trained on plastic.
Your Position at the Piano
As you get more experienced at playing the piano, the way you sit or stand at your keyboard will largely depend on your own personal preference and comfort level. Although there are still some basic guidelines you can follow if you’re just starting your free beginner piano lessons.
Sit or Stand?
The sitting position is the most famous and definitely the most effective way to practice your free beginner piano lessons. Sitting gives you the leverage to control your hands and fingers most effectively.
However, the majority of electronic keyboardists (especially those who play in pop or rock bands) will usually find themselves in a standing position more often.
Whether you are sitting or standing, you should always make sure your keyboard height is not above the level of your elbows.
You should be able to comfortably rest your fingers on the keyboard while keeping both your arms in a horizontal position.
If your keyboard is too high, you’ll have to bend your wrists upward in order to play.
This will defeat the purpose of your easy piano lessons, and eventually cause unnecessary tension in your shoulders, wrists and back over the course of long practice (or performance) sessions.
If you’re sitting, sit tall! Lean forward just a little bit, but don’t slouch forward.
On a real piano, your knees should line up slightly underneath the piano keyboard with your feet firmly on the floor for leverage and support.
One foot can be placed slightly forward to reach the pedals.
This image shows the ideal playing position to be in as you practice your free beginner piano lessons.
to Continue on to Page 2, where we will discuss:
The Importance of Proper Fingering & Hand Position
YOUR FIRST FIVE PIANO NOTES
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