Have you ever wondered if you could teach yourself how to learn piano without all the boring music terminology and the technical note reading?
Well congratulations! ... you’re in the right place*
Welcome to Get Piano Lesson 8
Using the “numbered fingering system” we’ve already established, we’ll continue our two-handed piano studies with the help of our interactive blackboard assignments.
In order to teach yourself how to learn piano effectively, proper hand position and fingering are very important.
As long as you have both hands in their proper “C positions”, you shouldn’t have to look down at your fingers to play the notes in these assignments.
As you practice the exercises on this page, try to keep your eyes on the blackboard. Then concentrate on selecting the correct fingers to play the correct keys on your piano keyboard.
This time we’ll put most of the emphasis on our left hand...
In this blackboard assignment, we have a double sequence of numbers that represent notes we’ll play on our piano keyboard. The upper line of 8 notes will be played with our right hand, while the lower line of 15 notes will be played with our left hand.
The entire sequence of numbers is divided into eight short sections. In each section we’ll play two left-hand notes for every single right-hand note. Right-hand notes will be held for the entire duration of both left-hand notes.
Practice both parts separately at first, and then gradually begin to combine the two parts together. It might be easier if you focus on one short section at a time.
When you’re ready, press the “Play” button on the blackboard to see and hear how to learn piano using this exercise.
As you begin to figure out how to learn piano, you’ll notice that the majority of pop or jazz piano music is mainly written to focus on the right hand, while the left hand just kind of supports the dominant hand.
That’s why playing with more emphasis on your left hand can seem a bit more challenging (especially if you’re “right-handed” like me).
But because anything can happen in the world of classical piano music, it’s best to develop our “chops” with both our hands just to be prepared.
So, when you can play this exercise smoothly and with no mistakes, continue onto your next assignment.
We’re going to do one more left-hand focused exercise before we discover how to learn piano with a more progressive assignment.
Let’s get back into the double C position on our piano keyboard with both sets of fingers resting on their properly assigned keys. Now take a look at your next blackboard assignment...
You’ll see I have removed the student sitting in the seat directly in front of the blackboard to give you a better view. (you can thank me later)
Again, we want to begin this exercise by keeping our eyes on the blackboard and not our fingers. As you teach yourself how to learn piano, practice both hands separately, and then gradually begin to combine both hands together.
If you make a mistake in one section, just concentrate on that particular section until you can play it all the way through.
I really want you to master all the exercises we’ve worked on up to this point. Because in our next few assignments, we’ll see how to learn piano with an even greater set of challenges.
So please don’t rush on to your next exercise until you can nail this one perfectly!
When you're ready, press the “Play” button on the blackboard to hear how this melodic sequence of notes should sound when played.
But if you want to see how this blackboard
assignment translates on a real keyboard...
Just Watch this Video Demonstration!
And when you feel comfortable with the exercises on this page and can play them smoothly without mistakes, Click ahead to Get Piano Lesson 9 where we will begin to discover how to learn piano by playing 30 and 100 note patterns using both hands!