Easy Piano Basics™
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Easy Piano Basics™

Learn piano playing essentials using the popular PianoWithWillie method...even if you've never played the piano before!
4.0 (51 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
530 students enrolled
Created by Willie Myette
Last updated 1/2014
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • 7 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Find and name all of the notes of the piano
  • Be able to hear and play legato and staccato notes
  • Know how to form chords at the piano that can be used for many types of songs
  • Learn techniques to improve your speed and accuracy at the piano
  • Learn your key signatures
  • Learn the circle of fifths and how to use it
  • Learn your major scale and 5-finger scales
  • Learn important fingering basics to not get "stuck" when playing the piano
Requirements
  • A piano or keyboard (small or large)
Description

In the Easy Piano Basics course, you will learn the basics of piano playing in the easiest way possible using the PianoWithWillie method which is based on over 25-years of professional experience. 

This course teaches all levels, even absolute beginners how to play the piano.

The easy-to-follow video lessons, along with the on-screen virtual keyboard and step-by-step written music make it easy for everyone to learn.

Some of what you'll learn:

  • How to speed up your fingers and gain more dexterity
  • How to hear differences like legato and staccato
  • Learn the circle of fifths and how to use it
  • Learn your Major scales and scale patterns
  • Learn important fingering tricks so you don't get "jammed up" at the piano

After learning these free piano lessons, you'll be able to impress yourself and your friends with your piano skills!

Of course, this takes work. To really learn how to play an instrument, it takes equal amounts of practice, patience and a good teacher. Don't worry though...I will walk you through each step.

We will begin with the basics of piano playing like understanding half steps, rhythm, piano fingering, chords and other essential piano skills that all pianists must learn to get to the next level in their playing.

This course will take students on average about 2-4 weeks to complete and assimilate the information. If it takes you less time, congratulations. If it takes you longer, don't fret, you'll learn at your own pace.

Printed materials are available for download to supplement the over 90-minutes of video lessons.

Who this course is for:
  • Students of ANY level will benefit from this course. You just need the desire to learn the piano!
Course content
Expand all 14 lectures 01:40:42
+ Piano Fundamentals
11 lectures 01:08:19

The piano has 88 notes. They are broken into black notes and white notes.

Preview 03:19

One of the most important notes that we need to find at the piano is the note ‘C’.

Preview 02:03

In this video, Willie explains how to use the sustain pedal to create a legato sound.

Preview 05:04

Sometimes we play notes short or long. This is articulation and we use legato and staccato to create this sound.

Legato & Staccato
07:20

We use our special musical alphabet to name the notes on the piano which goes from A to G.

Musical Alphabet
05:46

When we move from one note to the very next note, this is called a half step. Whole steps are two half steps.

Half Steps & Whole Steps
04:49

Sharps raise a note by a half step. Flats lower a note by a half step.

Sharps & Flats
05:41

We number our fingers so that we know which finger goes on which note.

Fingering Basics
07:16

Scales are a series of notes that we use to build melodies and improvisation.

Major 5-Finger Scale
09:44

Key Signatures tell you what key the song is played in.

Key Signatures
10:20

Circle of Fifths is a great tool for practicing

Circle of Fifths
06:57
+ Chords and Scales
3 lectures 32:23

Using scale degrees, we can build chords and create harmony.

Building Chords
10:06
Theory quiz
4 questions

Triads are 3-note chords.

Major Triads
12:10

Test your knowledge of triads with this quiz

Chord quiz
4 questions

Major Scale

Major Scale
10:07

Quiz your knowledge of the Major scale and scale patterns

Scale quiz
4 questions