Complete Piano Course for Beginners (by ear and by score)
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Complete Piano Course for Beginners (by ear and by score)

Learn piano and keyboards with teacher, pianist and composer Luciano Alves (over 30 years of experience)
4.6 (115 ratings)
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Created by Luciano Alves
Last updated 11/2019
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This course includes
  • 18.5 hours on-demand video
  • 19 articles
  • 150 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Play 56 songs (classical and popular tunes)!
  • Play with confidence and enjoy
  • Play by ear and by reading sheet music
  • Play without harmful vices of posture or wrong technique
  • No prior knowledge of music, piano or keyboard is required
  • From seven years old and up
  • It is recommended to have a 61 to 88 key piano or keyboard

This course was specially created for Beginners and for those who wish to resume their studies. Through enjoyable practical and theoretical lessons, Luciano reveals precious tips and tricks for students of all ages who wish to enter or to improve their knowledge in the wonderful world of piano. In short time, you will be able to play piano and keyboard with confidence and enjoyment.

Before buying your course:

  1. Read this text until the end

  2. Watch the seven Demonstration Lessons

  3. Read the Accurate Course Description (below)

  4. See the Course’s Curriculum that also works as an Accurate Description (click on "Expand All" to see the list of the 180 lectures available).

In this way you can make sure this is the perfect course for you!

If you already know the basics of piano and keyboard, go directly to practicing the songs (Section 3).

In this course you will participate in many Practice Activities and apply what you are learning, as you will have the opportunity to play 56 songs along with the teacher. For you to enjoy the course to the fullest, answer the 16 quizzes, do the 21 tests and take part in the 14 practice activities

Luciano Alves is the founder of and teacher in CTMLA Music School, based in Rio de Janeiro since 2003 and began to teach at the age of thirteen. All the experience acquired throughout his career is shared through videos, scores with note names, fingerings, digitalized screen theory classes and sheet music in PDF etc.

You’ll have 180 lessons / 56 songs (classical and popular tunes) / 16 quizzes / 14 practice activities / 21 tests (note reading, chord symbols, key identification, chords etc.)  / 150 sheet music and examples in PDF / 22 technique exercises / 19 theory classes / various accompaniment lessons (ballad, rock, jazz, blues etc.). 

The course is a Full Lifetime Access and you can practice the lessons whenever you want. You only pay once. After signing up, see the Accurate Course Description made available in PDF file, together with Lecture 1 (Introduction).

The didactics have been developed in a way that you learn how to play effectively and enjoyably. Lessons are introduced step by step: first you will learn about musical notes, finger numbers, correct posture and how to practice. Soon you will start playing, first with your right hand then with your left hand and finally with both hands together. 

Several theory, technique and sight reading lessons were added in parallel to the learning of the songs. Besides, many Tests, Quizzes and Practice Activities have been included.

The regions of the piano are gradually explored, always using songs as a base. Gradually, you will play all the keys including the black ones. At this point, more complex pieces and lessons on chords and chord symbols are introduced. Then, come the classes about hand crossing, arpeggios and split chords. So, you can master the piano and the musical language as a whole.

General content:

  • 56 songs from the classical, popular and folkloric repertoire 

  • Musical theory (from the book Musical Theory, by Luciano Alves) 

  • Technique exercises (from the book Exercises for Piano and Keyboards, by Luciano Alves) 

  • Playing by imitation and by reading sheet music 

  • Chord symbols, chords and inversions (from the book of Chords Dictionary, by Luciano Alves) 

  • Scales in various keys (from the book Scales for Improvisation, by Luciano Alves) 

  • How to play by ear 

  • Piano techniques 

  • Tests of note and chord symbol reading 

  • Accompaniments of ballad, rock, jazz and pop music 

Please be advised that we do not guarantee a response to all students' questions and messages. However, we will endeavor to answer the inquiries whenever possible.

At no time does this course violate Copyright Laws. All songs are in the Public Domain or were authored by Luciano Alves.

Who this course is for:
  • Everyone interested in piano or keyboard, beginners and students at the basic level
  • Musicians who play other instruments but wish to learn piano and keyboards
  • Musical producers and DJs who need to know the language of music through keyboards
  • Musicians who need to use the piano to compose and arrange
Course content
Expand all 180 lectures 18:51:13
+ Introduction
5 lectures 28:30

Includes a PDF file containing the Accurate Description and Valuable Information of the course.   

Preview 05:38

About Luciano Alves and Introduction containing the summary and goals of this course.   

Preview 03:45

Recommendations and guide lines to study piano and keyboard.

Preview 04:46

Lesson with graph of the evolution of keyboards since the 2nd century
B.C. to the current digital instruments.

The evolution of the keyboard (a brief history)

Know the various types of piano and keyboard available before you buy or change your instrument. See also the summary of this lesson in PDF.

Types of piano and keyboard

Make sure you’ve learned the video lessons on:
Recommendations for playing piano
The evolution of keyboards
Types of pianos and keyboards

Quiz 1 – Section 1
6 questions
+ Piano basics
5 lectures 21:31

Detailed description of the seven musical notes (the musical alphabet).

Preview 08:00

Lesson on the correct fingering for playing piano.


Instructions on the correct posture of the body and the hands.

Posture of the body and hands

Get to know the regions to play the bass, the harmony and the melody of the songs.

The regions of the keyboard

Tips to enjoy your course to the fullest and suggestions for evaluating with stars and writing a review.

Recommendations for studying and completing your course

Check your knowledge about:
Musical notes
Piano keys
Finger numbers
Keyboard regions

Quiz 2 – Section 2
6 questions
+ Right hand
14 lectures 01:02:46

Introduction to the lesson for using the right hand on the piano.

Opening video of section 3

Positioning your right hand to play your first songs and do the exercises from C4 to G4.

Right hand from C4 (Middle C) to G4

Your first tune on the piano using your right hand only.

Repertoire – Five notes on the piano

Second easy tune for you to study using your right hand only. 

Repertoire – The smiling little dolphin

Well-known tune for you to study.

Repertoire – Mary had a little lamb

First lesson on musical theory: how the notes from C4 to G4 are written on the staff.

Theory – Notes from C4 to G4

Beethoven's very well-known piece in an easy version.

Repertoire – Ode to joy (Beethoven), version 1

Tune to play at Christmas.

Repertoire – Jingle bells, 2nd part of the song

Introduction to the technique exercises of your piano course.

Introduction to the first Technique Exercise

First exercise. Acquire independence of the fingers on your right hand.

Technique exercise – Right hand, C4 to G4

Second exercise. Acquire independence of the fingers on your right hand (repeated notes).

Technique exercise – Right hand, C4 to G4, repeated notes

Test and practice your note reading (G clef).

Test – Reading notes (G clef, C4 to G4)

Test if you can correctly identify the keys from C4 to G4.

Test – Name of the keys (C4 to G4)

Check out what you have learned about:
Musical staff
Notes on the staff
G clef

Quiz 3 – Section 3
5 questions

Practice playing songs without making any mistakes. Practice both technique exercises.

Practice activity – Section 3
+ Left hand
12 lectures 01:04:12

Introduction to the lesson for using the left hand on the piano.

Opening video of section 4

Positioning of the left hand to play the pieces and do the exercises.

Left hand from F3 to C4

Tune to practice the left hand.

Repertoire – Repeated notes

One more tune for the left hand.

Repertoire – Down and up

Learn to read and write notes from F3 to C4 on the staff.

Theory – Notes from F3 to C4

First exercise for the independence of the left hand fingers.

Technique exercise – Left hand, C4 to F3

Second exercise for the independence of the left hand fingers.

Technique exercise – Left hand, C4 to F3, repeated notes

Theory lesson on rhythmic figures: whole, half, quarter and eighth note.

Theory – Rhythmic figures up to eighth note

Theory lesson on measure and time signatures.

Theory – Measure and Time Signatures

Test and practice reading notes in the F clef.

Test – Reading notes (LH, C4 to F3)

Test your knowledge on the piano keys.

Test – Name of the keys (F3 to C4)

Confirm what you have learned about:
F clef
Notes in the F clef
Rhythmic figures up to eighth note
Time signature

Quiz 4 – Section 4
8 questions

Practice playing whole songs without any mistakes. Get more agility with the left hand.

Practice activity – Section 4
+ Two hands separate and together
14 lectures 01:21:43

Presentation of section 5, two hands on the piano.

Opening video of section 5

Classical piece using both hands. 

Repertoire – Surprise Symphony Theme (F. J. Haydn), version 1

Tune to practice both hands separetlly.

Repertoire – The bell

Piece in waltz rhythm for your repertoire.

Repertoire – Little waltz

Famous piece by Mozart (Eine Kleine).

Repertoire – A little serenade, No. 13, K. 525, W. A. Mozart, version 1

Learn to identify measures of 2, 3 and 4 beats.

Theory – 2/4, 3/4 and 4/4 Time Signatures

Technique exercise for both hands.

Exercise – Both hands

Traditional German song for your repertoire.

Repertoire – I already know the solfège

Fugue-style music for the independence of the right and left hands.

Repertoire – Question and answer

Famous and fun piece for your repertoire.

Repertoire – Wedding March by R. Wagner

Two extremely important issues of musical theory.

Theory – Augmentation dot and Tie

Practice the Augmentation Dot you have just learned.

Exercise – Dotted note

Identify the finger numbers correctly.

Test – Finger numbers

Confirm your knowledge about:
Time signatures
Equivalence of rhythmic figures
Augmentation dot

Quiz 5 – Section 5
6 questions

Practice playing whole songs without any mistakes and make sure you understood the lesson about Time Signatures.

Practice activity – Section 5
+ Two hands in two octaves
19 lectures 02:10:12

Presentation of the section Two Hands in Two Octaves.

Opening of section 6

Learn to play in more regions of the keyboard.

Right hand and left hand from C to C (two octaves)

See how the notes from C3 to C5 are written on the staff.

Theory – Notes from C3 to C5

Beethoven's piece for your repertoire. Now, with both hands.

Repertoire – Ode to joy by Beethoven, version 2

Famous traditional American song for your repertoire.

Repertoire – Twinkle, twinkle, little star

Famous traditional French song for your repertoire.

Repertoire – Brother John (Frère Jacques)

Rock in the 1980’s style. 

Repertoire – 1980’s Rock

Theory lesson on pauses up to the eighth.

Theory – Rests up to eighth

Fun song for your repertoire. Traditional American song.

Repertoire – Oh! Susanna, version 1

Famous Italian song with easy piano arrangement.

Repertoire – Come to the sea (Vieni sul mar)

Exercise for independence of the fingers with both hands.

Exercise – Both hands together

Practice the C major scale while doing a technique exercise at the same time. Very important exercise.

Exercise – C major scale

Learn how to pass the thumb under the hand in order to play scales and melodies correctly and comfortably.

Exercise – Passing thumb under the hand

Theoretical lesson on all rhythmic figures.

Theory – All rhythmic figures

Learn to read all notes on the staff including the ones with ledger lines and octave lines.

Theory – Ledger line and Octave line

Test and practice reading notes in the G clef. 

Test – Reading notes (G clef, C4 to C5)

Test and practice reading notes in the F clef.

Test – Reading notes (F clef, C3 to C4)

Test your knowledge on the keys C3 to C5.

Test – Name of the keys (C3 to C5)

Answer the questions about:
Notes on the staff
Rests up to eighth
Equivalence of the figures
Ledger lines
Octave lines

Quiz 6 – Section 6
9 questions

Practice playing for your friends and relatives. Study the theory lesson All Rhythmic Figures many times.

Practice activity – Section 6
+ The black keys
15 lectures 01:33:07

Presentation of the section about the black keys

Opening of section 7

Identify the black keys (sharps and flats) across the entire keyboard range.

Sharps and flats on the keyboard

Sharp, flat and natural notes on the staff.

Theory – Alterations or accidentals

Apply what you’ve learned about accidentals, in the traditional French song Au Clair de la Lune.

Repertoire – By the light of the moon (Au Clair de la lune), G major

Beethoven's famous piece in C minor for your repertoire.

Repertoire – Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, C minor

One more easy song for your repertoire. Traditional English song.

Repertoire – London bridge

Important music theory lesson. This is the basis for the formation of scales and chords.

Theory – Whole step and half step

Easy version of the minuet in G by Petzold.

Repertoire – Minuet in G, BWV 114, C. Petzold, easy version

Martial music for your repertoire

Repertoire – Pomp and circumstance, March No. 1, E. Elgar

Learn and practice one more scale: G major.

Exercise – G major scale

Exercise to play using black keys.

Exercise – Play using the black keys

Theory lesson on Anacrusis (pick-up measure) which appears at the beginning of several songs.

Theory – Anacrusis (pick-up measure)

Theory lesson detailing the repetition marks that appear in scores.

Theory – Repetition marks

Test your ability to quickly recognize the names of the white and black keys (C3 to C5).

Test – Identify the white and black keys (C3 to C5)

Confirm your knowledge about:
Alterations or accidentals
Key signature
Half step and whole step
Repetition marks

Quiz 7 – Section 7
10 questions

Keep control over your posture and relaxation. Practice Bach's "Minuet in G" a lot.

Practice activity – Section 7
+ All notes in various regions
14 lectures 01:49:57

Identify and play all keys to expand your repertoire.

All notes on the keyboard

Notes on the staff.

Theory – All notes on the staff

Easy version of Brahms' Lullaby (Berceuse) for your repertoire.

Repertoire – Brahms’ Lullaby, easy version

Learn how to play blues in F major to expand your repertoire.

Repertoire – Blues in F major

Medieval traditional English song for your repertoire.

Repertoire – Greensleeves

Second version of Mozart's Little Serenade.

Preview 09:34

Enjoy playing a Burgmüller’s piece.

Repertoire – Arabesque by Burgmüller

Very important theory lesson about the triplet (a kind of tuplet) which is the rhythmic basis of blues and jazz.

Theory – Tuplets

Learn the rhythm of jazz and expand your repertoire.

Repertoire – Jazz in D major

Bach’s piece for your repertoire.

Repertoire – Jesu, joy of man’s desiring, J. S. Bach

Technique exercise for playing with both hands in various regions of the keyboard.

Exercise – Playing with both hands

Technique exercise for independence of the fingers with triplets.

Exercise – Triplets

Test if you can quickly identify all the keys of the piano.

Test – Identify all keys on the keyboard

Take the quiz about:
All notes on the staff
Subdivision of blues and jazz

Quiz 8 – Section 8
6 questions

Make sure your finger technique is correct.

Practice activity – Section 8
+ Crossing hands
7 lectures 48:36

Hand-crossing lesson with examples based on various songs.

Crossing hands

Piece with hand-crossing for your repertoire.

Repertoire – The clock

Brazilian folk music with crossing hands. Modal arrangement.

Repertoire – Slaves of Job

Practice the crossing of the hands.

Exercise – Crossing hands

Test and practice reading notes in the G clef.

Test – Reading notes (G clef, C4 to C6)

Test and practice reading notes in the F clef.

Test – Reading notes (F clef, C2 to C4)

Answer the questions on hand-crossing to check if you have really understood the lesson.

Quiz 9 – Section 9
3 questions

Expand your horizons by listening and observing great pianists on YouTube. Watch out for their technique and hand crossing on these videos.

Practice activity – Section 9
+ Chords and Chord symbols (triads)
17 lectures 02:28:00

Presentation of the section on Chords and Chord Symbols.

Opening of section 10

Get to know the intervals that are the basis of the formation of chords.

Theory – Intervals and chords

Demonstration of several important chords (triads) on the keyboard.

Chords on the keyboard

Piece by Tchaikovsky with chords for your repertoire.

Repertoire – Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky, part 1 (excerpt)

Second version of “Oh! Susana”. Now, with chords.

Repertoire – Oh! Susanna, version 2

Traditional English song with chords.

Repertoire – Scarborough fair

Learn the chords and modes formed in the C major scale.

Introduction to chords, chord progressions and modes of the C major key

Important exercise with notes and chords of the C major scale.

Exercise – Notes and triads of the C major scale

Lesson about the correct interpretation of the chord symbols.

Theory – Chord symbols

Ballad with chords for your repertoire.

Repertoire – Ballad

1990’s rock style with chords.

Repertoire – 1990’s Rock

One more jazz example for you to practice the subdivisions of three figures per beat and also several chords.

Repertoire – Slow jazz

Important exercise for practicing jumps from basses to chords in the D major key.

Exercise – Bass note to chord jumps

Test your knowledge about reading and interpreting chord symbols. Print the PDF file to make it easier.

Test – Reading chord symbols

Test if you know how to correctly identify the chords on the keyboard (Part 1).

Test – Chords on the keyboard, Part 1

Test if you know how to correctly identify the chords on the keyboard (Part 2).

Test – Chords on the keyboard, Part 2

Answer this quiz on the following topics: Intervals / Intervals of
chords (triads) / Chord symbols.

Quiz 10 – Section 10
14 questions

Practice the songs of this section. Film your interpretation and post it on your YouTube channel. Watch the suggested pianists playing popular music.

Practice activity – Section 10