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.
Some of what you'll learn:
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.
The piano has 88 notes. They are broken into black notes and white notes.
One of the most important notes that we need to find at the piano is the note ‘C’.
In this video, Willie explains how to use the sustain pedal to create a legato sound.
Sometimes we play notes short or long. This is articulation and we use legato and staccato to create this sound.
We use our special musical alphabet to name the notes on the piano which goes from A to G.
When we move from one note to the very next note, this is called a half step. Whole steps are two half steps.
Sharps raise a note by a half step. Flats lower a note by a half step.
We number our fingers so that we know which finger goes on which note.
Scales are a series of notes that we use to build melodies and improvisation.
Key Signatures tell you what key the song is played in.
Circle of Fifths is a great tool for practicing
Using scale degrees, we can build chords and create harmony.
Triads are 3-note chords.
Test your knowledge of triads with this quiz
Quiz your knowledge of the Major scale and scale patterns
Willie has toured both the U.S. and Europe as clinician and performer. He is a graduate of the well renowned Berklee College of Music. He has studied in New York with Fred Hersch and in Boston with Ray Santisi. Willie has produced three recordings as bandleader and his music has been featured radio stations nationwide.
Willie is also the founder of PianoWithWillie, an online teaching website that makes it easy to learn Jazz, Blues, Gospel Piano and more online.
The PianoWithWillie method has taught students from all around the globe. By combining foundational and fun'dational elements, Willie's students are able to learn how to become a self-expressive pianist very quickly.
"I learned as a kid that the best part of learning the piano is playing the piano." says Willie. Using the PianoWithWillie method and Willie's step-by-step lessons, it is possible and easier than you think to become a pianist.