Easy Piano Basics™ - Learn Piano, No Prior Experience Needed
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Easy Piano Basics™ - Learn Piano, No Prior Experience Needed

Learn piano playing essentials using the popular PianoWithWillie method...even if you've never played the piano before!
4.8 (9 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
379 students enrolled
Created by Willie Myette
Last updated 1/2014
English
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Includes:
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I 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
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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.

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 is the target audience?
  • Students of ANY level will benefit from this course. You just need the desire to learn the piano!
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Curriculum For This Course
14 Lectures
01:40:42
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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
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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
About the Instructor
Willie Myette
4.8 Average rating
189 Reviews
1,830 Students
23 Courses
Professional pianist, creator of the PianoWithWillie method

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.