Piano Keyboard Lessons: Read Music, Theory & Composition
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Piano Keyboard Lessons: Read Music, Theory & Composition

Piano Keyboard Lessons: Music Theory, Composition & Production, Read Music & Piano Chords, Orchestration, Jazz Piano
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What you'll learn
  • Proper hand and sitting posture
  • Notes and rhythm

  • Placing fingers

  • Basic Playing Techniques
  • Playing by ear
  • Playing chords
  • Playing with Both Hands
  • Reading Sheet Music
  • Determining tempo and rhythm
  • Piano Scales
  • How to form a major scale, a minor scale & Other forms of scales
  • Reading Chords Progressions
  • Learning different keys
  • Playing Blues Piano
  • Keyboard skills (Piano fingering, Using pedals)
Requirements
  • No Prior Knowledge Or Work Is Necessary To Take This Course.
  • Pen And Paper For Precious Notes
Description

Piano is a popular and unique instrument you can start learning today! It was invented in Italy, but is mainstreamed used all around the world. Not only is it a beautiful, classical instrument, but it can be used in all music genre. Maybe you had encounter where you could play something beautiful on a piano, but didn’t have the chance to do so because you don’t know how to play piano.

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In This Piano Training, You'll Learn:

  • Proper hand and sitting posture
  • Notes and rhythm
  • Placing fingers
  • Basic Playing Techniques
  • Playing by ear
  • Playing chords
  • Playing with Both Hands
  • Reading Sheet Music
  • Determining tempo and rhythm
  • Piano Scales
  • How to form a major scale, a minor scale & Other forms of scales
  • Reading Chords Progressions
  • Learning different keys
  • Playing Blues Piano
  • Keyboard skills (Piano fingering, Using pedals)

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1. You will play the piano.

2. You will read music sheets.

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  • Anyone Looking To Play The Piano, Read Music And Have Fun
  • This Is Not For People Looking For A Quick Or Lazy Way Of Playing The Piano
Course content
Expand all 35 lectures 04:33:14
+ Getting Ready To Play
5 lectures 26:16

Sitting before your piano is a great experience and exciting, especially at the initial stages of learning. You can easily just sit, reach out on those beautiful keys and begin to play some nice music. But before you begin to play the piano, you must train yourself to sit in a proper posture. You must also maintain this posture throughout the playing session. This is important because;

Proper Hand And Sitting Posture
05:26

You will now learn about notes and rhythm. In order for what you are playing to be intelligible and musical, you must play notes and in a rhythmical way. Music is literally defined as an organized sound. Any unorganized sound is referred to as noise. I know you don’t want to be making noise at the piano, so to avoid that, you must learn about musical notes and rhythm.

Preview 08:00

You have now learnt about notes and rhythm and proper sitting in front of your piano already. It is now time to literally hit those keys and play some music! In this lesson, you will learn about placing fingers. Finger placing really? Yes. Because what you will be playing with is your fingers. First, to avoid injury to your wrist, you must place your fingers correctly. Not only that, but also that you may strike each key easily and correctly. If you do not learn to do it rightfully at these early learning stages, you will have problems playing more complex notes later on as you advance. So it is only prudent enough to stitch in time and save nine.

Placing Fingers
08:31

You have successfully gone through the first section of this course. Here are some exercises to help you practice what you have learnt.

Exercise 1. Proper hand and sitting posture

Practice to sit before your piano. Use the checklist to ensure you have correctly done everything. Try to memorize the requirements and do everything without referring to the checklist.

Exercise
03:14
+ Basic Playing Techniques
4 lectures 28:24

In the previous lesson, we learnt about placing fingers on the keyboard. Now we shall advance to more technical playing. In this lesson, you will learn about playing by ear. While reading music is a great thing, playing by ear is by far much more fulfilling. 

Preview 08:08

You have now learnt about playing by ear. We mentioned about chords and chords progression. The world of chords is a vast field in piano playing. Actually you are able to produce music because you are playing chords. In this lesson, we shall try and go deeper into this world of chords. You will learn how to play chords, play their inversions, create a root chord, etc. After you learn about chords you will now be in a position to take on more advanced piano playing. Later on in the course, you will learn about chord progressions in a more detailed way.

Playing Chords
11:27

You have now successfully learnt about playing chords. In this lesson, you will learn about playing with both hands. This basically means engaging the both of your hands in order to play a wider range of notes. You will find that you will mostly play with your right hands for higher notes and your left hand for more lower notes. Some people find it difficult to coordinate the two and play together. Yes it may appear hard at first, but you should always remember that with practice, nothing shall be too hard for you. You will finally get the hang of things and become an expert.

Preview 05:25

Congratulations for coming this far. Now you will do some exercises to help you remember the what you have learnt in this section.

Exercise 1: Playing by Ear

  • Identify a piece of music that you would like to play by ear. Begin by choosing a simple one
  • Listen to the music round and round. Listen to the notes there in, can you identify the rhythm? Is it playing in your head already even without listening to it now? Can you yourself sing it? Remember internalizing is the focus here.
  • Try to play the notes you heard in the song. A note after the other and slowly by slowly. You may begin by playing only a part of the song, such as the chorus.
  • Try to play the notes smoothly now after identifying each and every one of them
  • You may have a lot of trial and error, but keep on.
  • Identify another piece of music and repeat this process
Exercise
03:24
+ Reading Sheet Music
4 lectures 21:38

In this lesson, you will learn about the music staff. It is a diagram or chart on which musical notation is presented. Musical notation includes the notes, symbols and all other necessary parts of the music you will be playing. Whenever you say you are reading music, it is from the staff that you read it from.

The Staff
06:25

In the previous lesson, we learnt about the staff and how to identify different notes. In this lesson, we shall go deeper into learning about the notes on the staff and how to interpret them.

To begin, you will find that some notes are not just small ovals but have some additional features. For you to know the difference, first always remember this; that notes can have three parts. A note will have a head, may have a stem and may also have a flag. Every note must have a head. You may come across a filled or completely black note head and also a white note head.

Reading Space Notes
05:58

There are song that you will play slowly. Others will be played in a faster progression. Some will have both fast and slower. Tempo therefore refers to the speed of a beat in music or the number of beat per measure. For you to tell the number of beats per measure, you will have to refer to the time signature. Can you recall the time signature?

Determining Tempo And Rhythm
05:28

Reading sheet music is such a great step ahead. You are slowly edging towards the experts club. These exercises will act as a reminder of what you have learnt and also challenge you to push on ahead.

Exercise 1: The Staff

  • Draw a sketch staff. Identify the various parts that make up a staff.
  • Draw notes in the staff. Place them on the horizontal lines as well as in between the lines
  • Label each of the notes that you have drawn on the staff.
  • Draw a sketch grand staff
  • Indicate the G clef as well as the F clef.
  • Draw notes on each clef as they are supposed to be
  • Identify ledger lines on the staff.
  • Can you locate middle C on the grand staff?
  • Play the notes as they appear on the grand staff that you have just sketched
Exercise
03:47
+ Piano Scales
6 lectures 32:01

In this lesson, I will introduce you to piano scales. Every time you play the piano, you should put into consideration the scales. To define scales, it refers to a collection of notes which are connected musically. They could be the notes of a certain key, say the key of G. It is scales that actually form the building blocks of chords. They are however different from chords in that they aren’t played simultaneously which is the case in playing chords. Learning about scale is a great way of bringing the playing skills you already possess to a whole new level. This is because scales encourage creativity and could help you compose your own music. Playing scales is also a great way of teaching yourself how to play chords.

Piano Scales
03:30

Whenever you want to form major scales, just remember that they are made up of a group of eight notes. It consists of half steps and whole steps. To make one, you simply identify the root note. Just as in chord formation, the root note gives the scale its name. After identifying the root note, all the other notes will fall into place using the following formula;

How To Form A Major Scale
02:47

Now you will learn how to form minor scales. These are relative to major scales. They are formed upon the 6###sup/sup### note of every major scale. For example, the sixth note of an A major scale is an F#. It therefore means the relative minor scale of A is F# minor. These have the same notes, only that the arrangement of the notes is different. That is actually the difference between the major and minor scales; the arrangement of notes. As we had said earlier, minor scales are of three types, that is natural, harmonic and melodic. Let us look at each of them separately.

How To Form A Minor Scale
03:46

Other than minor and major scales, there are also other forms of scales. They are such as;

  • Chromatic Scales

Chromatic scales are a bit straightforward. You are only needed to move in half steps. You will play a lot of accidentals in this form of scales. While ascending, you will play the sharps and while descending, you will play flats. Included also will be enharmonic notes. These are simply notes that sound the same but are named differently. For instance a G sharp and an A minor.

Other Forms Of Scales
04:24

In this lesson, you will learn extra useful things concerning scales and playing on the piano generally. They are little lessons that will help you in your practicing of scales, chords and improve your general playing expertise.

Tips To Help You Practice on Piano Scales

Now that you have known about the scales, you will need to practice effectively in order for you to polish your skills. The following are tips to help you in your practice.

  • Get comfortable with the black keys first
Practicing On Scales
14:03

Piano Scales

  • Using the W - W - H - W - W - W - H formula, build all the twelve major scales. Identify the whole steps, half steps and the notes contained in each scale.
  • After getting the notes of the scale, try to formulate chords. Do you remember on how to form chords? Use that knowledge here and create chords from the scales.
  • Using the formula W - H - W - W - H - W - W, build all the twelve minor scales.
  • Identify the relative scales from the results you have obtained above. What relationship do you see between them?
  • Identify the relative scales of all the major scales
Exercise
03:31
+ Chord Progressions
3 lectures 14:22

In our previous lesson we learnt extensively about reading playing musical scales and even delved into a few types of chords. In this lesson, you will learn about chord progressions. In a previous lesson, we had talked about chords. As a reminder, we said that chords are a combination of several notes played together. Chords are easy to learn and also provide a wider variation of sounds produced compared to just playing notes alone.

Reading Chords Progressions
06:07

In the previous lesson, we learnt about chord progressions. In this lesson, you will learn about the different keys that you can play on a piano. We said that each base note forms the basis for a chord progression and that is what we call a key. For instance, the key of G means the chord progression is based on the G major chord. There are 12 different keys that are all essential for you to learn.

Learning Different Keys
05:41

You are now almost an expert. However, even experts need exercise. Nothing comes out of nothing, right? We really have to put effort so as to realize results. These exercises will help you in remembering the much you have covered in this section.

Exercise
02:34
+ Playing Blues Piano
3 lectures 09:05

You will be playing the blues piano. Everybody loves it. From the previous lessons, you are now set to learn the most exciting stuff. The blues piano is as easy as ABC, because you have already learnt the fundamentals.

Common Blue Piano Progressions
05:37

In the previous lesson, we learnt about the blues piano progressions. Now we will learn about adding bass as you play. Bass as we have already seen bass is what you play with your left hand. It adds a harmonic support to the music you are already playing and provides a deep and rich flavor spicing up your music further.

Preview 02:14

These exercises will help you remember what you have studied in this section.

Exercise 1: Common Blues Piano Progressions

  • Can you remember the twelve bar blues, try and play the notes contained on your keyboard
  • Identify the blue piano progressions based on their root chord
  • Try and numerically list the notes you will be playing. Form progressions from this list.
  • Play the chords now keeping the sequence
  • Play the Cm7, F7 and G7 chords. Note the difference in flavor that they add to your playing
  • Formulate a riff. Play it on your left hand. Try it also on the right hand. Do you note any difference? Which seems easier for you? Which one sounds better?
Exercise
01:14
+ Keyboard Skills
3 lectures 05:21

Having come this far, you are not in the realm of beginners anymore but far much ahead. I will now show you some skills that will help you to polish the playing skills you have acquired so far. We shall begin with piano fingering. In a previous lesson, we learnt about placing fingers. That was necessary then for helping you acquire the right posture and avoid injury. Piano fingering would never be possible for you had you not acquired the skill of finger placing first.

Piano Fingering
01:42

The next skill that you will learn about is the use of pedals while playing the piano. A pedal is operated using your feet. Once you get used to it, it becomes irresistible to stop using. The piano has two pedals that appear as simple levers. The left pedal is also called the soft pedal while the right pedal is also referred to as the sustain or damper pedal.

Using Pedals
02:35

Exercise 1: Piano Fingering

  • Using both of your hands, place all fingers in their rightful places on the keyboard. Ensure your thumb falls on middle C.
  • Move your fingers another key, say D#. Place your fingers as they should. Ensure to let your shorter fingers play the white keys while the longer fingers play the black keys
  • Practice your fingers on various bass notes
Exercise
01:04
+ Bonus: Audio Section
7 lectures 02:16:07
Section 1 Audio
25:17
Section 2 Audio
28:25
Section 3 Audio
21:39
Section 4 Audio
32:01
Section 5 Audio
14:19
Section 6 Audio
09:05
Section 7 Audio
05:21
Quiz Section 1
1 question