Piano Lessons For Beginners: Learn Piano Quickly And Easily

Learn How To Play Piano And Keyboard The Fun, Fast and Easy Way. A New Approach To Learning Piano.
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  • Lectures 56
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2016 English

Course Description

Yes You Can! You Can Learn Piano or Keyboard!

Imagine being able to sit at the piano and play beautiful, entertaining music. The joy and reward that playing the piano brings is unmatched.

You can certainly learn to play the piano or keyboard, thanks to the many, perfectly explained lessons in this course. Everything is broken down to its very basics so that you can totally and perfectly grasp each concept presented.

In this beginner's piano course, you will learn how to play the piano in a way that is fun, fast and easy. Traditionally, piano lessons have been very boring. Most learners and even music teachers will tell you that it's because of the absolute focus on the most uninspiring aspects of music theory. In this course, the lecturer takes a different approach to get you playing quickly. You learn the fundamentals of reading sheet music only towards the end.

This piano lessons course will teach you how to play the piano in a well-presented step by step manner. It starts with very basic, easy lessons and continues to build upon this, lecture after lecture. By the end of this course, you will have all the knowledge you need to totally understand piano and keyboard playing. By doing the various exercises, watching videos and putting in the time, you will be able to play songs, from very simple, to popular hit songs that you hear on the radio.

Here's a preview of what you will learn in this course.

  • The piano keyboard. The names of the keys. White and black keys. Pattern of black keys. Repetition. Finger numbers.
  • Enharmonics. What are sharps and flats? Location of C and F will help you find the other keys.
  • Major scales: C, D, E, F, G and A major. Correct fingering for right and left hand. Major scale formula for every key.
  • How to form basic major and minor chords. Chord formulas.
  • The keys of C, D, E, F, G and A major. Basic chords in these keys. I IV V vi Chords.
  • Major and minor chords in all keys. Chord diagrams.
  • How to play chords in root position, 1st and 2nd inversions. Voice Leading.
  • Play chords and melodies to simple songs and more advanced pop songs.
  • How to play common chord progressions for popular songs. Voice leading, fingering and chord inversions.
  • More advanced chords. How to play dominant 7th, major 7th, minor 7th, diminished and augmented chords.
  • How to read notes on the bass and treble clef. Quarter, half and whole notes. Timing.
  • And much, much more.

If you want to learn how to play piano and keyboard, you absolutely need this course.

Take this course right now!

What are the requirements?

  • No prior musical knowledge is required.
  • You should have a piano, digital piano or keyboard, or have access to one.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Identify all the notes of the piano keyboard and be able to form/play melodies, scales and chords with them.
  • Play the right and left hand parts of songs simultaneously.
  • Play the most important scales and chords (basic and more advanced chords), and most common chord progressions in music.
  • Play songs on piano and keyboard, from very simple, to popular hit songs that you hear on the radio.
  • Read notes on the music staff.

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for beginners. It's perfect for someone who is just starting out on piano (or keyboard).
  • If you've taken beginner lessons before and want to refresh your memory and take things further, this course is for you as well.
  • This course is not for advanced players. If you already know how to form triads and extended chords, this course is not for you.
  • This course is suitable for the beginner who is looking for the perfect alternative to traditional piano lessons.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction and Layout of Notes on the Piano Keyboard
04:15

This is the introduction to your Piano Lessons For Beginners course. It tells you why this course is different. Learn what sets this course apart from traditional piano lessons. This lecture also lists the main topics covered in the course and introduces lecturer. By the end of this lecture you will have have a fair understanding of what to expect in subsequent lectures. You will have a foundation to build upon so that we can begin the first piano lesson.

04:11

By the end of this lecture, you will know the names of all the white keys on the piano. You will know how to label C and F on your piano keyboard and this will enable you to label all the keys. You will be able to label any piano keyboard no matter how many keys it has because you will understand how piano keys get their names. You will learn all about the musical alphabet. You will understand the pattern of keys. You will learn about the repetition of keys and notes on your keyboard.

03:08

In this lecture, you learn how to label every black key on your piano or keyboard. You will understand what are sharps and flats. You will understand what is meant by the term, "half step". You will understand why black keys have two note names known as enharmonic equivalents. You will know the names of all the keys on your instrument.

01:05

This lecture is all about common keyboards and the number of keys they have as well as the key they start or end with. Understand that all keyboards are not the same with respect to the keys they start with or the number of keys they have.

5 questions

In this quiz, I will test your knowledge and understanding of the layout of piano keys.

I'd like to see whether you know the note names that correspond to the various keys of your piano keyboard. Let's see whether you can name the white and black keys.

Section 2: Simple Major Scales - C, F and G Major
02:48

Brief introduction to three of the easiest scales to play on piano, the C, F and G major scales. Learn the formula for forming any major scale on piano. Learn how to play half steps and whole steps. Learn how to play a flat or sharp note on your instrument. Learn how to combine whole steps and half steps to form any major scale. This lecture sets the foundation you need for forming all the major scales we will take a look at subsequently.

04:45

Learn how to form the C major scale, arguably the easiest scale to play on piano. Learn the notes of the scale. Each finger has a number; learn how your fingers are numbered. Learn what fingers go where on your piano. In other words, learn what fingers play what keys. Practice playing this scale on your piano/keyboard. By the end of this lecture, you will have the knowledge you require to play the important C major scale with the right and left hand, ascending and descending on your keyboard. You will know exactly what to do to accomplish this.

02:32

This lecture is a continuation of what you learned in the previous one on the correct fingering for the C major scale. In this lecture, I play the C major scale ascending and descending for both the left and right hands. This will help you play the scale for one octave (8 notes), as well as two octaves. Follow my example and practice the C major scale.

03:52

In this lecture, you learn first of all how to form the F major scale using the major scale formula. Then, you learn how to play the scale with your left and right hand, ascending and descending. Learn exactly what fingers to use for each key.

01:36

This lecture takes a closer look at the F major scale and its fingering. It's a continuation of the previous lesson. Learn how to play the F major scale with both the right and left hand, for one octave and two octaves. Follow my example and practice this scale.

03:55

Learn how to form another most used/popular scale in music, the G major scale, using the major scale formula. By the end of the lecture, you will have the knowledge needed to play this scale with the left and right hand, going up and going down on your keyboard. Watch me play this scale on keyboard and follow my example.

01:49

This lecture takes a closer look at the G major scale and its fingering. It's a continuation of the previous lesson. Learn how to play the G major scale with both the right and left hand, for one octave and two octaves. Follow my example and practice this scale.

3 questions

In this quiz, I will test you on the C, F and G major scales.

Section 3: How to Play Major and Minor Chords
01:19

This lecture introduces you to the importance of chords in music, particularly, major and minor chords. It's a quick introduction to the other lectures in this section on playing major and minor chords.

04:48

By the end of this lecture you will learn how to form the most important and most used type of chord in music, the major chord. Learn how to form major chords based on the major scale. Learn how to form major chords by skipping piano keys. You will be able to use this formula to form major chords in all 12 keys on piano. Learn how to form the C, F, G, A, D, E, B flat, and B major chord in particular. Follow my example and practice these chords.

05:19

Now that you understand how to form and play major chords, the next step is to learn minor chords. You will be able to form any minor chord on your keyboard. However, to keep things simple and moving smoothly, the focus is on the A minor, B minor, C sharp minor, D minor, E minor and F sharp minor chords. Learn how to shift one note/key and change a major chord into a minor chord. Learn how to form minor chords by skipping piano keys. Practice playing a total of 14 basic chords (major and minor) on your piano. This sets the perfect foundation you need.

4 questions

This quiz will test your understanding of major and minor chords.

Section 4: The Keys of C, F and G Major and their Basic Chords
02:55

Learn what is meant by a song being in a certain key? Understand that every song is in a particular key, for example, the key of C major, the key of F major or the key of G major. Learn exactly what this means. Learn the relation between keys and major scales. This audio lecture sets the foundation for learning the chords of various keys in subsequent lessons.

01:28

Learn all about four important chords in a major key. Three are primary chords (I IV V chords) and one is a six (vi) chord. Learn about the use of Roman numerals in naming these chords. Learn how to come up with these I IV V vi chords in a major key, using the major scale.

02:45

By the end of this lecture, you will know what the I IV V vi chords are in the key of C major. You will understand how these chords are based on the C major scale. Practice playing these four chords in the key of C.

02:25

Similar to the key of C major, you can form I IV V vi chords in the key of F major as well. Learn how to come up with these chords based on the F major scale. Practice playing these four very important chords (three primary chords and one vi chord).

01:05

What are the I IV V vi chords in the key of G major? This lecture builds upon the previous lectures in this section and shows you the primary chords and vi chord in the key of G major. Practice these I IV V vi chords in the key of G.

Section 5: Learn More Major Scales
01:27

An introduction to the D, E and A major scales. A quick recap of the formula for forming major scales.

03:40

Learn how to form the D major scale. Learn the notes of the scale. Learn what fingers go where on your piano. In other words, learn what fingers play what keys. Practice playing this scale on your piano/keyboard. By the end of this lecture, you will have the knowledge you require to play the D major scale with the right and left hand, ascending and descending on your keyboard. You will know exactly what to do to accomplish this.

02:53

This lecture is a continuation of what you learned in the previous one on the correct fingering for the D major scale. In this lecture, I play the D major scale ascending and descending for both the left and right hands. This will help you play the scale for one octave (8 notes), as well as two octaves. Follow my example and practice the D major scale.

03:50

In this lecture, you learn first of all how to form the E major scale using the major scale formula. Then, you learn how to play the scale with your left and right hand, ascending and descending. Learn exactly what fingers to use for each key.

01:34

This lecture is a continuation of what you learned in the previous one on the correct fingering for the E major scale. In this lecture, I play the E major scale ascending and descending for both the left and right hands. This will help you play the scale for one octave (8 notes), as well as two octaves. Follow my example and practice the E major scale.

03:13

Learn how to form another great scale in music, the A major scale, using the major scale formula. By the end of the lecture, you will have the knowledge needed to play this scale with the left and right hand, going up and going down on your keyboard. Watch me play this scale on keyboard and follow my example.

03:11

This lecture takes a closer look at the A major scale and its fingering. It's a continuation of the previous lesson. Learn how to play the A major scale with both the right and left hand, for one octave and two octaves. Follow my example and practice this scale.

Article

A list of major scales in all keys. Learn the names of notes in each major scale.

3 questions

In this quiz, I will test you on the D, E and A major scales.

Section 6: Basic Chords in the Keys of D, E and A Major and Voice Leading
Article

The fourteen chords (major and minor) we've looked at so far. Chords diagram. A recap of I IV V vi chords in the keys of C, F and G major. Introduction to subsequent lectures on I IV V vi chords in the keys of D, E and A major.

02:01

By the end of this lecture, you will know what the I IV V vi chords are in the key of D major. You will understand how these chords are based on the D major scale. Practice playing these four chords in the key of D in a I vi IV V chord progression.

01:39

Similar to the major keys we've looked at before, you can form I IV V vi chords in the keys of E and A major as well. Learn how to come up with these chords based on the E major and A major scales. Practice playing the three primary (I IV V) chords and the vi chord in the keys of E and A major. Play a I vi IV V chord progression. By the end of this lecture you will know how to play these important chords in the keys of E and A major.

08:03

This is another very important lecture where you learn other ways to play the chords we've looked at so far. You learn how to play what is known as the 1st and 2nd inversions of major and minor chords. You learn what is known as voice leading. You will learn exactly how to move from one chord to the next. You will learn the best way to play any chord progression. This will help you create a sound that is pleasing to the ear and make you sound like a professional player.

Section 7: Play Chords and Melodies to Simple Songs
03:20

Learn how to play a melody with the right hand and chords with the left hand. We will learn to do this with the simple song, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. Learn how to play the right hand and left hand parts for Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. This will give you an understanding of how a song can be played with both hands. Follow my example and play the song. Alternatively, you can play root note of chord with left hand and melody with right hand.

02:44

Similar to Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, learn how to play the song, Oh When The Saints Go Marching In. Start by playing the melody with the right hand, then the chords with the left hand (separately). Then play left and right hand together. You can also play the root note of the chord with the left hand while playing right hand melody. Follow my example.

05:31

Learn how to play another song, the Christmas song, Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer. The point of this and similar lectures is for you to understand left hand chord changes played together with right hand melodies. This teaches you an approach you can take for playing any song in future.

02:55

Learn to play the song, You Are My Sunshine. Follow my video example and play the song with both hands. Start with the melody, learn the chords, then play both hands simultaneously. You can substitute chords with root note (of chord) to make things easy at the start.

03:03

Similar to the previous songs you've learned, learn to play the song, Happy Birthday with both hands. Learn to play the melody with the right hand and the chords (or root note of chords) with the left hand.

03:17

A list of major and minor chords in all keys. Learn the notes of all of these chords as they are demonstrated by yours truly, Mantius Cazaubon on piano/keyboard.

Section 8: Common Chord Progressions and Songs
01:43

This lecture is an introduction to learning chord progressions. You learn about Roman numerals and how they relate to the notes of the major scale. Learn how chords correspond to each note of the major scale. The C major scale is used as an example. Learn the 7 chords based on the C major scale. These seven chords are known as I ii iii IV V vi and vii° chords. Learn how to match Roman numerals to the notes of a major scale.

07:52

You will learn how to play the popular I IV V chord progression in various keys, particularly, C, F, G, D, E and A major. Learn how you can move from chord to chord in each of these keys. Voice leading: Learn what notes you should play. We also look at the I V IV chord progression. Play root note of chords with left hand and the entire three note chord with the right hand.

04:37

Learn how to play the beautiful I vi IV V chord progression in different keys. Learn how you can move from chord to chord in each key. Learn to play each chord for a certain number of beats. Play root note of chords with left hand and the entire three note chord with the right hand. How this chord progression is played in the hit song, Stand By Me by Ben E. King. Get better and better at moving from chord to chord.

02:15

Learn another popular and beautiful chord progression, the I V vi IV chord progression. Play this chord progression in different keys.

02:46

You will learn how to play the popular I IV IV and I IV ii V chord progressions. Chord progression used in the song, Brown Eyed Girl by Van Morrison. Chord progression for Run Around by Blues Traveler.

02:23

Learn how to play other popular chord progressions, namely, ii V I, I vi ii V, I iii IV V and I IV vi V chord progressions. By the end of this lecture/section, you will know how to play chords to some of the greatest hit songs ever. Common chord progressions in the keys of C, D, F, G and A. I ii iii IV V vi vii° chords in every major key.

Section 9: Further Look at Chords
06:23

In this lecture, we will play every major chord. This is a practice session. By following my examples, you will be able to play all 12 major chords with the right and left hand. Play them slow, fast, separately and together.

04:29

In this lecture, we will play all 12 minor chords. This is a practice session. By following my examples, you will be able to play all 12 minor chords with the right and left hand. Play them slow, fast, separately and together.

Article

A review of major and minor chords in all keys. An introduction to more advanced chords, namely dominant 7th, major 7th, minor 7th, augmented and diminished chords.

03:28

You will learn how to build dominant seventh chords. The formula for forming a dominant seventh chord. The goal is for you to be able to play this chord on piano in different keys. 14 dominant seventh chords.

02:48

Learn how to form major seventh chords. The formula for forming a major seventh chord. You will be able to play this chord on piano/keyboard in different keys. Major seventh chords in all keys.

02:01

Learn how to form minor seventh chords. The formula for forming a minor seventh chord. You will be able to play this chord on piano in different keys. Minor seventh chords in all keys.

02:01

You will learn how to form one of the most important chords in music, the diminished chord. The formula for forming a diminished chord. Form this chord easily by moving one note in a minor chord. You will be able to play this chord on piano in different keys.

03:45

Learn how to form another very important chord in music, the augmented chord. The formula for forming an augmented chord. Form this chord easily by moving one note in a major chord. You will be able to play this chord on piano in different keys.

5 questions

This quiz will test your knowledge on how how to form different types of chords.

Section 10: How to Read Notes
03:02

You will learn all about the music staff, treble staff, bass staff, treble clef and bass clef. Learn the line notes and space notes of the treble and bass clef. You will know how to read notes on the staff.

01:54

Learn all about ledger lines (also known as leger lines). Learn about the most important ledger line when learning how to read notes, middle C. Learn what the treble staff and bass staff tell you to play.

01:43

Learn about accidentals, namely naturals, flats and sharps and their purpose.

04:48

What are whole notes, half notes and quarter notes? (Semibreves, Minims and Crotchets.) You will be able to identify whole notes, half notes and quarter notes. You will understand how long each of these types of notes last. In other words, you will know how many beats to play each type of note for.

12 questions

Can you read notes on the music staff? Do you understand basic note reading ? I will test your knowledge in that regard.

Section 11: Conclusion
00:50

This is where I close the curtains on this exciting piano course.

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Instructor Biography

Mantius Cazaubon, Musician, Pianist, Music Artist, Author

Mantius Cazaubon is an extremely talented and hardworking musician. He has been playing piano and keyboards for over 20 years and is the author of 14 piano lessons and music theory books, including several Amazon bestsellers. A leading songwriter, composer and music artiste, he has recorded numerous hit songs, won multiple Caribbean music awards and consistently topped music charts. 

Mantius has an enormous passion for teaching and adding value to others. This has led him to create several niche websites over the years, such as piano lessons website, Piano-Keyboard-Guide, where he imparts his musical knowledge and serves thousands daily.

On his new journey as a Udemy lecturer, he continues to over-deliver, and takes his passion to new heights, staying true to his mission of helping, sharing and inspiring others.

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