Piano for Complete Beginners: Learn your first song today!
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Piano for Complete Beginners: Learn your first song today!

Learn your first song and the building blocks needed to play any other song!
4.9 (10 ratings)
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Last updated 11/2015
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What Will I Learn?
Identify all of the notes on the piano.
Figure out Tones/Semitones and understand how they help
Understand chords and how they are structured.
Figure out and Play and Major or Minor Chord.
Understand what a Progression is and how it helps us play songs
Confidently play a classic song with both hands.
Distinguish chords at a glance and use them to be able to play any song you want!
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Requirements
  • You will need a Keyboard or Piano to practice
Description

This introductory course to the Piano is aimed at complete beginners and will teach you everything you need to know to play your first song.

By the end of the course you have learned the following:



Step By Step

  • How to label all the notes on the Piano (white and black)
  • Identify reference notes
  • Notes and how they relate to each other
  • Understand MAJOR and MINOR chords (and learn how to work out ANY chord you want)
  • Basic terminology of the Piano
  • Read a chord chart
  • The correct way to hold your hands
  • Use the pedal
  • Play your first song with both hands (Let It Be, The Beatles)
  • Learn the tools needed to to play ANY song you want!

This course is for the complete beginner. No prior knowledge is needed!

Join me in this comprehensive, step-by-step course designed to give you the building blocks and tools to apply what you learn to anything.

Who is the target audience?
  • Those who don't know anything about Piano and would like to play their first song!
  • Complete beginners with no prior knowledge of piano
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Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 30 Lectures Collapse All 30 Lectures 54:03
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Welcome!
1 Lecture 01:21
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Introduction to the Piano
5 Lectures 07:28

Black and White Notes.
High and Low.

Preview 01:09

How do we find C?

Preview 01:27



How do the black notes relate to the white notes?

Preview 01:50

Recap what you've learned so far.

Section 1 Recap
5 questions
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Major Chords
4 Lectures 08:35

What is a chord? Learn the fundamental rule to figure out ANY major chord.

Preview 02:51

Applying the Major Chord Rule to another note
01:35

Major Chords with Sharps and Flats
02:11

Major Chords that begin on a Black Note
01:58

Can you remember the Rule to work out any Major Chord?

Major Chords
2 questions
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Minor Chords
3 Lectures 03:14
The Minor Chord Rule
01:20

Minor Chords with Sharps and Flats
01:02

Sometimes Minor Chords begin on a Black Note

Minor Chords that Begin on a Black Note
00:52

Can you remember the rule to work out ANY MINOR chord?

Minor Chords
3 questions
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Hand Position
1 Lecture 01:30

Things to keep in mind regarding Posture, Hand shape and Position

Learn the basic shape for your Hands
01:30
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Progressions
4 Lectures 06:18

Learn how to put 2 Chords together to form your first Progression

Play your first 2 Chord Progression
02:14

Turn our 2 Chord progression into a 3 Chord Progression with A minor.

Adding a Minor Chord to a progression
01:05

Let's add one more chord to make it a 4 Chord Progression

4 Chord Progression
01:12

Learn to be flexible with the order of our chords

Mixing up our Progression
01:47
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Adding the Left Hand
4 Lectures 08:01

Starting very simply adding our left hand to our playing.

To begin with your Left Hand
01:45

Using our Left Hand with more than one chord.

Using your left hand with a Progression
01:26

Breaking down the pattern we will be using for our song.
TOGETHER, RIGHT, LEFT

Breaking it down
01:24

Counting out our Hands Together with our Chord Progression

Rhythm
03:26
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Chord Charts
1 Lecture 01:11

For shorthand use on Charts, Music and Sheet Music, chord names can be shortened.

Shorthand ways to write out Chord Names
01:11
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Our Song
7 Lectures 16:25

In our song, we have a new way of playing a familiar Chord

Using an Inversion
02:58

Learn the chords and rhythm for the Verse of our song.

C G Am F
C G F F

The Progression and Rhythm for the Verse
01:20

Learn the first transition with our Left Hand in our song

Adding the 1st Fill
02:49

Our Last (and most familiar sounding!) fill is learned in our left hand.

Adding the 2nd Fill
02:39

Learn the chords we need for the Chorus and revisit a familiar fill.

Am G F C
C G F C

The Progression for the Chorus
01:33

It's time to put it all together and play our very first song!

Adding it all together: Our Song
02:14

The Pedal
02:52
About the Instructor
Genevieve Wilson
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Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Genevieve is an avid singer/songwriter, passionate musician and music teacher with an eagerness to create, learn and grow.

Gen earned her B.A in Musical Theatre in 2010 at the Victorian College of the Arts back in Australia and completed 8th Grade AMEB in Classical Piano with Honours. After moving to NYC, she received her Advanced Diploma in Theatre and started her own Children’s Entertainment Company after noticing a lack of opportunity for kids to express themselves.

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