Course Updated - January 12, 2015
Did you ever quit taking lessons or never started in the first place? Do you wish you could play now but think it is too late? It's not and the best place to start is here.
This is a Step by Step course on how to play Für Elise. Adult and teenage beginners who have never played piano before, should find this course accessible. You don't even need to know how to read music! You will learn:
The course is mainly delivered in How to videos showing you exactly what you need to do. Each video will take you through the steps on how to practice each segment. You will also find supplemental materials for you so that you can match your style of learning to the media that helps you the best.
You will also have full access to the course teacher while you are taking this course. He will answer your questions and help you through the process.
Best of all, this course will get you playing Fur Elise faster than conventional lessons. Doing the work outlined in the lessons, a student could confidently play Fur Elise in about 3-4 weeks. Conventional 30 minute lessons usually takes months. Sign up now and start playing piano!
This lecture explains the color coding and how the piano keyboard is laid out.
Please download Für Elise and print or view on a tablet.
We start at the beginning of Für Elise, the famous 9 notes that starts it all. You will learn this today.
You will learn how to use the Left Hand (LH) and Right Hand (RH) together. This is the 2nd measure and we will tie the first measure in with this one.
You aren't only using your hands. You have to use a pedal. The one on the right. I will show you how and when to use this WONDERFUL tool.
We are giving the RH a break. We concentrate on the LH and the patterns you need to know for this piano piece. This will help you tremendously in later measures.
You will learn a tip from the pros. It is used when you run out of fingers.
Music repeats...and this is a great thing for you. This means, once you learn something, you are bound to find it again and be able to play it! I show how this works with measures 1 through 8.
You are going to play measures 1-8 as a mini project.
1st and 2nd endings can be confusing but they don't have to be. I will show you how to navigate this and we will see that the 2nd ending is a bridge to the 2nd part of Für Elise.
Again, here are patterns. In this case, we find the pattern in the RH. It is a shape pattern, so your hand does the same things but just on different notes.
We add the LH to the things of Lesson 8 and put it all together.
We will continue looking at the pattern, add the left hand and get ready for measure 12.
We move on to measure 12 and about to hit our next section. This one still follows a pattern and will be easy.
We put all the measures together in this one.
This is a mini project to check up on your progress. Just record yourself playing measures 9-12.
We are only playing Es in this measure.
This is an extended musical statement to bring us back to the original idea of Für Elise that you played in measure 1. It can be a little confusing but this video will get you through it.
This will explain how to get to the end because you know the entire song now! That is what is so great about music. It repeats alot!.
This video is to help you practice the entire piece by looking at my hands on the piano (if that is your preference).
This video is to help you practice the entire piece by looking at the virtual piano (if that is your preference).
Record and upload yourself playing the entire piece. (ignore 1st endings if you wish) Extra credit for those who play it all :).
Jarrod has been playing the piano for over thirty years. He holds two degrees in music education and has been teaching for more than 16 years in public schools and private studios. With his masters thesis on curriculum, Jarrod has researched and found ways for new types of learning that transcend typical music lessons. He applies these techniques in his lessons so that beginners can begin to learn piano without tedious technique and theory. His personal philosophy is that music speaks to everyone and everyone should have the opportunity to explore music.