Learn Piano: The Basics of Keyboards

Have you always wanted to learn how to play the piano? Start with this course to give you the right foundation!
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  • Lectures 24
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 1/2015 English

Course Description

Welcome to The Basics of Learning Piano.

In this course designed for beginners, we'll help you set up a solid foundation that will help you get the most out of learning piano quickly and easily! The course covers basic posture, hand placement, time signatures, key signatures, and the basics for rhythm reading. The course is structured in a way that helps you get comfortable with your keyboard first, then follows with the beginning steps you'll need in order to learn songs and practice effectively.

Included in this beginning piano course are 29 videos, complete with downloadable staff paper and clef paper resources to make it easy for you. You should set aside 2-3 hours to take the course and practice alongside the quizzes.

If you're looking to get the right foundation for your piano playing, then you'll be happy you took the Beginning Piano course! We've taught over 100,000 students and have a deep understanding of what you need in order to begin your exciting piano learning program!

What are the requirements?

  • The student will need access to a piano or electronic keyboard

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Understand the keys of a piano and how the keyboard is structured
  • Find all the notes on the piano
  • Understand the piano's pedals and what they are used for
  • Master the correct posture, hand and arm placement, wrist alignment, fingertip and thumb placement, and breathing
  • The basics of music notation, including the treble clef and the bass clef
  • Place notes on the music staff and translate those notes back to the note on the piano
  • Understand shaps and flats, and where they are on the piano
  • Understand key signatures
  • Understand time signatures
  • Begin reading rhythms
  • Understand quarter, eighth, sixteenth notes and triplets

Who is the target audience?

  • This Intro to Piano course was designed for the beginning player. It covers the foundational pieces that a student will need in order to begin understanding how to play songs. This course does not show how to play specific songs, but rather provides the necessary understanding needed in order to learn songs quickly and easily.

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Understanding the Parts of the Piano and the Musical Alphabet
Intro to the Course
  • Layout of the keyboard
  • Finding the Keys
  • Black Keys
  • Intro to the The Musical Alphabet

This fun quiz challenges you to find the notes on your keyboard.


This lecture will help you find the all-important Middle C on your keyboard.


This lecture describes the three pedals normally found on a piano and focuses on how to use the most popular pedal, the sustain pedal.


Summary of Section 1:

  • The parts of the piano
  • The musical alphabet
  • Finding middle C
  • Using the pedals
Section 2: 5 Technique Tips You Need to Know

This lecture covers proper posture and breathing tecniques.


This lecture covers hand and arm placement along with proper alignment of the wrists.


This lecture covers your fingertip and thumb placement.


Section 2 Recap:

  • Posture
  • Distance
  • Flat Wrists
  • Forward Fingertips
  • Flexible Thumbs
Section 3: The Basics of Music Notation

This lecture gives you an intro to the section and a basic understanding of the Treble Clef and finding the G Line.


This lecture gives you an intro to the section and a basic understanding of the Bass Clef and finding the F Line.


This lecture will quiz you on finding the Treble Clef Notes: A, E, B, F, C, G, D.


This lecture will quiz you on finding the Bass Clef Notes: A, D, G, C, F, B, E.


Section 3 Recap:

  • A better idea of what the treble and bass clef symbols mean
  • How to place the notes on the staff
  • What symbols match which notes
  • How it translates back to the keyboard
Section 4: Key Signatures and Time Signatures

This lecture provides and understanding of Sharps and Flats and shows you how to correspond the staff to the keyboard.

By the end of the lecture, focus on tying together the note you see on the staff to the corresponding letter the note is associated with. Furthermore, tie together the staff and letter to which key you play on the piano.

By having a clear concept of how these three ideas (the staff, the letter, and the key on the piano) all tie together, you'll be able to start playing songs much quicker.


This lecture will quiz you on finding the sharps and flats on the staff sheet.


This lecture provides you with the key signature definition and location as well as an understanding on how to read the Circle of 5ths.


This lecture shows you what time signatures look like, what they mean, and the common Time Signatures you'll see.

Section 5: Intro to Rhythm

This lecture shows how to count and clap the rhythm.


This lecture shows how to develop your timing using the 16-Bar Exercise.


This lecture shows how to develop your timing using Eighth Notes.


This lecture provides a brief intro to Triplets and Sixteenth Notes.


This lecture provide a brief recap of section 5 and closing words.

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