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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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What Will I Learn?
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
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  • The student will need access to a piano or electronic keyboard

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!

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.
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Expand All 24 Lectures Collapse All 24 Lectures 01:16:51
Understanding the Parts of the Piano and the Musical Alphabet
6 Lectures 13:47
Intro to the Course

  • Layout of the keyboard
  • Finding the Keys
  • Black Keys
  • Intro to the The Musical Alphabet
Finding the Black Keys

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

Preview 01:25

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

Finding Middle C

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

The Pedals

Summary of Section 1:

  • The parts of the piano
  • The musical alphabet
  • Finding middle C
  • Using the pedals
Section 1 Recap
5 Technique Tips You Need to Know
4 Lectures 07:54

This lecture covers proper posture and breathing tecniques.

Preview 01:30

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

Technique 2 and 3: Arm Distance and Wrist Placement

This lecture covers your fingertip and thumb placement.

Technique 4 and 5: Fingertips and Thumbs

Section 2 Recap:

  • Posture
  • Distance
  • Flat Wrists
  • Forward Fingertips
  • Flexible Thumbs
Section 2 Recap
The Basics of Music Notation
5 Lectures 15:31

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

Intro and The Treble Clef (G Clef)

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

Preview 01:48

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

Quiz- Find the Treble Clef Notes

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

Quiz- Find the Bass Clef Notes

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 3 Recap
Key Signatures and Time Signatures
4 Lectures 21:59

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.

Intro to Key Signatures and Time Signatures

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

Quiz on 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.

Preview 08:39

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

Preview 04:59
Intro to Rhythm
5 Lectures 17:40

This lecture shows how to count and clap the rhythm.

Reading Rhythms

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

Preview 02:19

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

Understanding Eighth Notes

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

Intro to Triplets and Sixteenth Notes

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

Section 5 Recap
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