Like many, you may dream of playing the piano, but are held back by the amount of effort you will have to make to get there. Still, if you are really motivated you should not stop at this idea. Because if you do not become Mozart right now, that does not mean that you will not be able to play the songs that you like and have fun playing them! If you follow these 5 steps carefully and you can play your first songs pretty quickly.
Step 1: Know the notes well
This is the essential step for any musician: knowing the notes and learning to read them on a staff . It is a tedious step that repels many beginners and yet it is the key to independence to be able to decipher any partition. All these symbols will seem strange to you at first, but just like for the alphabet, when the click will be done you will be able to read the notes naturally. Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Si, are the different notes, they are differentiated by their position on the staff. Their position indicates the tone in which you must play them.
Step 2: Getting to know your keyboard
A second important step is to know your instrument. The piano is composed of black keys and white keys. Blacks are used to play sharps (#) and flats (b) . On a keyboard, they are in groups of 2 and 3. A group of 5 black keys (1 group of 2 and 1 group of 3) and adjoining white keys is a range from Do (the white key on the left of the group 2 black keys) to get to Si.
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Step 3: Train to chain notes
Start by playing Do – Re – Mi up and down until you are comfortable with the keys. Then do the same with Fa – Sol – La – Si. Do not hesitate to test different sequences to bring fluidity to the movements of your fingers on the keyboard.
Step 4: the durations of notes
Each note you read tells you how long you have to press the key . The most common are:
- The round: it lasts 4 times.
- The white: it lasts 2 times.
- The black: it lasts 1 time
- The eighth note: it lasts ½ time
In particular, it is these durations of different notes that make it possible to give rhythm to a piece, to make it more dynamic.
Step 5: Start with easy pieces
Now that you know how to decipher a score and know how to find the notes on the keyboard, it’s time to stretch your fingers on a song. For starters, for example, you can start on ” In the moonlight “. To be more comfortable, start by playing the song with both hands separately: the right hand for the melody then the left hand for accompaniment . When you are perfectly comfortable with both hands, play the two parts together. Getting your hands coordinated will be difficult at first, but working hard will make it easy! As you can tackle slightly more complex pieces to learn to master the chords, the other scales that that of C major and of course the different rhythms, ternary and binary.
The final word
As the famous saying ” There is no point in running, you have to start at the right time ” and it’s all the more true for the piano. Start with simple pieces such as the rhymes of your childhood for example, then progressively move to more ambitious songs as your technique progresses. Feel free to go through methods for beginners like the famous Rose Method for example, which will make you progress step by step.