Beginners Piano - Be playing in under 10 minutes

Uploaded by BeginnersPiano on 16.12.2008


Hello there
My name's Andy, I'm going to show you how easy it can be to
to play the piano... or to teach yourself to play the piano
Don't get me wrong, it'll take many
years of daily practice to reach any sort of a decent level of playing
but getting started doesn't need to be as traumatic
as it might seem. In fact, by the end of this video
you'll be playing some recognizable music on the piano
Now in this video I'm going to show you
how to find some notes on the keyboard,
how to find ALL of the notes on the keyboard, and how to play some basic chords
These will enable you to play more tunes than you can image
So lets get down to it. The notes...
If you have a full sized piano keyboard
you'll see that there are 88 keys, black and white keys
some electronic keyboards will have significantly less
it doesn't really matter. It isn't actually
as complicated as it seems. The keys are actually made up
in groups of 12 notes, repeating groups
of 12 notes. The notes are named
A.. B.. C..
D.. E.. F..
and G... Then it goes back to A again
A and so on.. B.. C..
D.. etc.
The simplest key to play in on the piano is
the key of C. This uses just the white notes
no black notes
There are several Cs on the piano keyboard. If you look at the keyboard
you'll see that its made up of 3 and 2
the black notes are made up of 3 and 2
so if you take one of
the groups of 2... any of the groups of 2
look immediately to the left of the
first black note and thats your C
there is another group of 2 here, and immediately to
the left is another C... and here's another one up here

The C in the center of the piano, this one here
is known as 'Middle C' for obvious reasons
on some MIDI keyboards or
software it is sometimes referred to as C3
This will be our starting point for the scale
of C major, playing only the white keys
the notes will be named as follows...
C.. D.. E.. F.. G..
A.. B.. C..
You could start here..
The black notes
these are the sharps and flats
now a sharp note is a semitone, or half a note
higher than the note of its name. So C sharp is
the black note just to the right of the C
C.. and here is the C sharp
F sharp for instance... Here's the F
and the F sharp is the note immediately
to the right of the F
F sharp.. here. A flat note
is the opposite. It's half a tone or a semitone lower
than the note's name. So here we have A
for example, and one semitone lower
just to the left, is A flat
Here is B
and one semitone lower, or the black note
to the left is B flat
Some notes can be flats or sharps
F for example has
this note here, F sharp, but it could also be G flat
Here is the G... G flat. Here is the F
F sharp. They are called the same. It IS the same.
So now you know the names of all of the notes on the piano.
C.. C sharp.. D.. D sharp
E.. F.. F sharp.. G..
A flat.. A.. B flat.. B..
and C.
So now you know how to play all of the notes on the piano, lets get onto playing some chords
The typical chord contains 3 or 4 different notes all playing together
Now there are several types of chord that you can play
around any given note
For example, around the note of C.. You could have C Major,
C minor, C7
C major 7
C augmented
a diminished
C with a suspended 4th
there are many more as well
the three most popular types of chords are the Major,
the minor,
and the 7th
Of these types of chords along each of the 12 notes
of the keyboard then you will be able to play most music
or most song... either by ear or
by reading chord sheets or the so called
fake books. OK... here's how to play the
most often used basic chords... Fist of all
C or C Major.
Notes of the chord are made up of the
1st the 3rd and the 5th note of the scale
so if we see the scale is C D E F G
we have C.. miss one E..
miss one G
C miss one, we don't play the second, we play the 3rd.... we don't play the 4th
we play the 5th. C E and G
those are the notes of C major

here's another one This is A minor
we find the A
which is here.... its 2 notes lower
so the whole thing gets shifted down 2 notes
A.. we miss the b and we play the C
which is the 3rd... we miss the D and we play the E
which is the 5th... A minor.

Her's another one... F Major
2 notes down, if the F

F.. A.. and C.. Exactly the same chord pattern
1st 3rd and 5th

There we go... And one more
Guess what... move everything up one note and
we get a chord of G
G.. B.. D..
G is the 1st B is the 3rd
and D is the 5th
so there are 4 basic chords
all with the same shape We can play
C, A minor,
F major
G major
you might recognize that chord sequence
its actually been used in many songs

Blue moon for example....
Always look on the bright side of life...
Dream Dream Dream...
Many songs have used this combination of chords
you can play the chord here and you can join
in with the left hand... with the left hand you could play the root notes
in this case, the chord of C, we'll play a note of C

the chord of F, you play the root
of F
now add a little bit of rhythm

and on it goes.
So you should play around with these chords
they can be played in any order you want
and you'll find that there are many tunes that use
just a few of these chords in different orders
So, I've just taken you, in a matter of minutes, through
what would be the first few lessons of the typical Online or Home study Piano course
It should have shown you how simple it can be to
teach yourself how to play the piano and to be playing decent music
within a few minutes.... obviously
we've covered a lot of material there, and you will, if you have a
home study course be able to progress at your own pace
At our web site, the address should be
down there somewhere... that's .net NOT .com
we have some reviews of the best methods that
I've come across for learning piano at home
now these methods typically consist of... well its
like a true multimedia experience really They've got a combination of
audio and video, together with transcripts and
pdf files of the lessons all laid out so you can
go off at your own pace
they'll teach you how to play chords and melodies
right from the start... and they'll even teach you
how to read music along the way.
Some of them even touch on classical playing. They'll take you from absolute beginner
level up to advanced style.
In all Style.... Rock'n'roll, Jazz, Blues
Pop, Gospel. They are all actually quite complete
at least the ones that we review on the site. So for more information
do check out our website
check out the reviews...
go to the sites that we review, because some of them offer free lessons as well
which is quite interesting and
I hope you've enjoyed this introduction and you decide to
pursue piano playing a little bit further and buy one of the courses that we review
on our site.... OK.. until next time