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Piano For Beginners

Piano For Beginners

7th Edition
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Picking up any instrument for the first time can be daunting, but the new edition of Piano for Beginners will guide you through the learning process. From the correct way to sit at the piano to reading notation, we start with the basics before expanding your musical horizons with easy home recording and genre-specific tutorials. With a glossary of essential terminology, a list of chords and even access to free online resources, Piano for Beginners will be your go-to guide to mastering the piano or keyboard. Featuring: Getting started - Navigate the basics – from accessories to the pedals – with our ultimate guide. Understanding theory - Lay solid foundations by getting to grips with theory essentials. Playing the piano - Master your instrument with step-by-step tutorials. Play in the style of… - Get to know the hallmarks of your favourite genres and replicate their style.

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United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
€ 10,39(Incl. btw)

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1 min.
welcome to piano for beginners

Making the decision to learn a new instrument can be a whim or a long-standing ambition. Either way, picking up an instrument for the _rst time is a daunting feeling, as the scale of the task sinks in. This is particularly true if you have never learnt to play an instrument before, with all those technical terms, scales and notation marks to decipher before you have even played a single note. This new edition of Piano for Beginners is therefore an essential guide for piano and keyboard _rst-timers. Simplifying the process through step-by-step tutorials, this bookazine will help you lay solid foundations for years of enjoyment. From the correct way to sit at the piano to reading notation, we start with the basics before expanding your musical horizons with easy…

19 min.
the ultimate guide to the piano

Deciding to take the first step towards discovering your musical talents is worthwhile at any age. Learning to play an instrument is a rewarding journey and the piano really is a great one to start with. Although you’ll need plenty of time, practice and patience, the piano is a relatively easy instrument to master, which is why it’s a popular one to try to learn first. Many musicians find that after conquering it, the idea of learning other instruments isn’t as daunting. The piano has come a long way since it was invented, and alongside the traditional acoustic varieties, there are now digital pianos and portable keyboards. Learning to play the piano is the same on all three, but you’ll find some may offer more or fewer features than others, although…

3 min.
how to sit correctly at the piano

Before you start learning how to play the piano, the first thing you need to do is ensure you have the correct sitting position. Posture is very important for piano players, as it ensures you have the maximum level of flexibility to reach all the keys, and it also helps you learn the proper technique for striking the keys. On the path to perfect posture, one of the major things you’ll need is a proper seat. If you’re slumped down below the piano you’ll struggle to learn the basics, while if you’re propped high in the air you won’t be able to hit the keys properly. You don’t need anything really expensive; the best thing to have is an adjustable seat, but you can also just use pillows and cushions to…

4 min.
learn the white keys

Once you’ve perfected your posture in our previous tutorial, you’re almost ready to start playing the piano. The next step is to learn the names of the white keys, where the different keys are located, and how to remember them. The white piano keys are known as the natural keys, because they sound a natural note as opposed to the sharps and flats of the black notes, which we’ll explain in the next section. The first thing you’ll want to do is find Middle C. In the centre of the piano you should see three white keys surrounding two black keys. The furthest left of these three keys is Middle C. As a starting point for beginners put the index finger of your right hand on this key. From here you should…

3 min.
learn the black keys

The black keys on the piano are known as the flat and sharp keys. In technical terms this means they make a note half a step (or a semitone) lower and higher respectively in pitch from their corresponding white key. You will notice that the black notes are grouped in twos and threes, and taking the time to remember which is which is also a useful way to remember the white keys’ names. Each black key acts as both a sharp and a flat. A sharp is a note that’s half a step higher than the corresponding white key, and the flats are half a step lower. First, let’s focus on moving to the right from Middle C. The black key immediately to the right is C sharp (C#). This is half…

3 min.
using the piano’s pedals

Pedals on a piano are used to create sounds that you could not otherwise achieve with your hands alone. There are two standard foot pedals on a piano. On the left is una corda, and on the right is sustain. Some pianos have an additional middle pedal called the sostenuto. However, this is not used very often. The una corda pedal is played with your left foot and is known as the soft pedal. It is used to enhance softly played notes and is designed for notes that are required to be played quietly. It will not be as effective in softening louder notes. The right pedal is the sustaining pedal, also known as the damper pedal, which is used by your right foot. It is used to elongate the sound of…