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Piano For Beginners

Piano For Beginners Piano For Beginners 3rd Revised Edition

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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3 min.
acoustic pianos

Acoustic pianos are considered a percussion instrument as felted hammers strike steel strings inside once you press down on a key to produce a note. The vibrations in the string then travel to a soundboard, which amplifies the music. Generally, the harder you press a key, the louder the sound. Professional pianists generally favour acoustic pianos as they feature up to eight octaves and create a more natural, fuller sound. Due to the way they are built, acoustic pianos do require some level of maintenance, which means you’ll need to have them tuned at least once every six months. This process involves tightening the strings to improve pitch. Although acoustic pianos are generally larger in size, there are different styles available, which vary in dimension. Is acoustic right for you? Different acoustic pianos What…

2 min.
digital pianos

Digital pianos share a lot of similar features to electronic keyboards. They are capable of creating sound effects and can also imitate other instruments. It’s even possible to record the music you play on them. Unlike keyboards, however, digital pianos come with weighted keys, replicating the feel of playing an acoustic piano. Larger digital pianos can also offer a full eight octaves like an acoustic and you may find that playing on one isn’t that different to using an upright or grand piano. The harder you press the keys, for example, the louder the sound that’s produced. However, the lack of strings in a digital piano means that the sound results won’t be as natural or rich, as they use sound chips and speakers to replicate a traditional piano tone. One…

4 min.
essential accessories

Like most instruments you can purchase a range of useful accessories for your piano. Some will help maintain your instrument’s appearance and preserve the sound quality that’s produced, while others will help improve playing when you’re next practising or learning a new song. We’ve rounded up the top ten accessories out there for your acoustic piano, digital piano or keyboard. Take a look and see what you might need before you begin to play. Piano stool Recommended buy: Quiklok – Keyboard stool BX-8 Price: £26.99/approx $49.99 URL: www.quiklok.it A good quality stool is essential if you’re practising or playing over long periods of time. One that comes with extra padding and the option to adjust its height is a bonus. Some varieties even double up as storage so you can keep sheet music and your…

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…