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Piano For Beginners

Piano For Beginners Piano For Beginners 6th 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.

United Kingdom
Future Publishing Ltd
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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 first 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 first-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…

8 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…

2 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…

1 min.

Most budding pianists will learn the basics of piano playing on a keyboard. They’re not only the most affordable option if you’re looking to buy new, but they’re also much smaller than an acoustic or digital piano so don’t require as much space. They’re designed to be lightweight and portable, so you can also set them up easily if you’re practising on the go or going round a friend’s house. You’ll also find they offer some fantastic electronic features, including demo modes, sound effects and the ability to replicate other instruments. In addition to this, most keyboards come with a headphone jack, which is great if you want to practise in private. They differ to acoustic and digital pianos as they don’t offer as many octaves or weighted keys and sound…

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…

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…