Beginner Piano lessons for kids

I’m trying to teach my 6 year old son how to play the piano and over the next few weeks I will be investigating some of the online resources available for teaching children how to play the piano. I have already come across a few but have yet to find a method which I am happy with. Who knows I might even end up inventing my own.

The most important thing for me is that my son has fun with this. The very last thing I want is for him to get bored and think of piano practice as a chore.

I offer to let him play my piano and only let him play if he wants to. So far, he is full of enthusiasm and thinks its a great idea when I offer. I let him play more or less what he wants to. He is experimenting with soft and loud at the moment and though at times un-tuneful he comes up with some pretty dramatic and dynamic musical expression.

As we go I am teaching him how a few melodies, I show him how I play scales and arpeggios (which intrigue him), and how to recognize the notes.

I’ll be posting here on his progress and on any online beginner piano resourses for children I happen to come across

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Beginner piano chord class

The Saline County Career Center are holding a one session beginner piano Chords class.
http://www.marshallnews.com/story/1467759.html

This is great if you are in the area but the point is that you can really advance your playing and boost your confidence as a beginner piano player by attending one of these classes.

If you cannot find one in your area then the current editions of Rocket Piano and Piano For All both have sections on chord playing where in a short time you are taught the essential chords and rhythms to be able to play almost any song with ease. Ideal for all beginner piano players

Beginner piano hand position

With all the free beginner piano lessons available on the web today you might very well have been trying several different start up courses.

These can be great and are nearly all a free sample of a complete course that you will need to buy. Taking the free lessons can be a great way to get started however you can easily pick up some bad habits.

I recently happened upon this video at you tube which explains a little about the correct hand position forbeginner piano students. This is an essential piece of advice which many of the free beginner piano courses omit.

 

 

Beginner Piano players and scales.

| was asked by a beginner piano player today about the importance of practicing scales. After a lengthy conversation we agreed that if you can truly master a certain scale and have it interiorized to such an extent that you dont even have to think about it then when it comes to playing any piece in that key you will find it much easier to execute.

As well as this I had to stress the importance of warming up on the piano. Just as athletes have to warm up before they start, so does a piano or keyboard player. If you dont warm up and go straight into playing your pieces then your fingers will most likely start to get knoted and you previous practice will begin to seem as if it has been for nothing. Practicing scales for only 5 or 10 minutes at the start of each practice session will stretch your fingers and wake up your hands enough to go into your practice pieces and exercises with confidence and agility.

The point of this entry is that the person I was talking to asked me about the fingering for the scales. As you will be aware, the correct fingering for scales is very important (especially if you are going to be taking exams). I didn’t have my scale books with me but we found a great site with all of the scales written down and most importantly all of the correct fingering too.

Check out the Piano Scales article now,

History of the piano

There is a great piece at get-piano-lessons.com on the history of the piano as we know it.

Did you know that it was developed from the the harpsichord?

Invented in 1709 by Bartolomeo Cristofori in Italy the “Pianoforte” as we know it was born.

You can read all about this in the article here.
http://www.get-piano-lessons.com/piano-history.html

Check out this interesting vidoeo on the history of the piano

New age Piano for beginners

“Create Your Own Beautiful New Age Piano Music Now … Even If You’ve Never Touched A Keyboard In Your Life!”

Is the stress of a failing economy bringing you down? Edward Weiss from Quiescence Music has just released a beginners piano course for new age music that could help you ‘de-stress’ yourself. This is an ongoing membership course where he teaches you from the very first day how to play your own particular style of new age music. He explains how listening to new age music has been scientifically proven to stimulate physical relaxation. He goes on to explain that actually performing this music can be even more beneficial.

I have not yet checked out the course myself so if you have then please leave a comment below.

All the details can be found this website:

http://www.quiescencemusic.com/

Beginners Piano Lessons

Pam Wedgwood, has devised seven step-by-step beginners piano lessons that will take you from the very basics, right through to sight-reading. There is inspirational advice from the greats such as Jools Holland, and tips on which genre-defining artists to listen to.

The lessons have been provided cortesy of the UK newspaper the Guardian.

Check out the free beginners piano lessons here

Beginners Piano – Which method to choose

You want to learn how to play the piano and are looking for a guide to beginners piano. The question you need to ask now is ‘what is the best way to learn’.

The most obvious choice is to go to a qualified piano teacher and get some traditional one on one piano lessons.

These days however there are a few more options available to you. There are a plethora of tutors and guides available for home study. Some of these are obviously better than others and your choice will depend a lot on where you want to go with your lessons. A little later on in this article we will be presenting some of the questions you should be asking yourself before you decide on your tuition method.

Going online can offer even more possibilities for home study. There are numerous reputable courses available in many formats. The most common is a downloadable book or eBook which explains the basics and leads you through a series of structured lessons which you need to practice and perfect before moving on to the next. 

Also available are audio files for download. These are usually in the popular MP3 format and are similar to the traditional methods or tutors but they contain verbal instructions and played examples of how your exercises should sound. This can be really useful especially if you are just starting out.

The natural progression from audio files is of course video. This format can be really useful as you get an over the shoulder look at the keyboard of your tutor whilst they are playing the exercises. You get to ‘see’ the fingering patterns and techniques and this visualization at times can make things just that little bit easier. The only drawback with video files is that they can be quite cumbersome and occupy a lot of disk space and download bandwidth making their delivery somewhat awkward.

The best of the online guides offer a combination of all of these formats and contain the weight of the material in the form of an eBook with examples recorded on MP3 files so you can hear how they should be played. There is usually a short video per chapter showing a little about the techniques that will be used and how to execute them.

There are many online guides available and you need to get clear on a few things before you make your final choice.

– What is your current level?

Are you a complete beginner or do you have a basic knowledge of piano playing already or maybe you have a classical training to a certain degree and would like to learn how to improvise, play from chord charts or play jazz.

You need to find out the method of tuition offered. Some will teach you how to play by ear and others will teach you how to read music, others will teach you how to use chord charts. Some are more centered towards the absolute beginner and others are more suited for perfecting the already proficient player.


– What sort of piano do you have?

Will you be practicing on a traditional acoustic piano or will you be using a digital keyboard or even an organ.
Most of the tuition methods are geared towards the traditional piano and there is no reason why all of the techniques shouldn’t be applied to digital keyboards or organs. There are some specialized guides that are written specially for organs and stand alone keyboards which make use of auto-chord systems. There are also those that are written for organs which have a set of foot pedals.

– Do you want to learn to read music or would you prefer to play by ear?

It can be quite a long process learning to read music and becoming ‘fluent’ so to speak. Playing by ear or learning to read chord charts will probably get you up and playing a little bit quicker. Check out which methods are offered before purchasing your guide.

One of the best guides I have found is rocket piano. It contains multiple eBooks, audio examples and video files. It caters for the absolute beginner and also for more the experienced player. There are also guides to playing Jazz and playing Gospel. There are many other guides available to choose from for your home study.

Using home study methods is fine but it can be quite easy to slip into bad habits which if unchecked can be very hard to correct at a later date and will impede your improvement beyond a certain point. A great way to learn if you are really serious is to use a home study method and to take occasional traditional beginners piano lessons with a qualified tutor to keep you on track and free of bad habits.