It can be really useful to know how to play all of the chords on piano. You will find it opens up all sorts of musical possibilities. If you know how to read them off sheet music or chord charts then the you are really on the way to becoming an accomplished player. The short video I made for the Piano Learners site will show you how to form all of the main chords.
The people at about.com have kindly provided us with a list offree piano sheet music which can be downloaded and printed out.
The interface is a bit clumsy as you have to print out each page separately but as a way to get completely free and legal sheet music its not that bad. If you subscribe to 8notes.com (the providers of the sheet music) then you can download the entire scores in one go.
Iv’e just come accross a new ebook for jazz keyboard lessons or Jazz piano for beginners. I’ve read the sales pages and it looks to be fantastic but I have yet to take a look at the book myself. If anyone has used this new book yet then please let us know how you found it and what it was like. Please leave your comments below or send me an email.
If your goal is to produce your own music then you really do need to learn to play keyboards. Even a basic knowledge will get you a long way.
There are those who believe that if you know how to handle the music software then playing piano isn’t important at all but if you have a basic knowledge of piano playing then you will be able to form much richer chords and arrangements even though the sounds that you are producing are not piano sounds but other instruments.