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.
First off, if you are a complete beginner then please download our free chord sheet and piano for beginners guide. (It should be somewhere in the right hand margin).
Getting to know the basics should reveal what its all about and will give you an idea as to the work involved.
Once you have understood how to find all the notes, how to make basic chord shapes and how to play some simple rhythms (all explained in our guide that comes with the chord sheets) then you will be ready to explode your learning curve and start playing a wide selection of music. You will at last understand the whole process and although you will need to practice a lot to master any particular piece or song you will be capable with time an more importantly you will realize that it is possible to achieve. See our review of online courses for piano for beginners.
Beginners piano might seem difficult at first but you can break it down into simple logical steps so that it diesn’t have to be that daunting.
Here is Beginners Piano De-mystified:
First off you can learn the notes. Find out that there are only really 12 notes and then the pattern starts repeating.
Then you can learn a few basic chords. Discover that with just a couple of simple patterns you can apply to each note you will be able to play all of the major and minor chords in any key.
Pick up a few simple rhythms either by ear or by following some example lessons
That is… beginners piano couldn’t be simpler. Just download the beginners piano chord sheet and guide which you should find somewhere over there in the right hand margin. This will give you more detailed instructions. Good Luck
This is an amazing performance or Beethoven‘s Pathetique performed on an invisible piano by comedy genius Rowan Atkinson (AKA Mr. Bean). The performance starts with the 1st movement from the Pathetique and then is is seamlessly goes into the end of the 3rd movement of the Moonlight Sonata.
This is obviously objective but, in general you have the major chords which sound happy, the sadder sounding minor chords. Then you have the ambiguous 7th chords.
Now come the ‘cool’ chords. if you start adding the 9th, the 11th and the 13th to a chord then you start getting more jazz like sounds. The 13th chords even start to sound a little impresionistic and were used by Satie and Debussy.