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.
I saw this post on another piano blog and thought you might enjoy it. This is the ultimate in beginners piano… learn the piano whilst climbing the stairs.
Volkswagen Fun Theory: Piano Staircase – Volkswagen built this piano stairway in Stockholm, Sweden as part of their fun theory project, which aims to change people’s behavior for the better through fun. That is a great strategy. Related: Water Pump Merry-go-Round – Fold.it …
The utility takes you from absolute beginner piano level through to a really high level and trains you to recognize the intervals between notes. The theory is that once you have learned to recognize all of the intervals then you will be able to play any song by ear with out needing to see the music. There are full instructions on the site but for me I spent hours just playing around with the utility. It made me remember my time at the conservatory.
Have fun with this and see if you can learn piano by ear yourself.
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.