How to play keyboard as a beginner

Here, we have put down every fundamentals that is required for a beginner to get “how to play keyboard as beginner🎹” right.
We’ve got the knowledge and tools to make learning the keyboard quicker (andquite fun) than ever! Not only will this article help teach you fundamental chord
voicings, Positions, scalesand
music theory (don’t worry, it isn’
t as scary or difficult as it
seems) we will also teach you
how to put things together to
create your own masterpieces.

If take a look at the keyboard, you will observe that the keyboard is a wonderful
linear instrument. Not only is it
simple to
understand, it’s also easy to fall
in love with.

But before get started; there’s this question a lot of people do ask.

I feel that one of the biggest
questions I see people have
revolves around the following
thoughts: if I learn to play on a
keyboard (or adigital piano), is
that as good as an acoustic piano?  What if the keyboard
only has 61 or 76 keys and not
88-keys (which acoustic pianos
and even some most digital
pianos possess)?
We’re going to dive into all of
these questions and more
throughout this article.  But let’s start with the basics.
First, the main difference
between a piano and keyboard
is that the piano is an acoustic
instrument that is made of
many strings that,like a guitar
or any other stringed instruments, must be tuned and maintained on a regular
basis. Keyboards (and in the
case of this particular example,
I’m lumping keyboard sand digital pianos together in one
bunch) are electric variants of
this acoustic instrument that
don’t require much up keep
aside from light cleaning and
possibly updating or adding
software. Keyboards can easily play
virtually any style ofmusic
ranging from classical, jazz,
blues, and contemporary
music. It is more dicult to
play varying styles outside of
classical compositions on an
acoustic piano because they do
not come with equipment, pre-set sounds or transposing functions.  In fact, you really have to be a wize to come up
with something funky outside of the realms of classical music when playing on atraditional piano.
Where space is concerned, acoustic pianos arequite a bit larger than keyboards, making it farmore difficult to move or travel with.
Keyboards are light weight and
can easily be packed to bring
along with you if you play a show or just want to practice on the go.
Traditional pianos easily take
up ten times the space of a 61
or even 88 key keyboard. From
this perspective, you can easily see why keyboards are the
more obvious and convenient
option for most people.
Can you successfully master
piano through the use of a
keyboard? The short answer is
yes. There is really nothing that
you cannot doon the keyboard
where as, the acoustic piano
(which is no doubt a beautiful
instrument and work of art)
does indeed have limitations.
The most obvious limitation is
its size and sound constraints,
which pretty much ensure that you live inside of a musical “
box”.

So to get started:

Get Your Own Piano or
Keyboard

You can’t learn how to teach yourself
piano if you don’t have one!Even if
there’s a public place where you have
access to a piano, it’sfar better if you
have one in the privacy of your home.
That means it’s time to make an
investment.
Acoustic pianos typically range in
price from £800 to £5,000 or more
for some high-quality concert grand
pianos. Obviously, as a beginner, you
don’t need a grand piano, but you’ll at
least want aquality instrument to
practice on. Acoustic pianos are
large and heavy, and require regular
tuning to remain playable. Even
though these aspects seem like downsides, nothing can truly replace
the sound and feel of a real piano. If the cost is an issue for you, however a digital keyboard is atotally acceptable place to start. A full 88-key version starts atabout £100.
Remember, you’ll also need a
keyboard stand, piano bench, and
sustain pedal. The more features you
want (UBS drive,sound effects,
internal metronome, sample songs,
etc.), the higher the investment will
be. Most importantly, don’t be
tempted by inexpensive, low-quality
keyboards. Insist on weighted keys,
whichis the key to achieving
different dynamics in the music you
play.

Start by Finding Middle C

So your keyboard is all set up and you’
re excited to get going. Ifyou have no
musical background, you may feel overwhelmed by looking at all those
keys – but don’t worry! A great place
to start is by middle C.

Keys

Think of middle C as home base, the
place where all beginnerpieces work
off of. To nd middle C, sit down in
front of your piano and position
yourself at the center. The black keys
arearranged in sets of two and three.
Middle C is the white key just tothe
left of the grouping of two black keys
near the middle of thekeyboard.
Place your right thumb on Middle C,
pointer nger onthe next white note
(D), and your middle nger on the
white notenext to that (E). Using
these three notes, you should be able toplay Mary Had a Little Lamb by ear
(start with E, D, C…).

Learn to Read Music, Chord
Progression, and Finger Exercises

Before you can expect to play more
than Mary Had a Little Lamb,you
need to pin down some good
resources that explain how toteach
yourself piano. The Internet is one of
your best resources,but certainly not
the only one. Here are some helpful
resources toget you started:
Take Lessons’ Piano Playlist: The
exercises in this playlist will helpyou
build nger speed, strength, and
accuracy at the keyboard. Learning to read music is not quite as simple
or straight forward as finding Middle
C. It’s an ongoing process youmust
focus on each time you play.
DataDragon can help with this;the
various lessons cover time
signatures, types of notes and rests,
counting, and more.

Online Pianist: Chords (multiple notes
played at the same time) and scales (a succession of notes played one
after the other) arethe foundation of
piano playing. This resource teaches
you how to play every major and
minor scale on the piano as well as a
huge variety of chords.

Harmony exercises: It’s important to
build finger strength and improve
your musical aptitude. Hanon
exercises are an excellent resource
for this. The link provided here lets
you download a freePDF version of
each exercise, as well as play a
sample so you canhear how the
exercise is supposed to sound.
.
Music Notes: When you’re ready to start playing actual songs,
Music Notes is a great resource to
nd sheet music for your favorite
songs, in a variety of difficulty levels.
A free one-page sample gives you a
feel for the difficulty of the piece
before you pay for the entire song.
Bonus Tip – Consider Combining Self
Learning with Lessons
You may think you now know how to
teach yourself piano, but just like a
New Year’s resolution, you may only
keep it up for a couple of weeks.
Working with a private piano teacher
can make a drastic difference in your
motivation and the speed at which
you progress. Your teacher can provide:
Individualized instruction: Even with
the above resources at your
disposal, it’s dicult to know if you’re
doing everything right. Are you playing that chord correctly? What if the tempois off? Is your bad posture the
reason you nd it tough to play formore than 10 minutes at a time? No matter how many tutorials you watch or attended, many of these
questions will remain unanswered
unless you have a teacher at your
side.

Accountability: What are the odds
that you will hold yourself
accountable to complete your music
theory work and harmony exercises
needed to become a better pianist?
Without a teacher toreport to, you
may nd yourself skipping these
important stepsafter just a few
weeks. Your technique is bound to
falter and youmay nd pieces more
dicult to learn without a rock-solid
foundation encouraged by a piano
teacher.

Motivation: Anticipating your next
lesson and having a desire toshow
your teacher how much you have
improved is a huge motivational tool.
Even the concept of paying for a
teacher is agood motivator to sit
down and practice. If you’re teaching
yourself, you could easily lose your
drive if you get stuck on at ricky
piece. There are only so many words
of encouragement you can give
yourself, but a teacher can whip you
back into shape.

Correct pacing: You may be eager to
jump into music that is well beyond
your skill level. But if you find that learning a particularsong is
incredibly dicult, you’re likely to get
frustrated and give up. The right
teacher will know how to pace you so
you’re always challenging yourself,
but not to the degree of complete
frustration.

A broadened perspective: Perhaps
the only reason you want tolearn
how to teach yourself piano is so you
can play Christina Perri and Adele
songs. However, a teacher can open
your eyes tothe beauty of other
genres of music to round out your
repertoire. With the right teacher, you’
ll learn about composers you may
havenever considered on your own.

Conclusion

Learning keyboard can be
tough, but withthese
fundamentals you are now well
on yourway to playing like the
masters. Don’t be afraid to
keep a notebook to take notes
onthings that you don’t
understand or even make a
binder to collect sheet music,
notesand helpful tips and tricks.
When you rst learn the piano,
it takes a whileto get used to
playing on both hands— allow
yourself to increase dexterity
and coordination.
Until next time, keep practicing!

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