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How to learn to play the piano

Published at 02/16/2012 22:33:19


The piano is one of the most popular instruments and is similar to the organ. The piano is played by use through the keyboard along with pedals. There are several different types of pianos from the grand piano to an upright or vertical piano, as well as a player piano and keyboard which has become rather popular today used in many music groups.


Step 1

Learning to play the piano doesn't have to be difficult. You can learn to play a number of ways. You can choose to learn the piano by hiring a piano instructor to teach you either in your home or theirs. All pianists number their fingers to make it easier to hit the keys on the piano. The thumb is labeled the first finger, the index is number two, the middle finger is three, the ring finger is four and the little finger is five.

Step 2

Another great method if you are low on funds is searching online. There are many websites catered to learning how to play the piano with an abundant amount of information for the novice all the way up to advanced players to learn to play.

Step 3

The first step in learning how to play the piano is to have proper posture. You must sit at the piano with the right posture with your elbows at a 90 degree angle and your back straight. You do not want to be slouching at all. When you slouch this will not have a good effect on your playing. It will limit your mobility.

Step 4

Ensure that your hands are properly positioned over the keys by making sure that your wrist is level to the piano. If your wrists are too low you will have some difficulty.

Step 5

You will want to purchase some sheet music and start practicing in how to read the notes. The music on the piano has two sets of horizontal lines that are called staffs. You will also see vertical lines and these are called bar lines. The bar lines make up measures. At the top of the two staffs is called the Treble Clef. The Treble Clef stands for all the notes above the the Middle C. At the bottom of the two staffs you have the Bass Clef. The Bass Clef stands for the below the Middle C.

The notes on the Treble Clev are E, G, B, D and F. A good phrase to remember the notes is "Every Good Boy Does Fine." The notes on the Bass Clef are G, B, D, F and A. A good way to remember them is with the following phrase, "Good Boys Do Fine Always."


When playing the piano remember to keep your hands in proper position and play with both hands instead of only using one. Relax while you are playing and enjoy the music you are playing. Work on your memory skills and the rhythm of your playing.

If you are having trouble with remembering the notes, take a staff of music cut it up into small pieces and tape them to the correct keys on the piano.