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Beginner Piano Lesson: Play a Song on the Piano WITHOUT reading music

Nancy Bernard

Beginner Piano Lesson: Play a Song on the Piano WITHOUT reading music

Nancy Bernard

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13 Lessons (17m)
    • 1. Your Fast Track To Playing the Piano! (Watch First)

    • 2. Left Hand: C Chord

    • 3. Left Hand: F Chord

    • 4. Left Hand: G Chord

    • 5. Left Hand: Practice Exercise

    • 6. Class Project

    • 7. Right Hand: Melody (1st Half)

    • 8. Right Hand: Melody (2nd Half)

    • 9. Right Hand: Melody Practice Track

    • 10. Hands Together: Playing Both Parts at the Same Time!

    • 11. Hands Together: Practice Track

    • 12. Bonus: For the Left and Right Hand

    • 13. Bonus: Practice Track for left and right hand bonus'

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Have you always wanted to learn to play the piano but aren't into spending the weeks and weeks learning to read music, and practicing playing it, before you can play something you actually like?

Or maybe you've taken other courses about chording and improve and they are just over your head. 

This course is your fast track to playing the piano today.    

 In this course you will learn:

- CHORDS: 3 foundational but powerful chords to play with your left hand

- MELODY: A familiar melody to play with your right hand

- COMBINING CHORDS AND MELODY: How to play both hands at the same time.

These skills are necessary for learning:




We are using the simple, extremely common, and extremely versatile tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  It might not sound impressive, but using a simple, well known tune is the perfect strategy for us!  Our practice efforts can then be zeroed in on learning how to use our hands on the piano at the same time, practicing sounding out a melody by ear, and learning how to tweak a melody you already know to suit your style, preferences, and creativity.

If you're eager to jump into playing the piano today this class is a great starting point for you.   

This course is your fast track to playing a song on the piano today! 

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1. Your Fast Track To Playing the Piano! (Watch First): Hi, I'm Nancy Bernard. This is one of the classes that I created to fast track my students to accomplish. The musical goal in these classes will learn all of the essential information that you need to know to accomplish that one goal. Like I say, you don't need to learn everything in order to accomplish something great. What I love about teaching my students is that I get to fast track them to meeting their goals as quickly as possible. And the way that I do that is that we don't learn all the information that you don't need to know in order to reach your goals. Meaning you don't need to know everything to accomplish that. One thing that you really want to accomplish. So we're gonna focus today on the essential information you need to know to be able to play a song on the piano today. 2. Left Hand: C Chord: Okay, here we go. Let's learn the first chord that we're going to use in her song, and that's the cord. See, Accord is actually really simple to play. You start on sea to make a C chord, and we're going to go every other white. Now see Skip D go to E. Why don't you try that with me? Find See on your piano, notes the group of two black notes that repeats over and over and over again on the piano. And it's to the left. There's a C Group two black notes. There's a C Group two black notes there to see So we have see Skip one e skip f G. There's your secret really, really simple. Play that C chord with me C e g. Here we go. Now that can sound a little bit muddy low on the piano like that and you can see as I go lower. It sounds really muddy down there so often, what we do with our left hand is we'll open up that court a little bit, take off that middle note and just play the first nutsy and the last note g on. You can hear that sounds a lot more crisp and a lot more open. So this is how we're going to play our C chord. 3. Left Hand: F Chord: all right. We have our C chord, the sea and the G here. Now let's learn how to play the next chord. F f is built the same way. C D E f. There's r F note right there. Build it the same way F g a b c every other white. Now try playing that F court Now. Now, to make this a little bit more open sounding, we're going. Teoh, remove that middle note again now to make it a little bit easier to switch so that I don't have so far to go from my c chord to my f chord I'm gonna take that, see? And I'm gonna shift it all way down to the other C like that. All I did was take this, see on top of my court and I moved it down below. There we go. So now watches a zai switch From that f chord to the C chord, there's the f on There's r c chord that we learned earlier. F c c Try that with me. See, keep going, See one more time. See, now you can see how easy it is to switch from r C chord toe r f chord. Next we'll learn our final chord and that is G 4. Left Hand: G Chord: Okay, Now let's learn our last chord for the left hand and that's G So G is built the same way on the note of G. And if this was s, then this is G. We just follow the notes of the alphabet, f g. We're gonna build it the same way every other white note. Now, that's our G chord. But we're going to do something a little bit different to open this up. You can see that that would be quite a distance to switch from C f alway appear to G. So what we're gonna do it actually is. Play this as an active keeping my farm on G. I'm just gonna reach down here to the next G on There's the G. Now the G chord is really important because it's the five chord and the five chord pushes us back into our one court of C, which is our home base. So that's why it sounds really good to have this big, fat, beefy five chord the G chord. It is actually an octave of G because that big fat opted there is gonna push us really nicely back into R. C. 5. Left Hand: Practice Exercise: Now that you know your see your f on your G active. Now let's do a little exercise to practise switching between all of those so we can get really comfortable with it. I'm just gonna play four hits on each chord. Four beats we would say on each chord Watch me do it one time and then you can do after me . 1234 Thio Thio G Back to see your home days. Now you try it with me. This time I won't push my keys. I'm just going to move my hands so you can see where your fingers should go. 12 Here we go now Toe f now back to see back to G now to see our home base. There we go. That's a good exercise to practise switching between those three chords. Rewind this video in practice that a few times so you get really comfortable with it. Then we'll move on to the next video which is putting the right hand melody in 6. Class Project: Okay, let's talk about our class project. Our class project is going to be about posting our progress because everyone's gonna make progress a different rate. And that's the excited, exciting thing about communities like this is that we get to be encouraged by each other's progress and hard work. So please videotape your left hand playing through those chords and then upload the video and show us what you've accomplished. Videotape, your right hand playing the melody upload that video and showed us what you have accomplished. Okay, a bonus class project videotape both of your hands playing the left hand chords and the right hand melody together and post that video to our community so that we could all be encouraged by the progress and the hard work that you have done. 7. Right Hand: Melody (1st Half): okay. I just want to take a moment to remind you to videotape. Now the left hand chords that you've practiced upload those to the community so that we can see the progress that you're making. All right, we have our left hand chords down here and now we're ready to put in the right hand. Melody were using the simple song Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. The reason why we're using this song is because everyone's going to know it. It's really simple to sound out by year, and it will be really simple to put together with these cords. Then after you finish all these lessons, you can take what you've learned with these simple chords and sounding out of melody by ear . And you can send out your own songs that you really love. Okay, let's learn the melody now of Twinkle, twinkle little star. Here's the first half of the melody. I'll play it one time and then I'll talk you through it. I think that's the first half starts here on C and right after playing, see it has this jump up to G. We stay basically between C and G, but we borrow one note up here a before walking back down, so listen to it again. Jumped g a factor G Now we're gonna walk down now, as you're doing this, even if you're not a singer or don't feel that you can carry a tune singing I want you to say the words that you know in your head while we're playing this melody I'm gonna say it out loud now So you can hear that the words fall on the notes that were playing 12 Here we go. See that? So every night we play has a word attached to it In the next video, we'll learn the second half. 8. Right Hand: Melody (2nd Half): Now we're ready to learn the next part of the melody, and this is the only other different part of melody that we have to learn. And then there's just one more line on the end that comes, but it's the same as the first line that we already learned. So that will be pretty simple to tack on the end. Okay, here's the next part. Uh, you know, I'm going to say it with the words of the world. So like, uh, diamond in the sky. Okay, Now, I want you to try that with me, but I'm not gonna push the keys so that you can just play it on your own. 12 Here we go up above the world so high, like a diamond in the sky Now the last line that goes on there is the same as the first lines Tween girl between Teoh and that's the end. That is the whole thing. The next track is going to be a practice track so that you can practice playing the melody straight through. And I won't put any instruction in that video. It's just gonna be account in and then you can play along with me 9. Right Hand: Melody Practice Track: Here's the practice track for the right hand melody of Twinkle, twinkle, little star 1234 I want to take just a moment now to remind you videotape now the melody that you've learned in your right hand that we sounded out by year and upload that now to the community so that we can all be encouraged by the progress that you're making in the hard work that you've done 10. Hands Together: Playing Both Parts at the Same Time!: Okay, Now that we know the melody and we know the cords, we're going to practice putting them together, and I'll give you the first few lines here. I'll demonstrate how to put it together and walk us through it. And then after that, I want you to go to the practice track of the right and left hand together. And I want you just to go and play through that practice track and use your chord chart a bunch of times and, um, practice putting those left hand on the right hand together. Let's start that first line. This is how it will be played. Cool to F until now. Back to see her star. Let's play it again. Together 12 Here we go, star. Let's do that again. 12 Here we go. Go, star. Good job. Now we're gonna go on Teoh. Did you see that? So when we walked down there, that's where that G chord comes in. And you can see that on your chord chart. I'm gonna play it one more time now and I'm going to say the words so you can follow along on that chord chart and know where the cords should change. 12 Here we go, Geo 11. Hands Together: Practice Track: Now I'm going to give you a practice track for the entire song. The left and the right hand together. 1234 12. Bonus: For the Left and Right Hand: go. Uh, okay, now, just for fun. I'm going to give you something to spice up the right hand spice up the left hand a little bit because, really, as you practiced the possibilities for improv on a tune that you know is simple tune that you know, are pretty endless. And we're just beginning to open up that world creativity here in these videos. But as he practice, you'll start Teoh, you know think, Oh, maybe I'll change and this note or that Notre this rhythm or that rhythm and you'll be making little tiny tweaks based on your own creativity and preferences. And that's what really makes the music your own. So here's one example of something you could do to kind of make it your own a little bit Take the song to a new level Gonna play the melody the exact same way But I'm gonna keep the sea My thumb on the sea And every time I playing out I'm gonna play that, See with it it's gonna look like this 1234 You can see that I'm playing the melody the same way also playing that CEO and you could keep going throughout the whole melody and just keep that see down. Okay, here's your bonus for the left hand. We're gonna play all the cords exactly the same way it's gonna be. Tweak of rhythm now, Not a tweak of notes, but a tweak of rhythm and all that means that instead of just holding the cord like we were doing I'm gonna give a little extra hit on my phone right before I switch Way Might need to practice that rhythm a little bit before we're comfortable throwing it into the song. So do you see how I was just going back and forth between my C and my F? Let's do that together incorporating that extra rhythm that thumb hit starting on C 12 Here we go. We're gonna switch toe. Okay, Now I want you hit. Pause now and I want you to practice doing just what we were doing together going from C to F with that new rhythm incorporating that extra hit on the thumb 13. Bonus: Practice Track for left and right hand bonus': Okay, Here's the practice track for the left hand and the right hand put together with the bonus tweaks at it in. And I'm also going to play down there, my pedal, and that's gonna take it to another level as well. I'm just going to lift the pedal every chord. Change. 12 Here we go.