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Beginners Piano

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7 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Piano Intro

    • 2. The Notes

    • 3. Scales

    • 4. Arpeggios 1 4 5

    • 5. Chords (TRIADS)

    • 6. First Song

    • 7. 2 5 1 + Jazz

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About This Class

In this course I will be demonstrating a step by step tutorial on the piano basics. NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. You will learn key skills such as constructing chords, learning scales and developing a piano technique. The class contains note names, scales, arpeggios, chords, chord progressions and a song to practice. 

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All that is required is a keyboard! (Or piano) and preferably a camera of any quality to upload for class project.


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1. Piano Intro: Hello everyone and welcome to my piano class. My name is David, and in these next few videos, I'm going to teach you how to play the basics of the piano. So the fundamentals of the piano is obviously the notes, scales, chords, and arpeggios. Now, as you can see above the keyboard, that will be notes falling down so that if you're stuck or maybe you're struggling to understand me, you can pause the video anytime, slow down or rewind. Along the way, we're going to cover some technical terms, such as melody, harmony and versions and seventh chords as well. But we'll get to that further down the line. After this course, you'll be able to endlessly improvise at the piano in front of your friends, family. Or maybe if you just want to learn how to write your own songs. And once you taken the course and you've completed and you've taken all the skills away, you can decide if you want to further progressed and intermediate level. If you want to, I don't know, you can get into blues or you could do jazz. Or you could even start learning classical. This course is the best way to start your journey at the PM. So let's begin. 2. The Notes : So, welcome guys. This is less than 1. First things first, just make sure you're saying comfortably and the keyboards, you nicer. Last, try. Keep your posture upsell fairly straight and position yourself at the center, the keyboard. Make sure you're her arms length of it. So if you lay your hands naturally flat like that and you just raise them up, you'll see that touch your fingers should be a rotor. Spins it, you can just reach either say that the keyboard. The next thing you want to do before you play, It's just make sure you're relaxed, particularly around your hands and especially your wrists. You want to avoid being super tense at the piano. Because eventually you will injure yourself if you keep playing and practicing like that. It's supposed to be a very fun and the keyboard is not going to buy. You. Just have your hands placed over the keyboards and relaxed position and just play some notes. Okay? Now this node here is called middle C. This is the center of the keyboard. This is a c. That's the same, that's a c that's the same. That's the same. Now, on any full-size keyboard, there's usually 88 keys. All the keys, however, are made up of seven node names. So just the same way we have the alphabet a, B, C, D, E, F, G. Makes sense, right? So this just repeats all the way up the keyboard. So down here is a, a, a, just the same way that we had seen. So let's, let's try this. So chromatically. So chromatically just means no for now. All the way up, four, all the way down. So up here we have a. And then there's no here this black notes called a sharp. B, C, C sharp, D, D sharp, E, F, F sharp, G, G sharp a. And it just goes like this by day, by day. So if you're ever lost at the piano, you want to determine what note as well. Use the pipe notes to help you are so few me back the middle. See, you know, this is a C because it's to the left in these two black notes. And just remember that. So you know, that's a C to C. And then once you land, this is an F, okay, three black notes left of that F. These five nodes are referred to as sharps going up and going down the way descending. They're referred to as flats. So that's B-flat. E-flat, G-flat. E-flat differ. But it's also known as C sharp, D sharp, F sharp, G sharp, a sharp. Know the difference between a C sharp and D flat. There's no difference, just the same node. So I would recommend before you move on to the next lesson of skills, is that you go through that chromatic scale just going up. So start with a, a sharp, B, C, C sharp, D, D sharp, E, F, F sharp, G, G sharp. And just, just did are all the way at the keyboard. Gaze to some of the names and try them out at different spots. See if you can identify what the key is. Okay. I'll see you back here for less than two. 3. Scales : Okay guys, welcome to lesson two. Now that we've established the node names, we can begin to look at scales. Now, there are many different skills to learn. But for this lesson, we will start with C major and a minor, which are all the white notes of the keyboards. Simple enough. So let's try C major. Now, here's the most important thing when it comes to skills. Numbering your fingers one-to-five from the thumb outwards. So this is 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and the left-hand one, 2345. So C major and the right-hand starting and middle C, we want to go 123, and then we want to talk the thumb underneath 12345. So we'll just go over that again. 1, 2, 3, tuck the thumb. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. And by the way, it's just the same. 54321321. So just that pivot there, 54321321. Now, on the other hand, an octet lower, we start 54321, pivot 3, 2, 1. So again, 54321321 and back the way it, 1231, 2345. Okay, now let's try this hands together very slowly. Remember, you can pause the video at anytime and rewind. And until you feel comfortable and departments in your head and make sure you get that down now. 1234512345. So important that you get that down. Okay. So I'm just going to demonstrate an a minor this time. Pivot. And the other hand, 3213212312345. And hence together. So that's where the have fast you start. I wanted to get it like you don't want to be going too fast, you want to stay accurate. So let's just try it in a minor, C major. That's about as fast as you want to get it. So the benefit of learning these skills is that it will make you more comfortable with the piano. Dry now sound and move your hands and wrists more comfortably while living. Improving your techniques. I practice these two scales, the C major and a minor. With the finger technique I showed you 123123454321321 and right-hand and the left-hand, 5432132112312345. Now get that on those two. And then the next lesson we'll move on to arpeggios. 4. Arpeggios 1 4 5: Hello everyone and welcome back. Now that you've learned your first skills, it's important to cover arpeggios. Now, arpeggios are similar to skills, that they are a technical exercise for the piano. Designed to strengthen your wrists, your dexterity, and your accuracy. The piano, it spread, developing your muscle memory basically. So append Jews are a very useful technique to practice a few more to progress with classical repertoire. Or maybe you want to get an, a jazz, learn maybe a little bit more records. So let's start just with the basics. On the C major scale. And in the right-hand, your numbering will be 1, 2, 3, and 5. So it's your first finger, your second finger, your third finger, and perform a finger on the notes C, E, G, and C. And in the left-hand OB 5, 3, 2, and 1. So just on C, E, G, and C. Now try them both together. C, E, G, C, and then the way C, G, b, c. So now I want to move on and try a progression. So this is maybe a little bit challenging for your first time seeing arpeggios, but we'll go real slow and this will be really important for your next lesson. So we're going to play our arpeggio and see that we've already done. And then we're going to jump over to F and play F, a, C, F. And then we're gonna go one up and play G, B, D, G. And then we're going to go back down to C. Now this is called a 1 4 5 progression. It's called a 1 4 5 progression because it's the first node in the C major scale, the fourth note and the C major scale and the theft know our position in the C major scale is used a lot in popular music, and it's also particularly used in grassroots blues music. So have a practice that those arpeggios, C Major, F major, G major. And I'll see you in the next lesson. 5. Chords (TRIADS): Hello everyone, Welcome back. Today we're going to be talking records and particularly triads. So this chord here is the C major triad, is made up of C, which is the first, E, which is the third, and g, which is the perfect fifth. Now this chord is used in all popular music. Piano songs you've probably heard the plate is 1000 times. And we're going to play a little bit these chords over the 1, 4, 5 progression that we learned last week. So you're just going to play in your left-hand the written notes, which is C, F, and G. And then your right hand, you're going to play C, E, G for the C major chord, F, a, C for the F chord. And GBD, the G chord, and back there. So we're just kind of like a basic rhythm, just nice and slow, just to get used to just lifting the hands up and getting those possessions up to G. Give that a try. And in the next lesson we'll be learning can have fallen in love by Elvis Presley. 6. First Song: Hi guys, welcome back. Today is the day that we're going to learn our first sum. And it's gonna take, it's going to be in C Major, which I'm sure you're all familiar with Justin. And the song is, can't help falling in love by Elvis Presley. So it's in C major and it goes something like this. Okay? So while I'm playing here at the very start, this is the intro, is the C major triad, but the C in the bass and the left. G major, C major, G major. Now that's the intro. You just play that twice. C major, G major. C major, G major. Okay? So now we're going on to the first verse, but you see major and a broken chord. So it's similar to the arpeggios that we learned, tethering. Now this is just the three notes. So you play the real first, E minor. And E minor. Hey, play this one twice. Then darn F patches see an allergy again. And then F, G, a, F, C, G, C. Now, the most important thing is you just take it as slow as possible. If you want. I recommend planing through just for the cards. And have a listen to the song here when those vocals come and have a go at that. And I'll see you in next lesson. 7. 2 5 1 + Jazz: Hello everyone and welcome back to another and the last piano lesson I have for this beginner's guide, this last session as a relatively short session, and I just wanted to go over 25 one chord progression. Now, if you remember the 145 blues progression we done previously, then this should be a piece of cake. And it's a really great progression to use for improvising rent piano. So we're going to start in the usual key of C, and we're going to use our left hands for the chords. Now we're going to be using seventh chords for this exercise. So the seven just means the seventh note in the scale. So if you go C-major, 5, 6. So in this instance it's going to be B. So our first court she's heard like that. It gives a little bit more flavor to to just the basic triad. And it's not quite as basic as a film stretch cord. So we're going to be in the key of C major, but we want to start here on the second position, which is D minor. So we're playing D, F, a, and C. And they are. Second chord is G dominant seven, which is G, B, D, and F. Now the last chord, the first position, would be back to see. So altogether it should sound like this as a very nice resolve to now, instead of jumping around here to here to here, which is a dramatic. There's a little cheat that we have for this. So we play the D minor chord to start with the usual position. And the notes for the G dominant, R, G, B, D, and F. But what we can do is we can just lift this ANC, bring them down. So we play D minor, G dominant. C major. Just have a go at them progression just now. So D minor, still staying on the D and F. Now the reason I'm teaching you this progression is because it's a great progression to use if you want to get better at jazz piano. For example, while you're playing this progression in C major, you can just refer around on this C major pentatonic. Now the C major pentatonic is just C, D, E, F, G, a, and then you're back to C. So it's these five notes, G, C, D, E, G, a. Now we'll cover a lot more of this in our next course in an intermediate. But if you want to have a go in the meantime, give that a try, play those cards, and just refer and just have fun with it. And then you can eventually get them, please note to them Lexend. But we can go over that in our next intermediate class. Until then. Enjoy playing. And I really hope you enjoyed this. Thank you very much. Bye.