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Practical piano lessons - Learn how to play for real

Heshan Ekanayake

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7 Lessons (21m)
    • 1. Introduction to the course

    • 2. Introduction to the white keys

    • 3. Introduction to tones and semi tones

    • 4. Introduction to the black keys

    • 5. Introduction to intervals

    • 6. Introduction to intervals (Cont.)

    • 7. Introduction to staccato & legato


About This Class

I want to focus this course on teaching people practical skills on how to learn and play the piano. It will not be heavily focused on theory. Instead, it'll start from the very beginning of what a piano is and how to be able to play it practically.

Want to play your favorite pop songs on the piano? This course will take you on a step by step guide to being able to listen to and try to recreate songs you want.

I'll give you the knowledge.

The rest depends on how much effort you're willing to put in.


1. Introduction to the course: Hello, everyone. Welcome to my online practical piano lessons course, This is the introductory episode, and today I will be running you down on what this entire courses overall gonna be about. So you can find many other courses online which you teach you probably the piano music theory and lots of things. But in my course, I want to, mainly from start from the very beginning, introduced European enemies. Show you what the keys are and slowly build you up. So build you up in a way that you will be able to practically play a piano. For example, if you want to play for the the keyboards in a band or if you want to, like, listen to your favorite pop songs and try to recreate them on the piano, if you just be you're going for a professional level. All the beginnings. Uh, my goal is to be able to take you from Step 1 200 Now, once again, I do want to emphasize that my course it's more targeted towards the practical side. And although we will be going through some theory, music theory covering music theory is not the main focus off this practical lesson, and therefore, if you do want to follow along this course, you will most likely need to have your own cable, even if it may not be having all 88 keys as even if it's a small keyboard, you will be needing some form of cable to be able fall along this course. Enough of one thing I'd actually like you, even probably before going on to the following episode. Them trying to play, learn how to play. If you do have your keyboard activity already, then why don't you just jump in and just I invite you to before So doing the lessons, Just try. Do play some random sounds. Okay, cannot hear anything, do you? One second I do invite you to try and just press some random keys and, you know, see what kind of sound you can get. One problem people have a lot is they're afraid to try the biggest part off. Being trying to play a song is actually being willing to make mistakes and learn from them . Sure, at first we won't. We won't be listening to song and playing it exactly as it is that request many years off, training but to start off, it does many things you can do. And one of the biggest things I wanted to do is get rid of that fear off playing, touching the keyboard. Just it doesn't have to have a melody. Doesn't have to be consistent. I just want you to I just wanted it can be dissonant or anything. Doesn't matter what it sounds like. Just get rid of the fear off making sounds with the piano. That's the first step, and that's probably all that's gonna be for this video, so I hope to see you guys in the following episodes. 2. Introduction to the white keys: Hello, Everyone in today's lesson will be going through the basics off what XP Ana is and the very basic things you need to know when playing it, so to start off it. Normally, a piano is an acoustic instrument, although the one I have here and electronic one. The fundamental theory is that any person of the kids in an acoustic piano hammer drop down and hit down on one of the many strings that correspond to the key that you have pressed and the vibrations of the stream will produce the sound that you want. A combination off these songs generates music, so in general, a full piano has 88 keys, although for keyboards they can come in various Wallace sizes. Now. For this course, you do not need to have a full 88 keyboard, though it could be helpful if you had one. So to start off with a bone to let you know that in the piano you can see like, for example, in mining, you see 88 case. However, there are only true of keys that you need to learn it. Everything else is just a repetition off the same key. We have seven white keys and five black keys on the keyboard. Now I do know I don't want you to classify these as White Keys and Blackie's permanently new head, although that is how you would visually see them. They have their own names, and they have their own purposes. Now there's a thing where a lot of people are extremely afraid off playing black keys, the black color keys. But I really don't understand the VIII such a fevers broader because for me, the Black Keys are very helpful. I mean, imagine if all of this he survived, then you'd have no way of knowing that you were. But because you have black and white alternating alternative keys, you it's like a road map you know can use the black uses reference to know where you are because or as you can see it, or Wisconsin peels off to Blackie's three Blackie's to Blackley Street blockades. And if you look at any pair off to Blackie's the divide, keep before it will all this be they're not see, So this is a C. C. Thing, and in music even, you know one point you can just move onto the rest and usually alphabetically. It would be everyone else here. English, Africa. It's a BCG if you you know everything but musically the start from C and then proceed normally until G and then recur back toe a b So that would be something like nor this is all for the pikeys. See, So now I want you to go to your own keyboard and try to start from C and go up. Keep doing this until familiar bit this just just one, OK, the term he's octave, you know, if you don't know what that is already I will be teaching that in future. But all you need to know is that monopolies basically everything we did not days like a set and everything else is just this set repeating. See, it's the same thing. It's the same pattern recurring. So if you know that if now this is C E. B and after that against C F T B. And that just keeps recurring. So finale all. No need to worry about what the Black Keys are called. Just focus on the white case, Teoh. That's all you need to be focused on right now. And that's all for this episode. So hope to see you guys next 3. Introduction to tones and semi tones: So you guys were coming The sort of discourse. So in the previous absorbed, I talked to what? The May 7 major cases and now you wish the next step would be to name the Black Keys. But before that in this episode, I want to take a small time a lot of time and actually teach you a small thing that is semi tones and tones. This will be very important later on was even when naming the blackest thats a C, then a semi tone or 1/2 step would be the key right after it, and that it's not this that is a full tone. The key after this sea is this Blackie which we haven't named yet. But that is a semi tone higher than see another semi tone. This so two semi tones would make a full tone. So from C A full tall would be the another Full tone would be. But another full tone would be this because remember a full step or tone if two semi tones from here off the step, another half step and that's what makes it from step. So that would be how it would proceed. So what you need to know is that regardless of color, if you move from one key to the next, DeBakey doesn't matter which direction could be up. Order could be up or down. Ah, you will be moving a semi tone. If you remove two semi tones. That's a full tone or a full step. That's it for this episode. Guys hope to see you guys in the next time. 4. Introduction to the black keys: Hey, guys, Remember the fourth installment of the scores in this absorbed? I want to Now that you know what a semi tone and Tony's, I want to introduce you to the Black Keys. Now, as I've said in the second of the sword, many people are afraid of this place kids. But honestly, they are very helpful. For example, imagine if this blackness didn't exist then you would actually And if all the keys providing color then you'd have to be able to tell by ear Vaki is what either that order to start from the first key and then like work your way up, which would be extremely tedious. But due to the existence of these Black Keys, you know where you are now. As far as the names of the blackest go, they actually don't have their own name. They rely on the white case to name them So for example, if you practiced from the second listen, you should know that this is not see? It's also the center. See, I will come to that later. So if you start from this see, we need to go one semi tone higher to go to this Blackie and when you move from a key, you call that sharpening the note. So going from here to here, the sea is getting sharp and it's going higher. Your shopping it again. It's going higher, sharpened, sharpening, sharpening dust for C. Then you suck sharp and see. You get seeing shop, you sharpen it again. It actually technically would be C sharp, sharp, but it has its own names of equality. You sharpen it again, the shop which can also be see shop, shop, shop. But we don't need to do that. That's a much easier way to do it. But that is basically how the black Keys are named. They are named relative to divide keys next to them. But you will not that if you take any single black key on the keyboard, it will have to white case next to it. So for this key that we identified a C shop, it has to see. But it also said the after it. So some of you may be asking, Why can't the name it after that? And we can. But here's the difference. So if you start from the D, then you're going down to go that key that is called flattening the key. So if this is the your flattening, be to get the flat. If you go again, you get b flat. That which is also yes, see. And as you can see, this is how Blackie's are named each. Every single Blackie has two names. The speech is not unique to only the Black Keys. For example, if we take this, if you remember, should be a Beano. This is me and this is C. But C is technically just be sharpened, so see can. If anyone says be sharp, then you should know that it's referring to C and C flat. It's referring to be in such a similar manner. Shop will be referring toe on a flat would be referring toe. You might be wondering why we need to name it like such and do not body will be calling that in the future actually does have its own meaning. It's not just something people do for fun. So now that you know what each KIIS, I want you to practice so like C C shall be almost any shop which is not wrong. But once again, that's all they were so I want you to keep practicing until you're familiar with the Black Keys and then start using them with the right case. So this would be useful if you had a friend. Or if there's some software which can do it. Just if you had a friend tell, never see a random key. Jump to it, say, See, jumped it. City jumped it. That's how you should be doing it through that just really fix the notes into your head, because that becomes very important in the future, especially from when did go beyond this, For example. Now this is just taking a single thing very quick cause you have to reflect seem to be able to go to the root, not just through muscle memory. So just drill it into your memory and that's all there is for the service. Old guys, seal it 5. Introduction to intervals: you guys have under the fifth installment off this Conlin piano course, and today in this episode, we will be talking about something very, very important, but also very, very foundational. If you want to be able to listen to a song and recreated on the keyboard, this is something you must. You have to train in as much as you can, and that is intervals. So what I, diverse in diverse, basically refer to the distance between certain note. For example, if you take the sea and this c sharp, we know the distance between that is half a step, and that half a step has a name that interval the distance off 1/2 step as the name. And here, in this case, it's called a minor second. But as such, that's a name for every any distance that you could have on the keyboard. So in this episode, we're gonna learn the major intervals. So if you start with SIA's other route, not all reference not which basically means it's gonna be the first note. As I said, an interval is the distance between two notes. So if we make see, our starting not begins the first interval is a perfect union, and that's basically another s saying, Set me a clip the same thing twice. A perfect union. Basically, it's a distance off. Nothing. You're clicking the same note Now, if you click on the sea and go 1/2 step higher that I would be in my a minor second. And then if you actually might recognize this from Sanga, Because if you alternate between the two a two keys in a minor second interval, you probably recognize that from the Joe Steam, which is very famous. So moving on if you go a full step. So see to be that is a major second, but not the one in minor turn. Another half step. Imagine Third says against it is a patent. You start with the root note Perfect union minus second nature. Second minor third magic and then you expect the next one to be a minor fourth. But it's actually called a perfect fourth, just like the first key and a perfect. The one key feature, remember, is a perfect key does not have in mind or magic. As the name signifies. It's perfect. So you start from C. That's a perfect union minus second major, second minor Perfect union. And then this is This also has its own unique name, which is a tryto so going from C to F Sharp is a tri tone. Then going another hostage, you would have a perfect fifth, then a minor sixth, a major six minus 77 uh, and octu and after it's basically going from one No. Two the same north without having it in between. So c c on appeal. This did This is not enough because that's another scene between. It has to be the two closest sees Dave once again. Don't be fixed that if you start from see, this is a minor second, maybe a second mind major. No, you can start from any key. You can make any key a reference key so we could start from G. So it's mine. A second major second line as so on so far, they can't even start from a black kid. From this I want you to memorize for the intervals are and a major aspect off playing off, listening to song and playing. It is being able to listen to this song and identify the intervals in the because a melody line will have interest been moving from one pitch to another. That's an endeavor. That's the difference off an interest. The distance between two notes. If you can identify the distance between the two notes, then you can recreate it on the piano as long as you know the start. No. So this is what year training and most basically here. Interval training is so important you have to be able t o perfect fifth. 6. Introduction to intervals (Cont.): now there are many ways that you can do this, and one of the most common basis to I didn't is to worry about it. Um, match a song matches in the word I'm looking for, but it's to assign a song as it is to assign a song to an interval. For example, Um, nice, I said, Joe seems for the minor. Second, using the jaw steam is very, very much the norm. And if you want to remember the perfect fourth, for example, something I used to use here comes the bride. So it's from here. Uh oh. Here comes the bride, and that's all. You remember that I used to remember the mine iter from the song Greensleeves, I think, I think, Yeah, so you can use different songs. If you go onto Google, you can find many lists, which give you a list of songs that you can use to memorize the most. Sometimes you can even use songs. You know, once you get used to habitually would recognise how intervals you recognized intervals and assign your own sense to them. And the more you practice the fast to develop this, the more use due to become the fast, you'll be able to identify the pictures, and at one point you just people listen to a song and months, you know, the key signature and everything. You can just easily jump between, jump onto the piano and play. But that is by interval. Training is so, so important before you want to be able to listen to a song and play it, and that's all that's gonna be for the good guys. See you guys in the next time. 7. Introduction to staccato & legato: Hi, guys. Welcome to the sixth part off this video, Siri's. And in today's episode, we will be learning to different methods off playing off, fundamentally pressing the keys. Basically in piano. There are two major vase in which you can play the keys and that it's to Carter and Lo Gatto. Sista cardio basically means to play each note individually. There is no connection between two notes. What I mean by that it's like to short practically is, if ever, to go up from C. Uh huh. You can see that between any two notes. There was no connection there. Were there supposed, there was silence. Even if I go faster, this the silence between the notes is what makes it staccato. It each no place individually. And for Lo Gatto, Lagardere means playing the notes together as in not pressing them simultaneously. But rather by the time the second note place, the first notice not done yet. So ah, very commonly of place the car to is to use the sustain pedal that you don't really have to be worried about ending after the pressing it. That's basically the difference with Mr Carter and the guards. So that's it for this episode. Guys hope to see you guys in the next