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The Fundamentals of Piano Playing Part 1

Elvire Boelee, Pianist

The Fundamentals of Piano Playing Part 1

Elvire Boelee, Pianist

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6 Lessons (18m)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. Lesson 1: The 7 keys of the piano and how to find them

    • 3. Lesson 2: Musical Terms

    • 4. Lesson 3: Fingering

    • 5. Lesson 4: Rhythm

    • 6. Lesson 5: Putting Everything Together

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About This Class

In this class you will learn the very basics of piano playing. You don't need any prior experience in music or in piano playing to follow this course. You do need a piano, this can be either an acoustic or a digital piano.

In the class you will be learning the 7 keys of the piano and how to find them, some basic musical terms, fingering, basic rhythm and I'll help you put everything together so that you can start learning all of the songs that I've uploaded for you in the Project section.*

* You can only see/download these songs on your computer, they don't show on the mobile version.

For this video we're keeping everything in the middle of the piano, so the 7 keys that I discuss in the first video are located right in front of you when you sit in the middle of the piano. 

I've attached the images of the 2 songs that I use as a demonstration in the videos so you can use those to follow along if you like. 



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Elvire Boelee



I started playing piano at the age of 6 and basically I've never stopped. I started winning prizes in competitions at just 11 years old, and at 19 I started studying at the Prins Claus Conservatory in Groningen (the Netherlands). I received my Bachelor degree in Classical Piano, and I've been teaching at the Music School Kunst&Coo (Art&Co) since January 2014. There I'm teaching piano to a little over 30 students of all ages and levels. It's from my students that most of my ideas for my Skillshare courses come. 

I've been drawing since I can remember. After choosing the Conservatory over Art school, art has been a little on hold, but I've recently started up my dream of trying to improve my art skills so that I'm able to depict all the stories and images music gives me.&... See full profile

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1. Introduction: Hi. My name is Elvia Will A. And I'm a doctor, concert pianist and teacher. This course is going to be for beginners. Very basics of piano playing. You won't need any experience with music or with piano to follow along with this course. In this course, we're going to learn What are the seven keys of the piano on how to find him? We're going to learn some musical terms fingering some basic rhythm. In the end, I'm going to show you how to put everything together and play your first song. If you want, you can record yourself doing your first song and uploaded in our test project section. For this class, you will need an instruments that can either be an acoustic one like this one or a digital one. I hope you have a lot of fun with this course. And don't forget to practice a lot. If you have any questions, let me know because I would love to help you 2. Lesson 1: The 7 keys of the piano and how to find them: Let's get started in this. Listen, we're going to learn seven keys of the piano and how to find them. So we're gonna start with the sea. The piano keys air named after the 1st 7 letters of the alphabet. But since the sea is the easiest to find on the piano, we're going to start there. Notice that you have alternating groups of Blackie's. For now, we're only going to use them to find Let's see, here we have a group of two like he's followed by a group three black keys and followed again by a group of to Becky's. And so long now, on the left side of every group of two Blackie's, you'll find the sea. This is the scene. The second group you see here on the left side is also seen. And this can continue the whole piano from the sea. Once you found it, you just continue alphabetically so the next key would be named. After that comes the eo catcher that comes followed by the G. That's the seventh letter of the alphabet from the G. We go back to the a a. See you see, we arrived with see on the left side at the two like he's okay. Getting to know the keys is the very first step that you have to take, and you have to practices for several weeks. Good exercises to practice them in order like we just did. But really great. It's all surgical backwards. So to start of the sea, going backwards is a B a G either the D. Rebecca to see. Is it because we're again on the left side off the group of two keys, just knowing them in order because you know the alphabet. Even if you know the alphabet backwards isn't enough, you really need to learn to recognize the keys so you'll notice. For example, this might help. You'll notice that on the left side of the two group of two cases to see on the right side is E. On and in the middle of a city. The same goes for the group of black keys, left side, the right side B. In the middle of June, you can find your own strategy. As long as you familiarize herself with the keys, you need to really get to know them. I know that at first, though, probably just seemed like a sea of white keys. But if you practices every day for a couple of weeks, you'll really learn to recognize them easily. Now take a few minutes to get to know the keys before you continue to the next lesson. In our next lesson, we will learn some musical terms. 3. Lesson 2: Musical Terms: this lesson. We're going to learn some musical terms. The first term we're going to learn is a bar. Music is to fight it into bars just like a story is divided into sentence. Everything between these two vertical lines is a bar. So this is a bar and this is a bar. This piece has eight horse. Every bar has a number of beats and the number of bees you can see at the start of the peace in the two numbers that they're on top of each other. This is called a time signature. Now I know there's two numbers, but I want you for now, to pay attention only to the upper number. Upper numbers shows us how Maney beats there are in a bar. So in this case will see that with this piece, the upper numbers of three. This means that throughout this piece, in every bar there are three beats. Now, if you don't completely understand what I mean with beets, don't worry, because in Lesson four I will be explaining this further. For now, Just remember that the two numbers at the start of a piece is called Time Signature and the upper number shows us the amount of beats in a bar. No, Our notes are written on five lines. As you see, these five lines are called a step. Now you see that there are two staffs connected with a bracket. This is called a system. So you see that this piece has to system. Now, At the start of the staff are two symbols on the upper staff, you see. But G Cliff for now, I want you to remember that everything written on the upper staff with the G clef you play with your right hand on the lower staff. The symbol there is called the F. I want you to remember for now that everything written on the lower staff with the F glove you play with your left hand. Now these two staff So the whole system you read it from left to right. So you will be reading those two staff at the same time. Now you know that the peace has come to an end when you see this thick vertical stripes the end of the song of school Fina. Let's go over these musical terms one more time. We know now that music is divided into bars and that the buyers have a certain amount of beats this weekend. Check at the beginning of the piece to look at the upper number of the time signature. This shows us how Maney beats there are in a bar. We know that everything written on the upper staff with a G clef we have to play with the right hand and everything on the lower staff with the F cliff, we have to play with our left hand. We know that these two staffs are connected, and we read them from left to right. This is called a system. We also know that the song ends when we see the thick vertical stripe at the end, which is called FINA. Now that we've learned these musical terms, we're ready for the next lesson, which will be about fingering. 4. Lesson 3: Fingering: this lesson is about figuring, you know, playing. We give our fingers numbers. It's very important with what finger we play. What key In the beginning, the finger rings will be included in the music. As you can see here in this score, there are numbers written and later on you will learn to make your own fingering. For now, let me tell you which numbers Lato Which fingers? So we always start with some for one 1234 by. So that's pretty simple. Just remember that for the left hand, we also start with one here. So 12345 Okay, so how to use this? You see, now that in the song that I've written for you, the first note is a G about this G is within a number four. So take a second to remember what was the fourth finger. And then when you're ready, take a second to figure out where the G was. Once you did that, I'll show you, and you can check if you're right. So we're putting our fourth finger on the G, and we can just Maybe not. We'll see that the next note I've written a set of two. This is for my students who got confused. But if generally, if there's no written anything, just lay the note with the finger that's already prepared on the key. If you put your fourth finger allergy automatically, your fifth finger should be on the A. Your third finger should be on the F. Your second finger should be on the and your first finger should be on the D. If this is not the case than take now, the time to prepare all the fingers. Okay, so the next fingering we see is written in the lower system, which means it's for the left hand. We see a number one, which is always a some, and we have to prepare it on the see. So let's go now and prepare it. No, we're ready to play the first song. But first, before we start playing, I will explain something about rhythm. In the next video 5. Lesson 4: Rhythm: this lesson, we're going to learn the different notes in the different lengths that notes half. You can imagine that not all notes one beat that would make music pretty boring. Going to take another song to demonstrate Misty here is Oldman. Don sure you all know this stuff. We see three different types of notes here. We see like nose. We see white. Now you see a white that is just hovering in the NIA. It has no system, so all these knows look different because they're different. Lettuce Black known, is called 1/4 note, and his one beat Why not with them is called 1/2 note in his two bits. Now the final note is called a whole note. Four minutes. So we can either be faster or slower. That's what you decide. But it should be one in the same tempo throughout the whole piece from beginning to end. So if you decide on fast, so got fast should be fast all the way through, so we'll be deserved stable but can be faster or store. All of my students say that the quarter note is one second. Now I understand what they mean with that. But that is from because the second is always safe and the beach could be fast reversal. No, here comes the part that most of my students don't like. What? Actually, it's really fun. I'll try to convince you anyway. It's very important that you so what is always very important Step learn any new songs. I still do it when I'm learning new pieces is to count out loud while you're playing. This is the absolute on leeway to develop a great sense of rhythm. You should make a habit of looking always first to the Times ignition, and you'll see that it's different from our preview song. If you look at the upper note, you'll see that is now before. Which means that there are four beats in every bar of this something we can't until four and every next part was started. One. So the first bar has 4/4 notes, which you're all one beat that goes like this second bar you'll see has 2/4 notes and 1/2. No, 1/2 note is two beats. I'm gonna start in the second bar now. 1234 The third bar has again for what your notes and the last far has a whole note, which is four beats. I'm going to play the whole system for you to demonstrate how to come these different notes . 13434 So now, if that's too challenging, because it is actually quite tricky, I would recommend that you can't. Only I would recommend practicing this every day until you are able to count for while you're playing with any song that you're playing. This is just really one of the most important aspects to really get the hang. So practice with continental bombs every day that you practice play your song wants through at least once with counting out loud and don't get discouraged if it takes you a couple of weeks. That is really not crazy. It might take a while, but it's definitely worth it to keep on practicing once a day. And if you can't from the first time just confident for the notes until you're comfortable with that and then try to move on to go for Don't worry if you couldn't follow along with this demonstration because in the next lesson I'll help you put everything together 6. Lesson 5: Putting Everything Together: in this lesson, We're going to put everything together. Just let's go through the steps one more time. First of all, we need to get to know the keys so we can always find the see if we look at the group off to Lucky's on the left side, excited to the see The notes that follow are in alphabetical order. So after the sea comes D three e for effort and the GPO after the G, we go back to the A the B and finally we're back to see now for this song. First note is a G So if we think back to where the g waas Don't worry if you can't find it at once, Just got from the sea Yes, G Okay, now, second step we found a note and we're playing with the correct hand. The next step is to use the correct fingering. As you see, there's a reason the number four above the G. This means that we're going to use our fourth finger. The numbers would give to our fingers. Starts at the thumb with number 1234 So we're going to put the fourth finger on the G remember if you lost the G just counted out from the sea again and remember to practice for several weeks until you confined every key on the piano with ease. How the next note isn't e and after that comes a D, and you should play them with fingers that are on those keys. You'll see that second figures on the E and the first finger is on the D. So now that we have our heads in the right position, we're going to pay attention to the rhythm. The time signature is always at the beginning of every piece. And remember, for now to look only at the upper number, which is in this case, the number three. This means that there are three beats in every bar when we should come to three while practicing this own well. The final step is, of course, to play it, and I would recommend it for the first time. You practice it one war at a time, so we're going to try the first part first and do it once without counting like I did now and try it once with County. If you feel brave enough, you can try toe immediately. Follow it up by a second bythe. Okay, I'm going to play the song once threw for you so that you can check to see if you have it right. And practice yourself also, Theo. That's it for this course. Make sure that you practice all the songs that I have attached to you. It will help you get the hang of everything you've learned in this course. If you like Big One song and record it, share the link in the project section. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask because I'd love to help you out.