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Music Facts Before You Play the Piano

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

Knowing how to play the piano is one of the most rewarding experiences both children and adults.  Today, I will go over a few tips for beginners to learn how to play a piano in just minutes.  But before I do that, I will go over a few facts that I feel are important to know about the history of the piano.  

Bartolomeo Cristofori, an Italian music shop owner is accredited to having invented the lovely piano in the late 1600s in Padua, Italy.  When the piano was initially introduced to the public in the early 1700s the general public was unable to afford it due to its hefty price tag.  Therefore, only the powerful and affluent owned pianos in their homes.  Fortunately that has changed as today there are piano in the homes of millions of people around the world.  

The piano is made out of more than 10,500 parts.  Some of the materials used are wood, plastic, and metals such as copper.  In fact most of he parts will move once you play the keys in the piano as most parts are interconnected with each other.     

A few tips I give to beginners is to learn the basics such as knowing that the piano has 88 keys, which only consist of the colors white and black.  Also, musical notes range from the letters A to G.  The notes on the right side are lighter in pitch while the notes on the left side have a deeper sound pitch. The C note is very important to identify at the beginning as it is a starting point for many songs -- you will find it to the left of the two black keys. The first step is to find any two black keys and point to them. The C is on the left side of the left black key.

Also, hand and body posture are very important when playing the piano. Your body should always portray a confident image and your hands should be flexible and never stiff. The placement of your fingers and hand are critical and the best tip I can give you is to pretend you are holding a tennis ball.  Maintaining your tennis-ball hand shape, gently place your hand in the piano and that's it.  That is how your hand should be curved at all times when playing the keyboard or piano.  One mistake most beginners make is to place their thumbs away from the piano keys so try to remember to keep all fingers lightly positioned on the piano. 

Learning how to play a piano takes discipline and persistence.  If you have never taken piano before the first day can be stressful as you try to adjust to playing different notes with your fingers, sometimes four notes at the same time.  The best advice I can give beginners is to practice daily for 20 minutes during your first month of lessons.  This way your constant exposure will make it easier to remember notes, sounds, and increase your ability to play songs faster.  As with any endeavor in life, success will come after persitence, dedication, and hundreds of hours dedicated to learning everything you need to know about the piano.      



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