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As a beginner piano student, how do you learn to play piano online? That’s easy…FROM US! We believe that a good start to a beginner piano lesson must provide an anchor note from which to branch out of.

Ours is middle C.

We realize that this may be a bit on the elementary side, but the problem with many online piano courses is that they assume you may have more musical knowledge than you actually have. If some of this stuff is not new to you, go over it anyway. Sometimes a concept explained in a different way seems to make more sense.

Ok, enough with the chit-chat. Let's get into some piano playing meat and potatoes.

A piano has groups of two and three black notes throughout its compass. If your piano has different groupings of black notes, you either need a new piano or a very strong cup of coffee.

The white notes that are located just to the left of a group of two black notes is a C. On a full size piano, the forth C from the bottom (extreme left) of the keyboard is middle C. On a small keyboard, the name of the piano manufacturer is usually around the middle C area. Most simple beginner compositions and technical exercises begin in this area.

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To explain a bit better, here is a video showing middle C on my piano at home.

Your beginner piano lessons must also stress that fingerings (which note you place each finger on) is of the utmost importance. Each finger is represented by a number as follows: one - thumb, two - index, three - rude and aggressive finger, four - married or seriously taken finger and five - the pinky.

Find out more at our piano notes fingering page.

White notes on a piano are named in alphabetical order (going from left to right). However, the white note to the right of G is A, not H. Saying H will give your musician friends ammunition for at least two weeks of ridicule towards you. There’s even a chance that some well informed non-musician friends will take potshots. Beware!

Learn more about white key notes by clicking here

At this point, there are a few ways in which we can proceed. Beginners should stick to our free piano lessons guide and click on the sharps and flats link at the bottom of this page. Pianists with some prior training can either stick with our free lessons and review the basics, or check out our piano chords link. However, if you decide to go to the chords link, please review the next three paragraphs and the notation charts below. These charts can be cross referenced with the above keyboard diagram.

Let’s talk briefly (three paragraphs) about the basic essentials that make up piano music. Piano music is made up of scales and chords. Some people might argue, “What about arpeggios, man. Arpeggios can be a part of a piece too, man!” This is true, but an arpeggio is basically a spread out chord.

The word scale comes from the Italian word scala, which means ladder. A scale is simply a bunch of notes that move stepwise up a piano keyboard (to the right) or down a piano keyboard (to the left). The distance between each note in a scale is usually a step or a half step. A half step is called a semitone (the distance between adjacent notes) and a step is called a tone (the distance of two semitones). Please see our major chords link if you need further clarification of the term semitone.

A chord is the sound of a number of notes (usually three or more) simultaneously. Chords are the basis of harmony and harmony is the vertical music that accompanies the horizontal melody.

 

If you would like to see a larger size of this music graphic you can go here.

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If you would like to see a larger size of this music graphic you can go here.

 Piano Lesson Articles

Piano Notes Fingerings
Find out how to number your fingers so all of these charts start to make some sense.

Sharps and Flats
See how to find where the sharps and flats are on the piano keyboard.

Musical Note Values
What are musical note values? It is a tough but important topic.

Want to Learn a Song?
Come on. Enough reading, let's play something simple.

Where is Middle C?
Find out how to find this note on your keyboard.

The White Note Keys. Where are they?

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