Piano lessons are some of the most popular music activities. Many people however rely on physical tutoring to perfect the art of playing the piano. This is not always convenient to everyone especially when in remote locations or when the lessons happen to be quite costly. Here are 5 of the top YouTube lessons that can help you to grasp the basics of playing the piano successfully and their respective channels/tutors.
Two-handed playing Lesson: Piano lessons on the web
The lesson deals with struggles to play different rhythms and notes with both hands. The lesson also gives tips, examples, and exercises that help develop two-handed playing skills to produce a more meaningful sound such as;
- Learning the practice piece using separate hands first until you know it well. Once you know the piece, introduce the other hand to play simultaneously its other piece.
- Playing slowly when using both hands. This helps to make better eye and hand coordination and makes adapting to the use of two hands much easier. The same tricks help even seasoned players when they are playing an unfamiliar tune.
- Avoiding complicated rhythms and using simple notes that are pretty basic initially.
- Learning Scales; familiarising with the skills first using one hand again and at a slow pace and when comfortable, picking up the pace and using both hands.
How to read notes: Musicians inspired
- Get the piece of music in vantage and visible point.
- Remember that every note on the piano has an exact visual note representation. For example, a piano can have three different ‘g’ notes. Once you learn to memorize the notes, playing them becomes less complicated.
- Observe notes that are lined up (one on top and one below), they mean that they have to be played together or simultaneously.
Beginner Exercises: Creative Piano Academy
This video teaches five techniques that can help any pianist to hone in his/her skills and produce meaningful sounds.
- Playing Chords
- Chord progression
- Two Hands coordination.
Learning to play Instantly: InstantPianoGenius
This video is pretty useful because it provides a quick guide to understanding the basics of a piano without actually going through the arduous learning process. Of course, this cannot produce the perfect pianist but it is sufficient for casual play and self-teaching practice online.
Improving Piano sight Readings: Learn Piano with Jazer Lee
This great video helps develop the eye and hand coordination as you try to read the music at the same time trying to associate the relevant notes to their relevant keys. Great video for beginners trying to grasp the basics of piano playing!
In general, the trick to playing the piano making sure that each hand must be on the lookout for its notes; the right hand, for example, focuses on the top row while the left-hand focuses on the bottom row of notes. Remember, music notes are just like regular sentences in that you read them from left to right.
Each of the areas/rows is called the staff. The top staff is called the treble clef, the bottom staff is referred to as the bass Clef. The base clef covers all the low notes which is consistent with bass sounds. Likewise, the treble clef covers all the high notes.
Each staff has five lines and the notes generally fall into the lines however a few special notes called ledger lines do not conform to this rule. Reading music is therefore a matter of memorization of locations and positions of notes on the music sheet because the lines and spaces on the two clefs are totally different.
The first line in a treble clef, for example, is an ‘e’, the first line in a bass clef is a ‘g’, second space from the top is a ‘c’, the same note in the base clef is however an ‘e’. Mnemonics can be used to memorize these notes and master them. ‘Every good boy does fine’ for instance represents the letters egbdf in ascending order in the treble clef.