February 11, 2014
The piano has been a consistent favorite musical instrument of a lot of people. That is why it is not surprising to find individuals who want to pursue a course in learning how to play the piano. Whether you’re a budding musician or just want to have something to while away your time with, being able to play the piano is really a point to add in your repertoire of skills.
Although it might be advisable to seek a formal course on playing the piano, you can opt to learn the instrument by yourself. This gives you the chance to save time and money. Learning it from your comfort zone will also provide you the benefit of managing your own schedule.
Of course, the first thing you should do is understand the piano keyboard layout. You may have noticed that pianos have 88 keys in two colors, black and white. Before you jump on aspiring to play solo piano recital-worthy piece, you should be able to play and identify which keys to press to achieve particular notes.
There are those who skip the understanding of basic notes and proceed to learn the piano by key. Whatever you decide to opt, you first have to decipher the layout of your piano keyboard. Otherwise, either of these attempts will just be unfruitful.
Sit on your piano chair and look at your piano keyboard. To help you have an overview of the keys, let’s divide them into two: keys on your right hand have high-pitch sounds while keys on your left hand have low-pitched sounds. You would also see that the black keys follow a common pattern—they are either grouped in two’s or three’s.
Try to recall your basic music class and you would find that do, re , mi, fa, so, la, ti notes are equally represented by the piano keys C, D, E, F, G, A, B. You can use the patterns of the black keys to identify the notes you need to hit. For example, the white key in front of the two black keys is actually the C or do key. The F or fa key, on the other hand, is the white key that rests at the front of the three black keys grouped together.
After identifying the basic notes or keys, you would need to go on the second level of understanding. Remember the pound-like sign you see at musical staffs? That’s the sharp sign. The one that looks like a pointed small letter b is the flat sign. The sharps and flats are well-represented by the black keys.
To identify which are the sharp keys, look for the black keys consecutive to a white key. By determining which note that particular white key is beside with, you will be able to decipher its sharp note. So when the white key after the black key is on C, then that black key before it is the C#. The flats, on the other hand, are the first black note you would find on the keyboard.