January 25, 2014
As you listen to the melodic artistry of a musical masterpiece like that of Canon in D major, you start to wonder, how could anyone make use of a piano like that? It really is a lovely tune to listen to. And you start to wish that you can play it like Johann Pachelbel, or at least give justice to it whenever you play it. If you want to learn how to play the piano, or simply want to get acquainted with the notes, it’s important to start with the basics. Everybody starts at the beginning of everything they want to learn.
There are a lot to learn with regarding the piano but don’t be overwhelmed, while it is true that you need lots of time and dedication, it really is not overly complicated to master. First thing you will need is of course the willingness to learn. Secondly is the piano itself. It will be very difficult to learn the piano if you only visualize it in your mind. It is imperative that you touch and hear the key’s notes so you can familiarize yourself with them.
Whether you are learning the piano with the help of an instructor, a DVD or an online course, you will be introduced to it by learning the fundamentals. When we say go up, we mean hitting the higher sounds, while going down means hitting lower notes. Now if you look at the keyboard you will notice that there are black keys and white keys. You will also notice that there are groups of black keys by twos and by threes. This is to help you get used to the keyboard. The keys on a piano are named after the first 7 letters of the alphabet, A B C D E F and G. there are usually eight C keys on the piano , but you may find less if you have an electric keyboard.
The next thing to determine is the Middle C; it is located in the middle of the keyboard so it’s pretty easy to look for. Middle C refers to the C note in between two staves of the grand staff. What is a staff? It is the set of horizontal lines and four spaces. Each represents different musical pitch. Musical symbols are placed in the staff according to their corresponding note. The piano has a broad range of notes we can play, so we put the corresponding clef on the staff to determine which part of the piano we should be playing.
The most used clef would be the treble clef, which is like the letter G (with the use of imagination), the notes that will be played are higher than the middle C (the upper half of the piano keyboard). The treble clef has a belly which indicates where the note G should be placed, which means the middle C is a line below the lowest line. Here’s a quick tip to memorize the notes on the staff. The notes on the spaces can be read as the “FACE”, F – A – C – E, while the notes on the lines create initials that make up “Every Good Boy Deserves Fudge” or E – G – B – D – F.
This is a great start for a beginner to study the notes of a piano. Be dedicated and familiarize yourself with it and who knows, this could be your first step in becoming a musical composer!