How to play piano – For beginners

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Learn how to play piano from a pro.  You can use a special “Number System” to short-cut your learning curve.  This is a piano tutorial for beginners, but even if you are an intermediate piano player, you will pick up some shortcuts about recognizing chords and intervals quickly.

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How to play piano for beginners

Hi this is Tim from instant piano genius
comm and I’ve been a professional
keyboard player for 20 years I’ve been
on stage about 7,000 hours total playing
piano and I’ve been in rehearsal and
recording studios with top-notch
musicians who’ve also played with
Journey Rick Springfield Billy Idol
Melissa Etheridge Alice Cooper Richard
Marx Michael Jackson Boz Scaggs Barry
White Nancy Wilson Aretha Franklin
Michael McDonald Kenny Loggins Elvis
Costello Macy Gray and dozens of others
I’m a working musician not a piano
teacher I know exactly what you need to
know to become a professional keyboard
player or just how to sound like a pro
as quickly as possible professional
musicians don’t talk about chords very
much they use a number system that your
piano teacher probably won’t even show
you in the next few minutes I’m going to
quickly teach you more about how to
actually play the piano then you’ve
probably learned taking lessons for
months here’s why I say if you can count
to eight you can become an instant piano
genius in fact if you’re not using this
numbering system you’re wasting your
time and effort I’m going to move
quickly so watch this multiple times if
you need to let’s get started first hand
fingering when I talk about fingers I’m
going to count thumbs as being one then
the next finger out being two three four
and little fingers being five so just
keep that in mind when I’m talking about
fingering one two three four five one
two three four and five
next on the piano there’s white notes
and black notes but they’re all the same
just think of them as being equal and a
half step is going from any one note to
another note that’s right next to it so
here to here is a half step from here to
here is also a half step from here to
here is also a half step so it doesn’t
matter if it’s white or black just
adjacent notes are a half step now a
whole step means that there’s a note in
the middle so from here to here is a
whole step because this note is in the
middle from here to here is a whole step
of course because there’s a note in the
middle here to hear just a half step and
from here to here is also a whole step
because this note is in the middle so
just ignore the fact about some being
white and some being black a whole step
means there’s a note in the middle a
half step means there is no note between
the two
notes now recognizing the notes on the
piano you probably already know that it
goes from A to G but just in case you
don’t in order to find where the a is
you look for any cluster of three black
notes and draw a line from the center
black note out and the a is right to the
right of that line so this is a now it
just counts up sequentially in white
notes a-b-c-d-e-f-g and once you get to
G then it comes around back to a and you
can tell this is an a because there are
the three black notes again let me draw
the line out that’s the a so as you can
see right there this is an a this is an
a this is a B this is a C and this is
called this is C it’s also called the
the Center C and C is found by either
counting up from the a or taking the two
black notes and then going to the left
of the left one and that’s a C and the
reason that people use middle C is that
a major scale in C uses all white notes
so it’s a good place to start so more
importantly than the notes I just showed
you and now let’s get into the numbering
system now instead of going ABCD efg if
we’re playing an A I’m going to think of
it as one two three four five six seven
and once we’ve gone from A to G and this
is seven we come back to a so this would
be eight so this a is a 1 and this is an
8 and that’s why I say if you can count
to 8 you can be an instant piano genius
now you can also think of this 8 as a 1
if you’re going to continue on up 1 2 3
4 5 6 7 8 ok so now let’s take middle C
this is the C and if we were going to
play AC major scale it’s in all white
notes so now because we’re talking about
C we’re going to make this C 1 so this
is 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 and now I’m going to
show you how you can play any major
scale easily ok a major scale is all
whole notes meaning you’re going from
here to here that’s a whole step because
there’s a note in between here to here
is a whole step so the only time in a
major scale where there are half notes
is between the 3 and the 4
and the seven and the eight okay besides
the three and the four and the seven and
the eight every other note is a whole
step so once you know three four and
seven eight are the only half steps to
play see you go one two three and then
from three four is a half step and then
you go a whole step whole step whole
step and then from seven to eight is a
half step now you can apply that to
anything so let’s play a major scale in
D there’s going to be black notes in it
but we know that the only half steps are
between three four and seven eight right
so we’re going to go whole step whole
steps we’re going to go one two three
and then from three to four we’re going
to do a half step so we know it goes to
here then we’re going to go whole step
whole step whole step and then we know
that from seven to eight is a half step
so we’re going to go from here to here
so as long as you remember three four
and seven eight are the only half steps
in a major scale you have just learned
how to play any major scale now minor
scales a minor scale is all whole notes
except between two and three and five
and six between two and three and five
and six so the a minor scale happens to
be all white notes so let’s take a look
at that so we’re going to play a minor
scale it sounds sadder than a major
scale okay so we’re going to make this
one because we use the one for wherever
we’re starting with so two and three and
five and six are the only half steps so
we’re going to go 1 2 and then from 2 to
3 is a half step and then we’re going to
go for 5 and then from 5 6 is a half
step and then it’s all whole steps 7 8
now that we know that we can play any
minor scale so let’s let’s do it in E ok
so this is an E so we know is whole
steps except between 2 3 & 5 6 so this
is e minor 1 2 and then from 2 to 3 is a
half step
then for five now we know between five
and six is a half step six and then
seven hey now that’s how you play any
minor scale now here’s some excellent
news you don’t really have to play those
skills very much I’m not going to push
you to be able to play those skills but
now that I’ve shown you that you can do
it so you know how to find that
information so let’s move on do you know
the difference between a major and a
minor chord is a major chord sounds
happy and a minor chord sounds sad can
you tell the difference okay so here’s
how to play any major chord we’re going
to use C because C is all white notes it
was easier to see but a major chord uses
the 1 the 3 and the 5 so you’re going to
use your 1 3 and 5 fingers and also
you’re going to use the 1 3 and 5 notes
in a major scale so we can find out the
note notes in this major scale and see
our 1 2 3 4 5 so we’re just going to use
1 3 & 5 alright so here’s how you can
figure out how to play any major scale
just look at how many notes are in
between each of these chords between the
1 and the 3 there are 3 notes 1 2 3 and
between the 3 and the 5 are two notes
one and two alright so now that we know
that we can play any major scale it’s
just the 1 3 and the 5 and you’re going
to be leaving three notes between the 1
and the 3 2 notes between the 3 and the
5 now once we can play C playing F and G
are exactly the same they’re all white
notes so if I leave my hand like a claw
and slide up
I can play F 1 3 5 3 in between 2 in
between and I can play G I know it’s G
because that’s what the note that my
thumb is on that’s a G it’s a G major
now we can play any major chord so let’s
try to play ad major ok we know our
thumb is going to go on D and then if we
don’t know what notes to find we’re just
going to count up 3 1 2 3 put our third
finger there then we’re going to count
up to 1 2 and put our fifth finger there
ok so that is AD major now that we know
the D if we make our fingers hand like a
claw we can also play an E and an a
because they’re exactly the same slide
up and move
that’s an E chord we know it is because
that’s where my thumb is and slide up
again that’s an a chord I know that
because that’s where my thumb is all
right you can do that with any major
chord just leave three notes in between
your first and third two notes in
between your third and fifth easy as
that now how to play any minor chord the
only difference between a major and a
minor chord is that the third finger
plays one half step lower okay so to
change a C major chord into a C minor
chord you just take your third finger
and you move it down a half step so when
you look at the spaces in between from a
minor chord you’ve got two keys in
between your first and third finger and
three keys in between your third and
fifth finger now that you know that you
can play it any minor chord if you can
play C minor by freezing your hand in a
claw you can slide up and play F minor
you can also play G minor now an a minor
has no black notes in it we know this is
an a minor because our thumb is on the a
there’s two spaces in between the first
and third finger and there’s three
spaces in between third and fifth finger
now that I can play a minor
I can play D minor I know that’s a d
because my thumb’s there and E minor I
know that’s an E minor because my thumb
is there and that’s how you can play it
any minor key just put your thumb on the
first note that you’re trying to play
and then pick out the spaces is as
simple as that
you

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