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Level: Beginner

Level 1

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About This Level

If you’re brand new to learning the piano and have never played a note of music in your life, this is the place to start! In this first level, we’ll start with the absolute basics, from how to sit at the piano to finding notes in both the treble and the bass clef. After that, we’ll play a few short and simple pieces for each hand alone.

As you play these first pieces, be sure to keep your fingers rounded, as if you’re holding a tennis ball, and don’t be afraid to strike the keys fairly strongly. Play deeply into the keys, always depressing each key as far as it will go. Keep your neck, shoulders, elbows and wrists relaxed. If at first you feel like the smaller fingers (nos. 4 and 5) are hard to depress, don’t worry; it can take a little time to build up the necessary strength in each finger.

If you ever feel confused, don’t forget that you can slow down the video or use the looping feature to repeat a particular section. And most importantly, stick with it! Try to set aside a regular time to practice. Learning to play the piano is not something that happens overnight, but with some regular effort you’ll be playing exciting pieces in no time. If you have any questions, feel free to leave a note in the comments section. Happy practicing!

Welcome!

In this video, I’ll discuss the basic structure of the Peterson Piano Academy online course and how to navigate the website. I’ll also give you a few tips on effective practice and scheduling so that you can make the most out of your practice time. 

TECHNIQUE

Posture at the Piano

In this video, I’ll discuss the basic structure of the Peterson Piano Academy online course and how to navigate the website. I’ll also give you a few tips on effective practice and scheduling so that you can make the most out of your practice time. 

THEORY

The Names of the Piano Keys

Let’s learn the names of all the keys on the piano! Once you understand the pattern of white and black keys on the piano keyboard, naming any note becomes a breeze!

Quiz: Names of the Piano Keys

In this interactive quiz, you can test your knowledge of the notes on the piano keyboard and practice as much as you want. Be sure you’re passing this quiz with a perfect score, because knowing the names of every piano key is a skill you’ll need for everything that follows.

The Notes of the Grand Staff

Piano music is written on what is known as the “Grand Staff”. It’s a combination of two “clefs”: on for the right hand and one for the left hand. Here’ we’ll learn the basics of piano music notation, and how to identify any note in treble or bass clef.

Quiz: Treble Clef Notes

In this interactive quiz, you can practice naming notes in the treble clef. Practice as long as you like, because this is one of the most important skills you’ll need when playing the piano. No matter what kind of music you want to play, you need to be able to read these notes!

Quiz: Bass Clef Notes

In this interactive quiz, you can practice naming notes in the bass clef. Bass clef is fundamentally just as easy as treble clef, and just as important. Be sure to devote some regular practice time to being able to name these notes and don’t go ahead until you’re getting a perfect or nearly perfect score on this quiz.

More Basics of Reading Music

In this video, I’ll discuss some more important elements of music notation, including measure lines, finger numbers, time signatures, and some secret tips on how to read music much faster!

REPERTOIRE

First Pieces for the Right Hand

In this video, we’ll learn to play some very simple pieces for the right hand alone. These pieces are all in the same hand position, and feature nothing but whole notes, so these are great little pieces to get used to reading and playing treble clef.

First Pieces for Left Hand

In this video, we’ll learn to play some very simple pieces for the left hand alone. These pieces are also in the same hand position, and feature nothing but whole notes, so they’re a great introduction to reading and playing bass clef.

Questions before taking this course?

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