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  • (electric organ music)

  • - Hey Listen!

  • (upbeat music)

  • - Hello there everybody, my name's Tim,

  • and I am from Lessons on the Web dot com.

  • I'm here today to give you your ultimate

  • guide to getting started playing the piano.

  • (upbeat music)

  • So, who is this guide for?

  • Well this guide is for somebody who doesn't know

  • anything really, or maybe you were taught a long time ago,

  • and you just don't quite remember everything.

  • And you're just kinda overwhelmed at the

  • information that's out there and you just

  • want a good starting point, where to start.

  • Not just diving right in to note reading

  • and all that other advanced stuff.

  • Just, you know, how to get your hands on the piano.

  • How to figure out where a couple of notes are

  • and just a good place to start.

  • So in this guide we're gonna cover four major topics.

  • The first topic is the musical alphabet.

  • While the musical alphabet is incredibly easy to understand

  • it's very important because you have to know that you're

  • not going to playing any note Qs or Ss

  • or Zs, or any of that other stuff.

  • So you just have to know how that works,

  • and it will help with the next thing we are going to learn,

  • which is how to find notes on the keyboard.

  • So obviously you have to know where

  • a C is, where a D is, where an A is,

  • and just know that those notes

  • repeat up and down the keyboard.

  • So, I'll show you, we'll start with middle C

  • and then I'll show you how to find

  • notes from there, and some other tips

  • on how to find notes on the keyboard.

  • The third thing we're gonna learn about

  • are finger numbers of course.

  • Now this is another really easy thing to understand.

  • Like I said, I want this guide to not overwhelm you,

  • be a very simple starting place.

  • And finger numbers are just very important

  • in playing up and down the keyboard effectively.

  • Not the most exciting thing in the world.

  • Very easy to understand.

  • But, very important, nonetheless.

  • And then we're gonna finish out this guide

  • by playing "Mary Had a Little Lamb."

  • So, you'll go from, in this guide,

  • from playing nothing to

  • learning how to play a very simple song.

  • Now, we're not gonna use sheet music.

  • I'm not gonna show you any advanced

  • tips and tricks in this video.

  • I will in future videos of course.

  • But, these are just the basics today.

  • So we're gonna go from nothing to, you know, a little bit.

  • Now, obviously you're not gonna become a piano master

  • in 15 minutes by watching this video.

  • You know, realistically that doesn't happen.

  • But, if you're just looking for that

  • very good starting point, knowing nothing,

  • you've found the right place.

  • And one more thing I wanted to tell you about,

  • is that if you ever have any questions or comments

  • during the video, feel free to leave them in the comment

  • section and I'll do my best to get back to them.

  • But, let's not waste any more time.

  • Let's get to the piano.

  • Let's get started.

  • And let's start our new music education.

  • So, let's go.

  • Alright everybody, so time for our very first step.

  • Are you ready to get started?

  • 'Cause I know I am.

  • Anyways, like I said, we're gonna learn

  • the musical alphabet first today.

  • And as I mentioned before, it's a very easy

  • thing to understand, but very, very important.

  • Not only in playing the piano and knowing

  • how the piano's laid out, but very important in

  • music and understanding how music works as well.

  • So, let's just get started in what the

  • musical alphabet is all about.

  • Well, one thing you want to know about

  • the musical alphabet is that it starts on A.

  • Wow, right.

  • And it goes from A to G and then repeats.

  • So, what that means is that the musical alphabet

  • will go A, B, C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C, D, E, F, G

  • and if it keeps going A, B, C, D, E, F, G.

  • You got it so far?

  • Well, there's a little bit more to it than that.

  • You also want to be able to say this alphabet backwards.

  • And I'll tell you more in depth in the next section,

  • but right now I'm just going to tell you

  • that you want to say it backward.

  • So, you wanna be able to say A, B, C, D, E, F, G.

  • Then you want to be able to say G, F, E, D, C, B, A.

  • And then keep going, G, F, E, D, C, B, A,

  • A, B, C, D, E, F, G going back forward.

  • So, you want to be fluent, I guess

  • you could say might be the word for that,

  • in saying the alphabet forwards and backwards.

  • I'll show you exactly why in a minute.

  • One of the things I wanna remind you to

  • use the content I wrote on Instructables dot come,

  • that guide there goes right along with this video.

  • It's basically like written documentation to the video.

  • Giving you a little bit more information

  • in written text format.

  • A great way to keep notes, and yeah,

  • so go there and check out the guide there.

  • But anyway, enough about the musical alphabet.

  • Real quick review.

  • It's from A to G and then it repeats and then

  • one thing you want to practice is saying it forwards,

  • and another thing you want to practice

  • is saying it backwards.

  • So, hopefully I haven't lost you so far.

  • Remember to leave any questions in the comments.

  • But, if you don't have any, let's

  • just move on to the next section.

  • Okay everybody, time for finding notes

  • on this magical thing we call the piano keyboard.

  • This is the board with the keys on it.

  • Make sense?

  • Well, we have to figure out how to find different

  • notes on this thing to be able to play it.

  • So, you may have noticed that the piano

  • is made up of a pattern of black keys,

  • and, purple keys.

  • No, no white keys, that's right.

  • Black keys and white keys, of course.

  • So, you may have noticed that there

  • is a pattern of the black keys.

  • Now, if you have a full-size piano,

  • the first black key will be all by it's lonesome.

  • You can't see it here, 'cause I don't

  • have the camera wide enough.

  • But you may be wondering if you have a full-size piano,

  • that the first one starts with a group of one.

  • It's just by itself, one black key by itself.

  • And then after that, they're grouped in groups of

  • two, three, two, and you can start to see my hand now,

  • three, two, three, two, three, two, three, two, three,

  • all the way up the keyboard.

  • So, the only exception to the two, three grouping

  • is if you have a full 88-key keyboard,

  • that first one's gonna be by itself.

  • And that's just because the piano

  • starts with A and ends with C.

  • And to begin on A, you have to have one black key there.

  • You'll know what I'm talking about in a minute.

  • But, let's just get right to the meat of the lesson, here.

  • Which is how to find notes here.

  • So, the groupings of twos and threes

  • is going to be used to our advantage.

  • 'Cause we're going to use that to figure out where

  • we are on the keyboard and where these notes are.

  • Keep in mind that

  • when you find a note

  • (piano tone)

  • That note is the same (piano tone)

  • It's the same letter (piano tone)

  • no matter where, if it's on the

  • same position in the keyboard.

  • So, what I mean by that

  • is if you want to find the note C,

  • you find a group of two black keys,

  • (chord tone) here we go.

  • And you take your left black key,

  • and you go down and to the left by one