First off I would like to say that pianists make it look a lot easier than playing piano actually is! When learning how to play the piano you can not just jump right on to the piano and learn to play, there is lots of basic knowledge you must gain before even touching the keys. Posture and arm positioning are key concepts that allow you to perform your best while sitting at the piano. Your arms must stay light and airy, which will then allow your fingers to move through the keys without resistance! Although posture and arm positioning are very important, they are not the most important skills you must gain before you begin to play. A beginner player must understand the home keys on the piano and finger numbers before playing. The picture below will show you the keys and the finger numbers:
This week I began with the basics. I started with learning my finger numbers, basic keys, and my posture while sitting at the piano. After I knew the basics I then went on to learn the basics of playing. To start, I found a great app called Flowkey that takes the learner through lessons, this will be my primary source for my learning project. I will also be using other sources as I continue to progress, some of these sources will be sheet music, how to videos, and much more! It is amazing how many references you can find to teach yourself piano!
I began by using just my right hand to play simple melodies that stayed in the C position (this is like home base for piano players). I caught on pretty fast when learning to play with my right hand, and I was even able to read the notes off sheet music as I was playing, which was a huge achievement for me! Below is a video of me playing the first song that I learned on the piano using only my right hand!
After learning the basics with my right hand I then moved on to working just with my left hand. I found that my left hand was a little more challenging than my right, I found that weird since I am left handed, and my left is my dominant hand, but who knows? I again went through learning the basics just using my left hand, below is a video of me playing just with my left hand!
Once I understood how to play with both of my hands separate, I decided to then learn how to play together. This was tricky at first because I had to multitask and read the notes for both hands while they were trying to play simultaneously with one another. After a lot of practice on this skill, I believe I have done very well for my first lesson at the piano. Below is the video of my hands playing simultaneously with each other.
After reviewing all that I have learned throughout the week, I can say I am very proud of how much I was able to learn once I set my mind to it. There are a few things I want to focus on throughout the rest of my project such as, fluidity and being able to read the notes without hesitation. Repetition is key in piano so if I continue to practice a little bit each day I believe I will do well in this learning project! Stay tuned for next week where I will be working on chords and improving my technique!