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Some Things A Piano Beginner

By Sidney G. Klos

There are some things that you as a piano beginner should first learn before you can play your first piece. This article breaks these elements down for you.

The Keyboard and The Keyboard Pattern

Don’t be intimidated by the keyboard. No matter how many keys are on your keyboard – pianos come with different number of keys – you will only be working with 12 different notes and well, an infinite number of combinations. But don’t preoccupy yourself with that problem for now.

For the moment, observe how the keys on your keyboard are arranged to better understand it. You should observe that the arrange of the keys follow a specific pattern – there are sets of 2 black keys and sets of 3 black keys and the remainder of the keyboard is comprised of white keys. Now, look for the middle octave, the set that sits right in the middle of the keyboard and look for the white key immediately before the set of 2 black keys. This is what pianists call the Middle C and this is where your lessons in basic piano will begin.

Where and How To Begin

Now that you have become oriented with the Middle C, you can now begin with the most basic exercise in piano playing. Note that for piano exercise, each of your fingers correspond to a particular number. Your thumb is finger number 1 and often rests on the Middle C during the initial piano lessons. The next finger is then your second finger and for your right hand, the second finger should rest on the key next to the Middle C and so on. Follow the same pattern for your other hand, only this time the finger positioning follows the succession of each finger.

Hand Positioning and Proper Fingering and The Importance Of Both

The manner by which a pianist handles his instrument often separates him from mediocre and excellent piano players. For a piano player to be good in his music, proper fingering and hand positioning are emphasized. Posture is also a very important component as this often lends leverage over the instrument, allowing better control and support. This also allows pianist to play the piano without necessarily exerting significant physical energy.

So what is the best hand position and finger position for pianists?

The key is in the relaxation of the moving muscles. The fingers should touch the keys, the wrists should be up, the forearms should be in a horizontal position while the shoulders should not be tensed. You fingertips should be arranged in such a way that they look as though you are holding a ball.

After all these have been taken care of, a piano beginner should expect for serious training. What comes after often includes the first actual finger exercise.

A piano beginner often has to learn a couple of complex things on the first few lessons. While all this may seem complicated and overwhelming at first, in due time when these are already properly broken down into individual components, they become much easier to be understood.

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