Free Online Piano Lessons by Guy G. Faux
Step 1: Click the link below to download the sheet music for Piano Lesson #1.
Step 2: Click the "Play Now" button below to listen to song #1. Try to follow the sheet music as the audio plays.
This may be challenging at first, but with a little practice, you will be able to follow the written sheet music for each new lesson.
Step 3: Use the diagram below to help you find Middle C on your piano keyboard.
Place your right hand thumb on Middle C once you have located it on your keyboard, and then cover the next 4 white keys to the right with the remaining 4 fingers of your right hand.
If you need to label the keys to help you locate the keys faster, ABC Key Stickers are an inexpensive solution and something that I highly recommend.
As a kid, I took 13 years of traditional piano lessons. When I turned eighteen, I quit. The main reason why I quit, was because I really didn't understand how music worked. I'll talk more about this in later lessons.
I will be uploading two new piano lessons every week for the next 18 months. The piano method that I will be teaching you over the next year and a half is the exact method that my self-taught musician friend taught me!
In this first lesson, and throughout the remaining 155 lessons, you will learn 3 simple musical elements. These 3 elements are: melody, chords and rhythm - and they make up every song ever written.
In the sheet music example below, the C and E on the top music staff are melody notes and they get played with your right hand, and the C and G on the bottom staff are played with your left hand.
Also notice that the single note C on the top staff lines up vertically with the 2-note chord. Since all 3 notes are stacked vertically, they all get play together at the same time. This will be true with any notes that are stacked together.
If you look at each measure of Mountain Road, (see sheet music example below), you'll notice that there is a 2-note chord and a single, right-hand melody note above it at the beginning of every measure.
1.) Learn the right hand melody notes on the top staff.
2.) Learn the 2-note, left hand chords on the bottom staff.
Notice the numbers above and below certain notes. (Refer to the sheet music download) These numbers will always refer to the fingers that you should use to play each note. Your thumb is always #1 and your pinky is always #5.
3.) After you've learned each hand separately, begin to play both hands together.
4.) Continue to listen to the recording for several minutes every day.
It's the one technique that most traditional piano teachers don't teach their students -- and yet, it's one of the most effective practice techniques that you will ever learn.
The more you listen, the easier it will be to play the rhythms exactly the way they're written in the sheet music!