Ah, the piano... that wonderful instrument that makes you want to take up music. But when you're a beginner, you often wonder where to start. The white keys, the black keys, the scale, the solfeggio... it's a complex universe that can make you dizzy. That's why, today, I'm offering you an ultra-complete guide to getting started on the piano. So, are you ready to discover this emblematic instrument? Let's get started!
Posture: from fingertip to wristtip
Before you can produce a single note, you must first learn to position your hands correctly on the keyboard. This may sound simple, but there's a right way and a wrong way to do it. Your fingers should be slightly arched and your hand should simply fall on the keys. It's a question of ease, but above all of preventing unnecessary tension that could lead to pain.
It's essential to keep your your arms and wrist relaxed. If you feel tension in your fingers, relax them. After all, music is a pleasure, not a torture.
The importance of scales: a piano primer
Now that you know how to place your hands, let's get down to business. ranges. Scales are the foundation of music and piano playing. They form a kind of musical alphabet, which you can then use to read and play any kind of music. To begin with, you can focus on the C major scale, also known as the C scale. This is made up entirely of white keys, making it easier for beginners to grasp.
Basic exercises: familiarizing yourself with the instrument
Once you've got to grips with the piano and learned the basics of music theory, it's time to familiarize yourself with the instrument. For this, nothing beats a few basic exercises. Among them is the five-note up-and-down exercise, in which you move up and down the notes while keeping your hand relaxed. It's a great way to start learning and get your fingers used to the piano keyboard.
Chords: the brick wall of music
Once you've practised the scales, it's time to familiarise yourself with the agreements. Chords are a group of notes played at the same time, which together create a harmony. They form the basis of any musical composition. By learning them, you'll be able to play hundreds of songs. To get started, you can concentrate on the C major chord, which is made up of the notes C, E and G. Play these three notes at the same time, and you've got your first chord!
Chord progressions: unleash your creativity
Now that you've got the basics down, it's time to get down to the nitty-gritty. chord progressions. These are a succession of chords that form a melody. There are thousands of them, but to start with, you can try the 1-5-6-4 chord progression, better known as the magic chords. With this chord progression, you'll be able to play hundreds of popular tunes. Feel free to experiment and develop your own style.
Rhythm: the heart of music
Finally, don't forget the rhythm. For bring your music to lifeIt's essential to incorporate rhythm. For example, you can play the left hand first, then the right. This is an excellent exercise for developing your sense of rhythm and hand independence.
Now you have all the keys you need to start playing the piano. Don't be discouraged if things don't go perfectly at first - the important thing is to enjoy yourself and practice regularly. So, on your keys, get set, play!