Welcome to My Piano Course.
This beginner's course is for the aspiring student who prefers to take their time to learn piano thoroughly and at their own pace. I get a lot of students who would love to jump to learning songs, however I'm a strong advocate of learning all the basics that not only help you learn your first song, but give you the tools and proficiency to learn any song you want on your own! During this course, you will learn everything from the ground up, from learning the keys on the keyboard, to your first scales, your first songs, how to easily read sheet music, notes and rhythm, playing with both hands, how to play in different keys (and exactly what we mean by that), intervals, major and minor, and more!
This beginner's course will be the intro to some spin-off courses I will release in the future, which will cover some more details of piano, such as chord breakdown, technique, more on playing in different keys, more on scales, etc.
Here is what you will need for this course:
You will need something to practice on. I understand that some of you may not have a keyboard, so I can suggest a couple of free tools you can use for now. Although I don't advise using these tools long-term, they're great for use until you get a keyboard or piano:
Once you're ready to get a real keyboard/piano, if you are learning piano as a simple hobby and are on a budget, you can try for a 61-key keyboard or higher. I personally prefer Yamaha over Casio, but I'm not much of a stickler about it. Click Here for a link for top keyboard brands for beginners under $200.
Also make sure that when you get a keyboard, whether online or at a store, to buy what's called a "survival kit" (keyboard adaptor, sustain pedal, and headphones). You'll need the adaptor in the kit to operate the keyboard. Guitar Center and Sam Ash usually have good selections of keyboards.
If you are looking to become serious with piano, I would upgrade to a "weighted" 88-key keyboard or electric piano, and it has to be fully weighted (not "semi" or "medium"). The fully weighted keys (simply means heavier keys) are important because they give you the feel of a real piano. The bigger keyboards are a bit more expensive, but are worth the extra cash. Click Here for a link of top rated weighted keyboards and electric pianos.