Beginning Piano Lessons

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In this lesson we will use what you have learned in the previous piano lessons and you will also learn a very easy way to improvise.

Folk/Traditional Music for Improvisation

Folk songs, or traditional songs are great to work with as you begin to learn playing the piano.

They are often in interesting modes- or tonalities, and frees you from any "should" and "have to" playing in a particular style.

Instead you can as a beginner feel free to experiment.

Beginning Piano Lessons

With that I mean when you play a famous song; popular or classical, jazz or blues, you are "bound" by certain expected rules regarding the sound and the style of playing.

But, being a beginner there are so many things to think about anyway!  

So to "free" your imagination and help you not to feel afraid to improvise-( do not leave that to the professionals!)- we will in this lesson use simple patterns and tone material to let you explore what you can do yourself. It sounds great too! 

Beginning Piano Lessons: Let's Improvise!

Now when you have accustomed yourself with the piano keyboard, learned the basic note names and finger numbering; let’s play some folk songs in 5 finger positions using a fifth as accompaniment, and make a very simple, feel-good improvisation!

What You Have Learned So Far

  • Using only white keys with 5 finger positions from d and a gives us a minor tonality, from c and g- a major tonality.
  • Music Intervals gives us more patterns to play with! As they are, or used as accompaniment.
  • The music interval of a fifth is very useful. Playing either one note at a time or both creates an “open sound” of neither major nor minor- and you can make a very easy accompaniment this way. 

Have fun! And remember: "There are no wrong notes when improvising- just interesting ones!".

Learn How To Read Notes

After these introductory lessons, you are prepared to start learning how to read sheet music! In just two easy, and free, lessons you will understand how to read piano music:


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