Would you like to learn more about piano theory?
Here you will find lots of easy music theory lessons for beginners to more advanced piano players.
The piano keyboard is a great tool to use when learning basic music theory.
Because of the layout of the piano keys, the different patterns of notes, scales, chords and intervals are a lot easier to actually see, compared to other instruments. Click here for a good piano theory book for adult beginners.
Learning about the basics of piano theory will not only help you understand written music better, but also to learn and appreciate how music is created. But, you don't actually need to learn it to play piano. Read more about music theory myths here.
Let's get started! Click on the links below that you're interested in learning more about, to go to each of the free piano theory lessons:
In this beginner lesson you'll learn the basic stuff of piano theory, like note names, the staff, note values etc.
Here you'll learn more about different note values (or Duration) and rests, the names of the different note values and how to count.
What is it that gives a musical scale its special "sound color"? This introduction to scales will take a look at what scales are made from and some
of the types that can be found in different parts of the world.
Find out how to combine the notes to create different scales; major scales, minor scales, blues, modal and more!
Intervals are the distances between notes. Learning how to identify intervals, helps you to quickly read notes, among other things!
If you want to know how all the notes are connected, here is a super tool for understanding key signatures, relationships between chords and more! The Circle of Fifths ties it all together and was invented by Pythagoras in the 6th Century B.C!
All those symbols in the beginning of a staff, what are they? The sharps # or flats b, clustered in the first measure are called the Key Signature. Learn more here.
Print your favorite. 8 or 10 staff, wide staff or grand staff paper as PDF's. No logos and such, just clean music manuscript paper!
Get a helpful tool for beginner pianists. Print out a piano keyboard (PDF), with or without note names. Use for keyboard orientation, games etc.
Why are the keys in the order they are, and why are they in the particular layout pattern of black and white keys? Read more here.
This is a handy-dandy tool for beginner pianists. You can print out this free PDF, fold it and place behind the piano keys, to learn and remember the note names on the keys. On the back you will also find a simple chart to help you find and play the most basic chords on the piano.
It may seem like music theory is really difficult... But understanding how music is built is actually both logic and simple, if you only know where to begin!
Music theory is the study of how music works. It's learning more about the different building blocks that makes up music.
In the lessons and articles below you can dig deeper with even more free piano theory lessons. Many are starting from scratch for the complete beginner. The focus in the lessons is on making the knowledge of music and music theory as accessible and simple to understand as possible.
Why not try your hand at simple composition?
If you know the basics of writing notes, you can begin to experiment with creating your own musical compositions. Try it out with these lessons:
Are you up for some adventure?
When digging deeper into music theory you may discover some interesting and mysterious things...!
Check it out here: 8 Musical Mysteries and Phenomena.
Here I have dug up some fascinating facts about musical compositions and sound creation. I love it! I hope you'll get some inspiration too!