By Dan Olson
Starting to learn piano as a beginner can be a huge undertaking. As an adult you want to learn to play piano, but you want to learn quickly and advance to playing music and songs without going through a lot of classic training. We understand that and that is why we have created Learn Keys by Ben where you can learn piano faster and be playing and jamming with friends before you know it. In Level One we offer a specific set of video sessions where you will learn the essential basics to start you playing piano and being able to accompany with others by playing Chords and song charts. This is radically different than the regular basic beginner piano lessons are. It helps expedite your experience, so a beginner can start actually playing piano!
Level One has 5 sections:
- Sight Reading
- Song Reading
- Blues Primer
In the Foundation section you learn the elements that will help you to understand not only what you are playing but why and the importance of these fundamentals in helping you progress.
The place you start is on learning the Names of the Notes and then you progress to how notes work together with Five Finger Patterns. This is simply where you place your fingers and how they progress up and down the keyboard.
This is followed by Triads in C and Steps and Intervals. Here you learn quickly how the notes work together to create depth and harmony.
Foundation then finishes with the Introduction to the Circle of Fifths. This is a concept that is the main architecture for Western Music. By learning how the Circle of Fifths works you begin to have an understanding of how music works, and improvisation is done. The Circle of Fifths helps you to learn how to identify the Key that a particular piece of music is arranged to be played in. Imagine being able to sit down with friends and by just know what the key and chords being played be able to accompany on piano and join in the fun. This will be your reality faster than you think. Our easy piano lessons teach you more than just the basics, you’ll fully learn to be able to join in on the fun!
Once you have mastered the Foundation section, you are ready for Chords. All music can be played with a series of chords. So often piano tutorial lessons for beginners make you spend time learning to play the melodies to songs. While this is great, and we recommend your gain some mastery in reading and playing music, we also know that you can get to playing songs quickly with a good understanding of playing Chords. For example, each major chord is made up of the same intervals – the root note, a third and a fifth.
As you are learning the Chords the next sections will be Sight Reading and Song Reading. It is completely okay to mix and match in this part of your learning to play. Sight Reading will teach you how to read music and then apply that learning on some simple songs. You don’t normally see sight reading in piano lessons for beginners, but ignoring basic piano fundamental will only make your piano learning experience longer. We can help you start with beginner piano playing, and become an expert in no time.
And finally, Level One introduces you to a Blues Primer. This will give you a basic 12 Bar Blues played in the key of C. Your left hand plays the rhythm and your right hand will play the accompanying blues melody. Once you have this you can play a solid blues riff and go from there to improvising and playing in a live setting.
After you’ve completed the Level One sessions you will have reached a new level in your piano playing. You will understand how chords are built, you will be able to play the most common chords and play songs in various styles with the help of chords. As you continue on with the next levels two through four, you will use chords more intuitively which will allow you to play almost any song you want. These are the ideal piano lessons for beginners. No other piano tutorials can get you proficient and knowledgeable so quickly.
So, if you’ve ever wanted to learn how to play piano quickly, hit the button below and start jamming today!