Familiarize yourself with the piano keyboard first. A full-size keyboard is 88 keys and spans seven octaves. Start with the middle C. It is a good idea to have a keyboard card handy until you can memorize the notes. You can buy one in a music store or find one online. The same 12 notes are repeated over and over on the keyboard, so once you have played them several times, you should be able to get rid of your note guide.
Learn basic music notation. Keep a reference schedule handy until you become familiar with reading the notes of the music staff that they relate to the piano. You also want to focus on the notritrites. The whole, half, eighth and sixteenth notes are basic rhythms. Before you become familiar with how they break down to form rhythmic structure, do not be afraid to use a music-reading cheat sheet.
Start playing chords right away. You can buy a beginner’s chord book at a music store or find one for free online. Chords are the fastest way to start accompanying yourself or others while you sing. The more chords you know, the more songs you can play. Learn your piano chords in shape (which fingers rest on which keys). The shapes of the chords are the same on the piano, but the names change depending on the note you start the shape of. It takes time to memorize a wide chord of chords, but the more you play them, the easier it will be to memorize them. Playing simple chords in a progression and singing together makes it sound as if you are more advanced on the piano than you are.
Play scales. Playing scales not only helps you learn how to take notes on the piano keyboard, but also strengthens your fingers. You can buy a piano scale book for beginners or find one online for free. Start with large and small scales in each key. As with chords, once you know the pattern the notes are played in, you can play any key by changing the note you start on.
Try playing simple piano music between practicing your scales and chords. There is no better way to improve than to add chords and melodies you learn to work. You can find simple piano music online for free. Each time you learn a new chord, try playing a simple song that contains that chord. Do not worry about imaginative rhythms first. Play simple chords with your left hand and a melody with your right. Use your reference note cards until you know the notes of the music staff that they relate to your keyboard.
The piano is one of the most widely used and versatile musical instruments available. The piano can play notes in both the bass and treble gaps. Piano music is available in musical genres from classical to rock. Learning the basics of piano playing is not difficult, but learning to master the instrument takes time, patience and a desire to play.