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Want to know how to play the keyboard but haven’t got any experience yet? No problem, as today we’re going to look at the first steps you’ll need to start playing the correct way.
Learning the keyboard is a great foundation for learning other instruments in the future. Because of this, it’s the perfect first instrument for kids and adults alike. The below guide is suitable for all ages, and will teach you how to properly position yourself when playing, the musical alphabet so you are comfortable finding your way around the keyboard, and a load of other things that will get you ready to play your first song.
Be sure to read to the end for all the tips, & share this guide on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest if you find it useful.
So without wasting any more time, let’s learn how to play a keyboard!
Note: This is a guest post written by Riley of Long & McQuade.
1: Buy A Keyboard Bench
To begin, you will need a keyboard bench. It is important that you use a bench and not a chair, as using a bench allows for proper posture which will alleviate any aches or stress on your muscles. For a child you may have to add cushions to a bench, or buy an adjustable bench so they ca reach the keyboard comfortably.
2: Positioning Yourself To Play Keyboard
Sitting on the front half of the bench will allow you to move freely. This will also create the correct distance from the keyboard. Place your feet flat on the floor, remembering that only a small portion of your knees should be under the keyboard. This should give you the right distance to play comfortably. It may take a while to adjust to this positioning, but keep practicing as it will give you the best posture for playing.
3 & 4: How To Position Your Hands And Arms While Playing The Keyboard
To position your hands, start by letting your arms hang to your side. Naturally, your hand will form a “C” shape. Maintain this natural cupped shape while keeping the hands relaxed.
Keeping this C shaped hand position, place your hands on the keyboard in front of you. Be sure to keep your wrists straight as well as your forearms. If you are not playing notes immediately in front of you, lean your body in the direction that your hands are playing to avoid twisting the wrist.
5: Get The Correct Body Position
It is important to maintain good posture while playing the keyboard and to sit tall. Lift your shoulders up to your ears, and then let them fall. Keep the shoulders relaxed. If you are too stiff, you will find that your muscles will feel strained when playing, and no one wants that.
Your elbows should be at approximately the same height as the keys. Sit at the middle of the keyboard, which is around notes E or F, and above middle C. If you aren’t sure of where the notes are yet, don’t worry. We’ll show you how to find them below.
6. Using The Black Keys As Guidance
When placing the fingers on the keyboard, move your fingertips just inside the black keys. If you use the black keys as a guide rather then having to move your fingers back and forth to the white keys, you will avoid having to reach notes…
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