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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! While the below isn’t as effective as learning from video lessons, it’ll still go a long way in improving your keyboard skills.
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…
Another tip is to play on the padded part of your fingers, rather than on the very end of your fingertips. This will allow you to move your fingers around the keyboard quicker, as well as get the necessary force needed to impact the keys.
7: How To Find The Groups On A Keyboard
In order to understand where each note is on the keyboard, you need to know that there is a ‘seven note musical alphabet’. This consists of the notes A, B, C, D, E, F and G, using white keys only. After the note G, the alphabet begins all over again.
To find the note ‘A’, find a group of three black keys. A is between the second and third black keys as shown in the above image.
Like I’ve done, you may also want to mark your keys initially until you learn where each note is off by heart. You can do this by writing the letters A to F on small pieces of paper, they sticking them to the relevant keys on your keyboard.
8: How To Find Note C Off By Heart
Next, familiarize yourself with the note C. Note C is a central note that will allow you to get your bearings a lot quicker, so it’s worth learning.
C is always the white key to the left of a group of two black keys. Each C is an octave (eight notes) apart. I advise you play each C on the keyboard and get a feel for the positioning and the distance.
9: How To Find Note F
Ok, the final tip before you’re ready to start playing the keyboard. As with the C note, it’s important you learn the F note. The positioning is relatively easy to remember, as the note F is always before a group of three black keys. Find and play each F on the keyboard to become familiar with it. As with the C note, each F is an octave apart.
Putting It All Together And Advanced Video Lessons
As you can see, this is only the beginning of things. If you want the best way to learn how to play keyboard fast, you’ll want to check out these video lessons now.
Now that you are familiar with the white keys, use three fingers to practice your first C major chord, which consists of the notes C-E-G. Use your thumb, middle and pinky fingers to play this chord. Once you are comfortable with finding your way around the white keys, you are ready to play your first tune. Good luck, and let us know how it goes in the comments below! 🙂
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