Free Beginner Piano Lessons
Before we begin our free beginner piano lessons, take a moment to learn a very brief history of keyboard instruments. It helps if you also realize that you are participating in an art form which has been going on for a long time. Did you know that pianos in some form have been around for over 500 years?
Some of the first instruments of this kind were called clavichords. They had a very light, metallic sound because the small hand-pounded ‘hammers’ were made of very light weight metal-like material. These hammers struck strings of varying lengths to create different tones or pitches.
The next cousin to the clavichord was the harpsichord invented by Cristofori in Italy around 1450 A.D. This keyboard instrument had a mechanism in it called the plecktrum which ‘plucked’ the strings and produced a slightly stronger sound than its predecessor.
Whether you are playing an acoustic instrument, which is the closest relative to the history just mentioned, or an electronic keyboard, you are now participating in a centuries old musical art form.
Introduction to Learning Piano
Introduction to learning piano facts include Bartolomeo Cristofori invented the harpsichord which developed into the piano in Italy in 1698.
10,000 of the 12,000 parts in a piano are moving parts.
There are 230 strings inside a piano.
There are 5 basic parts to a piano:
- A – Key
- B – Escapement
- C – Hammer
- D – Damper
- E – String
Upright pianos have 2 pedals and grand pianos have three pedals. Only two of them are used most of the time. The right pedal is the damper pedal and is used to sustain or hold out long notes. The left pedal is the una corda which helps you play softly. The third or middle pedal is most often called the sostenuto pedal used for more advanced sustaining purposes.
Learning Piano Notes
Each of you has a different background as you begin to learn to play piano and read music. You may already have a little experience in learning piano notes or how to play some by ear. Wherever you are in your piano study be sure to start with the music note value table so that you can have a complete review and fill in any missing gaps of knowledge.