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Piano Lessons for Beginners: Part 1 - Getting Started! Learn some simple chords

hi if you just bought your first

keyboard or piano and you don't know

where to get started you've come to the

right place I've made this little

miniseries just for you so you can

jump-start your piano playing career

it's gonna have a couple of parts and

we're going to gradually build up your

skills and vocabulary and I plan to

release a video approximately maybe once

or twice a month

let's get started and we'll need a

little bit of terminology if you look at

the piano keyboard

you see it's made out of repeating units

you have two black keys three Black Keys

two three two three and so forth the

white key to the left of any two black

keys is called a C so this is a C this

is a C this is a C and so forth the

notes are named following the C as you

would perhaps expect them to be this is

a c d e f g and then it wraps around and

a goes back to a b and c and it keeps

going c d e f g a b c okay so we got the

naming under our belt the first thing i

want to teach you in terms of playing is

how to play a couple of simple chords

and i'm going to assume that you want to

company yourself singing in the piano

that's kind of the popular approach to

playing the piano so maybe you want to

sound like this

I'm going to teach you four chords which

will be C major F major G major and a

minor or I just play them out C major F

major G major and E minor if I don't say

major after chord name it's assumed so

I'll just maybe call them C F G in a

minor let me start by showing you how to

play them again you can play them either

in the left on the right hand we're

gonna focus on the right hand for

starters here's a C major chord and I'm

playing three notes all of the chords

have three notes in this video and I'm

playing it G a C and an E with my right

hand now notice the fingering the

fingering means which fingers I used to

play this chord I'm using my thumb my

first finger and my fourth finger now

this is largely a matter of taste you

could use this fingering as well some

third finger and fifth finger it's kind

of up to you to experiment and see what

feels natural for you the next chord is

f major so I'm playing an a C and F and

I'm using my thumb first finger and

fifth finger on the right hand and the

fingers are just numbered the way you'd

expect them one two three four five for

the G major chord I'm playing a G B and

D with my thumb first finger and fourth

finger and finally for a minor I'm

playing an AC and E with thumb first

finger and fourth finger again

experiment you'd might find it more

convenient to use your thumb third

finger and fifth finger to play some of

these voicings now what about your left

hand so the left hand is going to play

the bass note and the bass note is

simply going to be the name of the chord

the note that correspond

- the name of the court so for a c-major

chord in the right hand you're gonna

play a C note in the left hand for an F

you'd play an F note in the left hand

for an a minor play an a in the left

hand and for a G which II major you play

a G note G in your left hand it doesn't

really matter how you finger these you

can just even use one finger if it's

more convenient for you you can just

jump around but it's more convenient a

little bit to put all of your five

fingers like this such that your thumb

rests on the C and then you can press

the C with your thumb the F with your

pinkie with your fifth finger the a with

your third and G with your fourth finger

so you don't have to jump around your

hand hand just rests evenly on one spot

so now you have four chords under your

belt and you can expand first of all

start by experimenting with different

combinations

so let's see so you can start with a

scene

going to an F going to an a-minor going

to a G

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how about a different combination let's

go for something that starts with an

a-minor goes to a C major then goes to a

let's say F major and G major

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a minor major

F major G major let's go for a third

combination just to see how it sounds

let's do an F major C major - a G major

to an a minor

if major C major G major a minor

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now a great number of popular songs have

been written using just these four

chords and just go online and look for

some of your favorite songs and see

which ones were written using C F G and

a minor now one more thing before we

conclude for today and that is basically

what you can do to add some motion and

interest to your playing is once you've

hit a chord just repeat it at constant

intervals so I'm gonna play it and then

hopefully that will give you an idea of

what I mean and I'll play let's say a C

major - an F major - C major - an F

major and so forth

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why am i playing by the way I'm holding

down my piano pedal so you can't see it

with the camera but all keyboards today

come with petals and pianos come with

pedals and the nice thing about the

pedal is that if I don't press the pedal

and I press a note and let go the note

stops but if I hold down the pedal and I

press the note and they leave it it

keeps on ringing and the same goes for

the court without a pedal and with a

pedal

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so the idea is to hold down the pedal

for as long as you're on a particular

Court when you switch between chords

be sure to depress the pedal so the

previous cord doesn't keep on ringing

when you switch to the new chord so I'm

keeping my pedal pressed here

depressing Athan they moved to the F

major and Kennedy press it pressed again

the present press

and so forth so this will give you a

nice full sound when playing and of

course the sort of quintessential song

that you probably want to check out for

these four chord is imagined by John

Lennon do go ahead and have a look and

in the next lesson I'm going to show you

four different ways interesting ways in

which you can make your playing sound

more interesting so not just push down

the chords but make it sound more mature

complex and sophisticated that's it I

hope you've learned something

interesting welcome to your first lesson

for playing the piano I hope you'll have

many more and enjoy your path and I'll

see you next time