In Tutorial 1 of the FREE How to Play Keyboard Series, you will begin locating and playing notes on your keyboard with confidence and correct technique. You will also begin to investigate some of your keyboard's tones/sounds.
Locating Notes on the Keyboard
There are seven notes used in music - A B C D E F and G. There is no "H". Each of these letter names is given to a key on the keyboard in a repeating pattern.
There is also a repeating pattern of black keys on the keyboard, with a group of 3 black keys alternating with a group of 2 black keys.
Middle C is located in the center of the keyboard to the left of the middle group of 2 black notes. All other C notes on the keyboard are also found to the left of the group of 2 black notes. The names of all other keys can be worked out from their position relative to these C notes.
Music Staff & Treble Clef
The musical staff consists of 5 lines and 4 spaces.
The treble clef located at the beginning of the staff, indicates that the notes written on the staff are those located mostly on the upper half of the keyboard and are generally played with the right hand.
Composers can write notes on the line, in the space or above or below the lines and spaces.
To play your first 5 notes use your thumb (finger 1) to play Middle C and then each finger in turn on one key at time until you reach the G key with finger 5 (your pinky).
Take your time to get comfortable with playing your first 5 notes ascending (going up) and descending (going down). Be mindful of your posture. Curve your fingers and press the keys down with the weight of your arm, rather than striking the keys by moving your fingers up and down from their knuckles
There are many ways that you can play your first 5 notes; softly, loudly, connected (legato), detached (staccato), gradually louder or gradually softer.
The demonstration keyboard is not a "touch sensitive" instrument. This means that the volume of the note sounds can only be altered by adjusting the volume control slider. Effects like playing softly, loudly and gradually louder or gradually softer are not possible to play on the demonstration instrument. Not to worry - there is still much great music to be made!
You can adjust the note volume of touch sensitive instruments by increasing or decreasing the pressure that you apply with your fingers to the keys. If you press the keys more heavily the sound produced is louder than if you press more lightly. Check your instruction manual to determine the volume control features of you instrument.
Keyboard Instrument Tones
Your keyboard will allow you to play hundreds of instrument sounds and combinations of sounds at the touch of a button. On the demonstration instrument a "tone" button allows the selection of various instrument sounds. Check your instrument's instruction manual to determine how to select the instrument sounds that are available for to you to play.
Learning to play piano/keyboard is fast, easy and fun so it's never too late to realise your dream of being able to play your favourite music.
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Happy playing, from Joanne.