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How to Start Playing Piano

Not sure where to begin? You're in the right spot! Learn everything you need to know about playing or owning a piano.
  1. Beginner Musical Glossary (110)
  2. Beginner Musical Symbols (18)
  3. Beginner Piano FAQ (21)
  4. Holiday Piano Songs (21)
  5. Music Theory (54)
  6. Piano & Keyboard Reviews (12)
  7. Printable Drill Lessons (4)

Learning Piano vs. Keyboard
When it comes to owning a piano or learning how to play, there are some clear differences between acoustic and electric instruments that you’ll want to consider; learn more.

Beginner Piano Lesson Outline
Use this streamlined guide to learn everything you need to know as a beginner pianist.

Free, Printable Piano Book
Piano practice lessons available in several file formats and sizes. Each lesson targets a specific technique, and ends with a practice song to perfect your new skills and exercise your sight-reading abilities. Start from the beginning, or pick up where you feel comfortable!

Memorize the Notes of the Grand Staff
Learn the notes of the piano's treble and bass staves using visual guides and mnemonic devices.

Notes of the Piano Keys
There are really only 7 piano notes to remember; and once you know the names of the white keys, you can easily identify the black keys. Learn the notes of the piano with helpful illustrations and tips.

How to Read Piano Music
Learn how to read and play notes naturally with this color-guided intro to piano scales; perfect for absolute beginners and those uncomfortable reading piano notation.

Musical Symbols of Piano Music
Learn about the musical symbols, abbreviations, and terminology of piano notation.

Easy Piano Chord Charts
Learn to play the various types of piano chords with illustrated keyboard fingering, staff notation, chord inversions, and interval explanations.

Essential Piano Fingering
Learn which fingers play which notes for piano chords and scales, and find out how proper piano fingering can improve agility, playing speed, and sight-reading.

How to Sit at the Piano
To achieve proper piano posture, you may have to tweak your bench to suit your height and shape; learn how to optimize your playing by sitting correctly at the keys.

Finding a Piano Teacher
Learn what to ask before you hire; where to look; what to expect in a lesson, and how much piano lessons cost.

How to Spot a Great Piano Teacher
Learn the must-have qualities of a piano teacher, and why you shouldn't settle for the easiest option.

♫ Musical Quizzes! ♫
Test your knowledge of musical symbols, terminology, theory & piano notation.

Hand & Wrist Positions for Piano
Play more efficiently and reduce the risk of injury: Learn the correct hand, wrist, and arm positions for playing piano.

Left Hand Piano Fingering
Left hand fingering is similar to that of the right, but there are a few key techniques for bass chords and low octave scales; learn more.

Music Note-Lengths in U.S. & U.K. English
Learn about the different music note symbols, including eighth notes, whole notes, quarter notes, and more.

Accidentals & Double-Accidentals
View the accidentals, and learn the purpose of double-sharps and flats.

Understanding Key Signatures
Learn how to read the key signatures and play in tune, with clear illustrations and tips.

Glossary of Practice Scales for Piano
Printable piano scales and exercises in the major and minor keys, with or without piano fingering.

Preparing for a Piano Recital
Find out everything you need to know about piano recital etiquette and preparation, and learn the dos and don'ts of performance day.

Piano Care Checklist
Learn about proper piano-cleaning; instrument inspection; when to tune; which room conditions are ideal for acoustic and electric pianos, and more!

Find the Value of Your Piano
Use this guide to determine the age and value of your acoustic piano.

When to Tune a Piano
Staying in-tune is important to your music and to your piano's health. Learn how often your piano needs to be tuned, and how to make your tunings less costly.

Find Qualified Piano Tuners
Worldwide list of professional piano tuning guilds and tech organizations.

How to Inspect a Piano for Damage
If you're buying a used piano - or you're looking to gauge the health of your own - you'll want to look out for certain problems. Learn common and easy-to-spot signs of piano damage.

How To Buy a Piano or Keyboard
Learn what to consider when searching for a keyboard instrument. Compare acoustic vs. electric; new vs. used; grand vs. upright, and more.

How to Buy a Used Piano
Learn the questions you must ask before buying a pre-owned piano.

How to Shop for an Electric Keyboard
Shopping for a musical keyboard involves more decisions than ever. Get a breakdown of your options, and bring home an electric piano with the right features for you.

Musical Keyboard Feature Comparison Guide
Quick guide for comparing all of the current keyboard reviews - sort by price, rating, or number of keys.

Find Middle C on All Keyboard Sizes
This illustrated guide will help you find C4 on each of the four standard keyboard sizes.

How to Read Piano Sheet Music
Learn the essentials of reading piano sheet music from the very beginning, or pick up where you need some extra help!

Musical Symbols of Piano Music
Musical symbols, abbreviations, and terminology of piano notation.

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