to "PianoNanny.com." The graphics in this tutorial will be minimal so
that the loading speed into your browser will be as fast as possible. You will
need to have at least a small portable keyboard in front of you as you go through
these lessons so that you can look at it and become familiar with it. Learning
a keyboard is like typing. You need a typewriter keyboard in front of you to learn
to type. The same is true of the piano. You need a piano keyboard in front of
you to learn to play piano. A small Casio or Yamaha
portable keyboard with built-in
speakers would work just fine.
you first look at the piano keyboard, it
looks like there are lots and lots of notes
to learn. Not so! You only need to learn
12 notes. The shaded area on the keyboard
above shows the 12 notes you will need to
learn. Notes on a piano are grouped
in sets of 12 notes.
group has 7 white keys and 5 black keys.
Look at the keyboard above and count the
7 white keys and 5 black keys in the shaded
area. This is one group. This group is repeated
over and over, up the keyboard and down
the keyboard. Each group starts with a "C"
note. See the note labeled "C"
above? On any keyboard, "C"
is always the first white key that is to
the left of two black keys.