Not everyone who sets out to learn how to play an instrument will accomplish their goals because playing an instrument takes time, practice, patience, dedication, and discipline.

We've created this article to help you through your process of getting started and learning how to play the piano. Learn what are songs you can start learning how to play, get a quick theory lesson (without having to search through the books) about the history of the instrument, see what types of pianos there are, and more.

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Easy piano songs for beginners

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It is not like you'll use your left hand more than your right hand on the piano, it is an instrument that requires the use of every hand and finger, (all 10 fingers), and even your left foot to control the pedals (although the hand and each finger are much more important). Photo by Dolo Iglesias on Unsplash

When you start learning to play the piano you won't go straight to learning how to play one song or some chords. First, you have to be familiarized with the piano.

You will be taught how to read a music sheet, then you will have to learn what finger usually plays what key, you will also have to learn hands and fingers techniques, and some teachers tend to designate some lessons to learning theory about the instrument.

However, before you start your lessons, you first have to decide what modality you'd like, if for example, you'd rather have online lessons instead of going to a music academy, or if you'd like to have a private teacher come to your home.

After you decide on the modality you also have to define the approach you'd like.

For instance, if you're someone who is laid back and you want to occupy your free hours learning the piano, you're someone who is a music major and you need help in piano classes, you want to learn how to play a couple of songs, or you are in middle school and you're required to learn how to play an instrument.

Your approach to learning will depend on your situation and the reason why you want to spend time learning how to play the piano. A lesson for an adult who wants to learn to play as a hobby will have a different approach compared to a lesson for a student doing a music major.

However, playing the piano does not differ depending on the person, one of the only things that can change is the approach to learning. If you are at a beginner level continue reading and learn which are the easiest music pieces you can learn on the piano.

Below, you will find a list of some of the songs that are taught to students who just started learning how to play the piano:

  • Franz Schubert – Ave Maria
  • Beethoven – Ode to Joy
  • J.S. Bach – Minuet in G Major, BWV Anh 114
  • Bill Withers – Ain’t No Sunshine
  • Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
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A great way to learn the music scale and the keys are by using your sense of listening (your ear) and every day during your lessons you practice understanding pitch one step at a time. Photo by Josh Appel on Unsplash

What is the history of the piano in the US?

Before we tell you how the history books narrate the arrival of the piano in the country, you should learn who and how exactly the piano was created.

The piano was invented by the Italian musician, Bartolomeo Cristofori. Before he created the piano, he used to play an instrument called the harpsichord. However, he believed that the harpsichord didn't allow the player to have control over the volume level.

Cristofori switched out the plucking mechanism with a hammer to create the modern piano during the early 18th century around the year 1700. Continue reading about this part of history and every step that it took for the modern piano to come to be.

When it comes to the history of the piano in America, you should know that, first, the ancestors of the piano made it to the United States during the 18th century. It is rumored that Thomas Jefferson fell in love with the instrument the first time he saw one in 1771.

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Learning to play the piano implies understanding key vocabularies like a chord, chords, notes, major, theory, middle note, music scale, music sheet, pedals, hammers, and more. Photo by Ian Dooley on Unsplash

During the 19th century, pianos became part of the music culture in the United States and by 1840 society even recognized the "piano girl" as a type. It became very common for young girls to learn how to play at least a couple of notes on the keyboard. But it was very common for families to pay for piano lessons so their daughters can embark on a musical path.

Over time, the United States has become the home to many renowned composers and pianists. Some of the most famous players are Florence Prince, Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington, Clara Edwards, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, and more.

Understanding the history of the piano will help you understand your lessons even if you don't use your knowledge directly. For example, learning about the instruments that came before the piano will help you understand the mechanisms and engineering of the current piano you play.

We recommend you read some piano books or find an article (like this one) with great information about playing the piano, music, piano keys, correct use of hands and fingers, and many other things. Make sure you find books with an updated version, this way you guarantee that the information you are learning is the best.

Different types of pianos

As you continue to learn about the piano, you shouldn't only learn about the songs you can play or the history of the piano. You should also know what are the different types of pianos and figure out which type you'd like to learn with.

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No matter if you're a kid or an adult if you have the will to learn you'll do well during your piano lessons if you take things one step at a time. Photo by Isaac Ibbott on Unsplash

 

There are two different piano branches, the acoustic piano, and the digital piano. These two types of pianos have their similarities (they both have a keyboard, for instance), their pros, cons, and different designs— especially the acoustic piano.

The acoustic piano generates its sound by having a mechanism of keys hitting hammers, and hammers hitting strings. The vibration causes the different notes we hear, and each note changes depending on the scale of the music.

On the other hand, the digital piano has a digital file that contains the different notes, and each time you press one of the keys on the keyboard it tells the system to generate the sound programmed for that key.

Each piano has its own set of pros and cons, but it all depends on the type of music you'd like to play.

If you already have an acoustic or digital piano in your house (no matter the version) but you'd rather have another design, we recommend you first ask your teacher to teach you how to play on the piano you already have. Once you've been playing for a while, and after you've saved enough money, you can go after the piano or keyboard of your dreams.

Best places online to learn piano

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Playing different chords each day on the piano cant turn you into a really good pianist because practice is better than many other things. Photo by Louis Smith on Unsplash

There are plenty of great online resources you can use to help you practice and prepare for your piano lessons. Finding free resources to practice your piano skills will help you learn much faster.

Don't forget that there are plenty of tools available for free. If you want to pay for any resource you might as well pay for a teacher or a private tutor to teach you a couple of things or even just one song.

Finding a good private tutor can take time but we bet you'll find your next tutor right here on Superprof. Some of the information you need to look for is the amount of experience a teacher has, whether they teach online or in-person, their teaching methodology, and so on.

You should also take note of the songs they like to teach, whether they are an adult— as opposed to a student teaching another student— and more.

Many tutors offer the first lesson for free to show possible students how they like to work. During that free lesson, as a student, you should pay attention to their work and teaching methods. Don't forget you won't know everything about your tutor after one lesson, but it can definitely help.

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