The first thing a piano player has to know is how to read and interpret a simple musical text, how to disciplinate their hands and rhythmically move their fingers. It is an important thing to develop your musical thinking but the most important thing is love for music and that will help you the most.
As a beginner love for music will help you evolve and encourage you to be better and better but technical exercises are important to help you evolve. Here are some of the basic Keyboard playing tips which you can follow to start your journey on becoming the best keyboard player.
1. Get to know your instrument
The first tip, more like a rule, is to get to know your instrument. Watching tutorials or videos or read about it – whatever works best for you. Get to know how it worked, of what it is composed, all details about it. Your instrument should have no secrets for you.
2. Learn how to sit correctly
Buy yourself a piano bench for your keyboard. To have a free movement and the correct distance from the keyboard you should sit only halfly on the bench. Keep in mind that only a small portion on your knees should be under the keyboard while your feet are flat on the floor. Considering this guidelines find a comfortable and natural position that doesn’t make you feel like sitting in a forced position.
3. Disciplinate your hands and learn the correct position
Before starting to play on the keyboard, sit in front of the instrument in the adequate position. In order to get your full attention exclusively on the movement of your hands you’ll have to start with some silent gymnastics. Start with the following exercise on the keyboard’s cover(or a table).
The hand and the forearm should form a straight line, which you’ll be giving a curvy form. The thumbs should be flexed and the other fingers in extension. You must find a position that is comfortable, natural and unforced. You’ll have to say: one, two, three, four,five. Before saying „one”, the thumb will be elevated with a very fast move and should be dropped the second you say „one”. Lifting and dropping the thumb must be only one continuous move because when lifting you thumb you already have to think how to attack the next musical note and not the lifting/dropping your finger action. Do the same thing with all the fingers until you get a cursive movement from one to five.
4. Understand the keyboard
Musical notes are A,B,C,D,E,F,G. Than they repeat. To find the note A look of a group of three black jeys. A is between the second and the third black key. The right key to be more exact. It’s a pretty complicated explication, isn’t it? Until you know all the keys by heart it might help to just write on the keys the letters so you get used to them more easily.
5. Learn to listen to music
Look up some piano music for beginners, preferably with musical scores. Listen to the music- first just to feel it. Try to understand what it tries to express, explore how and what it makes you feel. Listen to it the second time. Try to identify the part you are listening to on the musical score. Listen to it a third time while reading the score and trying to find the keys on the keyboard and play the music. You probably won’t get it right the first time. Try to do it on pieces and work your way into the whole melody.