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Play Piano To-day! – Beginner Piano Lessons For Busy People!

Learn to play the piano or keyboard, quickly and easily with these inspiring lessons that fit around a busy lifestyle.
Instructor:
Jacqui Chudleigh
618 students enrolled
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Play the piano and read music with just a few minutes practice a day. A fast and effective method with great tips on how to play confidently in a short amount of time. This course fits around your busy lifestyle.
At the end of the course, you will be playing a range of pieces confidently with both hands. You will be reading music and understanding technique and wondering why you ever thought it was hard! As the course progresses, your confidence will grow and you will be able to play a lot of pieces independantly.

Piano for Busy People is for all of you who would love to play the piano but think that you don’t have time.  For those of you in stressful jobs, with young children, with family commitments, with too many jobs to do – and a whole array of different reasons why you can’t follow your dream and start learning to play the piano!

You don’t need to wait any longer. This course has been designed with you in mind and is created to fully replicate face-to-face lessons.

You need no prior knowledge of music or piano, as this course is designed for the complete beginner. You will be playing with both hands in the very first lesson and reading music in the second lesson.

Piano for Busy People is broken down into ‘bite size pieces’, you can dip in and out of at your convenience.

There is no need to spend half an hour every day, sat at your piano. You can and will achieve great results with just a few minutes a day.

There are a range of downloadable PDF’s to enhance and support your learning. These include:

·         Sheet Music – a selection of both well-known pieces and pieces that are unique to this method

·         Fact Sheets –  a range of fact sheets, detailing important aspects of your learning

·         Practice Diary – these sheets are a great way to track your progress. Top tips are given for effective use of your time so as to achieve the best results in the shortest time.

Piano for Busy People is for you and I hope that you find it a relaxing and motivating part of your very busy day.

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Introduction

Thank you for taking a look at this course. I hope that you find it interesting!

Here you will find your Practice Diary Sheets, that you can download and print, to see your progress.

A great motivational resource!

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How does this course work?

I'm so pleased that you're taking the first steps to playing the piano or keyboard. This course is designed to fully replicate face-to-face lessons, so giving you the best possible learning environment.

Follow each lecture through and replay as many times as you wish. 

There will be an introduction from me at the start of each section, and then each in each following lecture you will see my hands at the piano.

Please download the PDF sheet music, ready for your lesson, as well as any information sheets as these will enhance your learning.

Here you will also find Practice Diary Sheets. Fill these in, if you wish, as they are a great motivational resource, as you can structure your practice sessions, and look back to see how far you've progressed!

I do hope that you enjoy the course, and don't forget to let me know how you're getting on!

Getting to know your piano or keyboard

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Introduction To Your Piano or Keyboard

Hi again!

In this section, you will get to know more about your piano or keyboard.

I will show you how to 'play around' with the keys so that you become more familiar with your instrument.

Take a look at the PDF below to help think about the keys of the piano.

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Pattern of the Black and White Keys

This lecture shows the black and white keys being played on the piano. It has very similar content to the previous lecture, so choose one or the other and then move on to the next lecture.

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Making Up A Tune On The Black Keys

Making up your own music is known as improvising. By choosing the black keys to start exploring improvisation, you can be sure that all the notes will 'match' so you shouldn't get too many clashing sounds!

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The Musical Alphabet

In music, we use the first 7 letters of the alphabet to name our notes - A B C D E F G.

In this lecture you will find out where each note is positioned on your piano or keyboard.

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The Pedals

The pedals are used to enhance our playing and by using the pedal on the right hand side - the sustaining pedal - we can add a lovely smooth effect to our playing.

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Power Practice

The word 'practice' can sometimes fill us with dread! I like to use the word 'play' as we play the piano to enjoy it!

Power Practice is all about making the best use of your time. and making your practice or play time the most effective it can be.

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How Well Do You Know Your Piano?

See how well you know your piano, by answering these questions!

Playing with both hands

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Introduction to Playing With Both Hands

Your hands are obviously so important in playing the piano or keyboard, and in this section you will find out about finger numbers and how to develop the correct hand position.

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Your Hands
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Playing With Your Right Hand
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Playing With Your Left Hand
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Playing With Both Hands
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Your Hand Position On The Piano

Your hand position is very important. Check that you're in the right position

Climb the ladder - the stave or staff

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Introduction To The Stave or Staff

All our music is written on the Stave of Staff, which consist of 5 lines and 4 spaces. Our notes are positioned on these lines and spaces and tell us what key to play on our piano.

Take a look at this section to find out how to read the music with confidence.

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Introduction to The Stave, Measures/Bars and Bar Lines

Our music is divided up into bars or measures. Find out more about how this affects your playing in this section

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The Stave and The Piano 1
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The Stave and The Piano 2
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Introduction To Note Values

A rhythm is made up of a combination of notes of different length. A beat stays consistent.

In this section, you will learn to recognize and play notes of different lengths and combine them within your pieces

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The Notes on the Stave

Take a look at how each note is positioned on the lines and spaces of the stave or staff.

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C Breeze
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C Left
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Au Claire De La Lune
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Five Note Fanfare
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The Stave or Staff

Test your knowledge of reading music with this quick quiz.

Five fingers and two hands

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Introduction To Practice

Top Tips on how to practice and include 'practice bubbles' in your 'Power Practice'

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'Together'
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'Over and Over'
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'Scotland'
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Jingle Bells

Adding basic chords

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Introduction To Chords

A chord is made up of two or more notes played together. Some chords sound great - others not so great!

Take a look at this section to find out more about chords and how to play them in your pieces.

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Good King Wenceslas
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Happy Birthday
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'Tranquility'
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Chords

What is a chord?

Taking a rest

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Introduction To Rests

Rests are 'signs of silence' and are as important as our notes. Nearly all notes have a rest and in this section you will find out how to recognize them and how to use them in your pieces.

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Rests
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'Reggae To Go'
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'No Time To Rest'
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Rests

What is a rest?

Express yourself!

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Introduction To Dynamics

The word 'dynamics' basically means your 'volume control' in music.

Adding dynamics to your playing, creates atmosphere, character and feeling.

Dynamics are mostly written in Italian and in this section you will learn their meaning and how to play them.

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'Over and Over' with dynamics
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'Tranquility' with dynamics
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Dynamics

Moving hands up and down

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Moving Your Hands Around The Piano

In this section you will learn how to change hand position which will give you more notes available to play.

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Exercise for the right hand
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Exercise for the Left Hand
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Minuet In G

Tyeing it all together - extending notes with dots and ties

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Introduction to Dotted Notes

In this section you will learn how to extend notes using dots and ties.

Find out about 'dotted notes' - what they do and how to play them!

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Introduction to Tied Notes

A Tie is a line that joins two or more notes of the same pitch. Find out more about ties in this section - how to recognize them and how to play them.

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'When The Saints Go Marching In' - right hand
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'When The Saints Go Marching In' - left hand
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Introduction to Dotted Notes
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'Michael Row The Boat Ashore' - right hand
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Michael Row The Boat Ashore - Left Hand and Together
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Dots and Ties

See what you can remember about dots and ties!

Sharpen it up and flatten it down

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Introduction to Sharps

In this section, you will learn to understand 'sharps' and 'flats'.

Firstly, we are looking at sharps. To make a note sharp, we need to raise it by a semi-tone.

Look our for the symbol that looks like a hash tag - that's your sharp sign! #

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Sharps
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More About Sharps
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Introduction To Flats

A Flat is a sign that looks a little like the letter 'b'. To flatten a note, means to lower it by a semi-tone.

Find out how to recognize flats and how to play them in this section.

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Flats
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Sharps and Flats

See what you can remember about sharps and flats

O Sole Mio - G Major and F#

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Introduction to G Major

In this section, we are talking about key signatures. 

In this famous piece, O Sole Mio, you will be playing F sharps from the key signature. Find out more........

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Key Signatures - G Major Exercise
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O Sol Mio - 1st Section
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O Sol Mio - 2nd Section
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O Sol Mio - 3rd Section
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O Sol Mio - 4th Section
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O Sol Mio - 5th Section

To A Wild Rose - F Major and Bb

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Introduction To F Major

The key of F Major has one flat in it ....Bb.

Find out more about F Major in this section, and play a well known piece using those B flats!

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Key Signatures - F Major Exercise
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To A Wild Rose - Right Hand
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To A Wild Rose - Left Hand

Greensleeves - A Minor

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Introduction To A Minor

Pieces of music written in a minor key, generally sound sad.

In this section, we will be exploring A Minor and playing a well known piece in the key of A Minor.

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Key Signatures - A Minor Exercise
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Greensleeves - 1st section
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Greensleeves - 2nd Section

The scale trail

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Introduction To Scales

The word 'scale' comes from the Italian word 'scala' which means ladder.

Scales usually go up in step, and are really useful in learning key signatures and different finger patterns.

Have a go!

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Scales and C Major Right Hand
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G Major Scale Right Hand
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C and G Major Left Hand
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F Major Scale Right Hand
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F Major Scale Left Hand
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A Minor Scale - Right and Left Hand

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