1.) Getting familiar with the notes and piano keys
A typical piano on average has eighty-eight piano keys, sometimes less. The white keys are the various octaves of the musical alphabet (A, B, C, D, E, F, G) and the black keys, which are in a pattern of twos and threes across the piano keyboard, are the sharps and flats of these notes. An example of a sharp should read as #, and a flat should read as ♭. 

 

The musical alphabet repeats after G. Playing these letters on the piano should sound like the tonal scale of Do-Re-Mi-Fa-So-La-Ti-Do. Locate each note on the piano keyboard and, if you can, label them on the keyboard by their designated note.
 

2.) Proper posture 
When playing the piano, there are specific postures you must take with both body and hands. This is important when you begin to play the piano.
 

3.) Learn the piano chords and their inversions
The piano has many chords from each of the musical alphabet. An example would be C major. Each chord has chord inversions. Depending on how many notes there are in the chord, this will determine how many inversions there should be.
 

4.) Practice simple songs 
It may seem tedious at first, but learning essential tunes like Mary Had a Little Lamb and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star will help you become more familiar with the piano keyboard, basic piano chords, and assist in practicing proper posture of both hands and body concerning the piano. These simple tunes are also easy to pick up on when playing by ear. This is the second-best way to learn piano by ear.  

 

5.) Practice, practice, practice

You’ve said, “I want to learn how to play the piano” but real learning comes with practice.  Practicing as often as possible, for at least thirty minutes to an hour a day, is the best way to master the piano. Make sure you maintain good posture and piano playing habits to avoid making too many mistakes. Ready to get started? Grab your copy of Jacques’ Free Workbook Today!