Introduction: How to Play the Piano on the Computer

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If you have ever wanted to learn how to play the piano - now you can. there are many computer programs that allow you to work independently from your home computer to learn how to play songs on the piano very easily and it is also fun for everyone..
I will continue to post and share some of my piano solos that I learned to play on the virtual piano. If you would like to hear some piano solos played on the virtual piano and for free sheet music downloads find us on facebook at onlineclassesforeveryone 

Step 1: Your Resource

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To get started decide what type of software you would like to use for your piano lessons. There are many choices... I am not going to promote any particular program but I want to discuss that for those who have never played the piano before, you can acutally learn how to play online with applications that allow you to play a virtual piano right from your own home computer. You can connect a small digital electric piano to your computer to play your songs with use of the software interface, but If you do not have a digital keyboard you can use your computer keyboard until you are ready to invest in a digital keyboard.

Step 2: Learn the Fundamentals of Piano Playing

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Well now that you have the virtual piano software on your computer and have connected your digital keyboard - you can get started!

Start by learning  the notes on the piano and the musical value of the notes. You will learn about whole notes, half notes, quarter notes, eighth notes and sixteenth notes as well as the musical scales.  Make sure you learn this very well because this will help you to learn how to read sheet music in the future. Your virtual piano in many instances will have many creative ways to teach you the basic fundamentals to learn musical notation. Give it a try...

Step 3: Learn Some Music Theory

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When you are first starting out on your journey to learn how to play the piano, it is very important that you understand, how to understand music theory.  

Most people that are interested in learning music are usually interested either in learning how to read music or learning how music actually works. It does not really matter which path that you start on, what is important is that you realize and understand that music is a universal language and that it will take time and effort to learn well. Your virtual piano will have some lessons included about piano scales and about rhythm and also note values to help you understand what playing the piano is all about.


Music theory is like learning the grammar of music, it will allow you to not only learn how to read and play music but to also get a much better understanding of exactly what is going on with what you enjoy listening too. This way if you are interested in learning how to play something that you have heard or if you want to create your own original music you will know how to go about doing it.




Step 4: Play Some Chords

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musical chords are three tones that are played together to make beautiful sounds. sometimes a chord is harmony and sometimes it is not. But as you learn chords and chord progressions like the circle of fifths this will make your piano playing sound more professional. As a beginner you can start out with the easy piano pieces but then go on to make progress and play more advanced songs.

Step 5: Play a Song

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I think that this is so exciting... with modern technology you can learn how to play piano songs in your spare time with software and your computer and also some music files that are very plentiful on the internet to learn any type of musical style. If you like classical to pop music your music files can be uploaded into your virtual piano software so that you can learn how to play the piano songs of your own choice. Be sure to be dedicated and disciplined to practice and with time and patience you will learn to play many songs on the piano keyboard. 

Step 6: Give It a Try!

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Learning to play the piano without having someone to teach you can be very difficult. Of course there are online instructors and they are very helpful because they can demonstrate techniques and answer questions. But if you keep a regular time to practice and keep following your online lessons the virtual piano can be a wonderful choice to help you learn how to play the piano very quickly and you can get right to playing songs without years of learning scales and theory.  Sometimes people just want to learn songs and then go on to study more about theory later....  Check this out and see if it is for you.

For more of my music projects and tutorials on how to play piano as well as free sheet music downloads, find us on facebook:
online-classes-for-everyone

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klady3818 (author)2014-07-09

I am on Google Helpouts For Live Piano Sessions and for answering questions about how to play the piano... https://helpouts.google.com/111756776005292555826/ls/8c19b7f1ce9e24f7

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