Step 2: Piano Basics

Before you can begin to play, you should learn some basic parts of the piano.


On a normal piano, the keyboard is the horizontal row of keys that you use to play the music.

Keys are the individual units that you must press down when you want to play a note.

Most pianos have three pedals at their base that you use to alter or sustain a note that you are played.

'Music Rack:'
Used to hold your sheet music.
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"Most pianos have three pedals"? you must hang out with some fancy pianists. I always thought only grands (baby grands and upright grands too) had three pedals. Right for sustain, left for mute and the third middle pedal (only present on some pianos) for practice, permanent semi mute. I'm sure you know all this because you're instructable is pretty nice and complete but I thought I'd mention it all just in case anyone reading it wanted to know. Nice 'ible
My upright piano has three pedals, and so do all the other ones I've played on (they're not grands... if only...). Right was sustain, middle was permanent damper/mute and left was 1-string shift.
On the more expensive grands you find the middle pedal is a <em>sostenuto</em> pedal which only sustains the note(s) pressed at the same time as the pedal is initially pressed. Because of it's relative obscurity, very little music is composed with this pedal, and most uprights use the middle pedal for practice mute.<br/><br/>My own addition after playing for 8 years would be that &quot;It's all in the wrists&quot;. Seriously, wrist posture and movement separates the newer (or worse) players from the more experienced, better players. As old-fashioned as it may seem, putting a penny on the back of the hands when playing scales is a useful exercise.<br/>
my upright electric clavinova has 3
To improve sight reading and note recognition, I've created a free online game. You can test it out at:<br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://martypapa.blogspot.com/2009/06/fast-keys.html">http://martypapa.blogspot.com/2009/06/fast-keys.html</a><br/>Hope this helps!<br/>
Very good! If you don't mind, can you check out my instructable on piano?
I took a class in college to learn to play the piano. The first day of class the lady taught us how to find and play middle C, so I think this is perfect as a first lesson. I wish I had the Internet when I was a kid. :-(
There's an awful lot more of "How to play the piano" you could have put in here. L

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