Learn to play keyboard

The first thing when you learn to play keyboard is to realize is that Keyboard and Piano are two different instruments, even though the actual keyboard is the same on both of them! This page has advice for both beginners who want to learn to play keyboard and pianists who can already read music but want to know how to play keyboard in addition to the piano. Please also browse the rest of the site, whether you are a current or future keyboard player as it has some excellent advice on how to make your keyboard practice more effective!




Beginners

If you are a complete beginner then I recommend the Stephen Parry Learn to Play Keyboards course. This is one of the best online keyboard lessons courses I have seen and takes you through a series of progressive stages using downloadable, printed and audio material. Listening to a demo of a piece before learning it helps you learn quicker and more effectively. I always recommend listening to performances of pieces to my students. In fact, listening exercises make up an important part of their music practice each week.

The course is enjoyable and students begin to achieve playing various tunes early on in the course, which helps encourage progress. If you have always wanted to learn how to play keyboard but have never had the time, make time now! The course is downloadable, so you could be getting started very soon! Good luck!




Pianists

If you are a pianist who wants to learn how to play keyboard then the Keyboard Crash Course is designed especially for you! You don't have to wade through lots of stuff you know already at the start of the book such as how to read music. The Keyboard Crash Course book teaches you how to read lead sheets (melody and chords) and work out accompaniments and backings based on the chords. It also teaches you how to work out keys, voicing chords and the role of the keyboardist within a group, plus some information on the different patches (sounds) on the keyboard, which ones to use where, and (more importantly) which ones to avoid!

As a pianist and keyboard player myself, I know how important it is to be aware of the difference between these two instruments. As somebody once said to me "If somebody asks you to play golf, you don't turn up with a tennis raquet!" As a pianist/keyboard play the philosophy is the same… when asked to play keyboards, don't play piano on the keyboard!





Have you used an online music course or a piece of music learning software?

How was your experience? What were the good (and bad) points about the course? Is it a course that isn't mentioned on the site already that others might want to check out? Share your experience with other users by writing a review...

[ ? ]

Author Information (optional)

To receive credit as the author, enter your information below.

(first or full name)

(e.g., City, State, Country)

Submit Your Contribution

 submission guidelines.


(You can preview and edit on the next page)

Expert Practice Secrets


practice makes perfect by simon horsey

Frustrated with your practice? Read Practice Makes Perfect and hack the 10,000 hour rule. Cut your practice time by up to 25%! Make faster progress, learn pieces and scales faster, memorize more easily, and much more. "If you play an instrument you need this book!"






Recent Articles

  1. Baglama Lesson, Tarditional Turkish Music

    Oct 17, 17 06:51 PM

    I took my online lessons from an Azerbaijani musician in Istanbul. I could find him from his website. I put here for in-need people. I am very satisfied

    Read More

  2. Smart Game Piano

    Oct 17, 17 06:50 PM

    Hello! First of all, thank you for publishing all this useful info on piano learning. I would like to share my experience using Smart Game Piano How

    Read More

  3. Paul Selcovitz Bass Player, Inside Straight.

    Oct 17, 17 06:21 PM

    You may wear the finest clothes, own the biggest house, eat only gourmet foods and live the most extravagant lifestyle known. All of those are improved

    Read More