It certainly has been a while since I last blogged...I have been busy with so many things, but I am back now and ready to start blogging again. I thought I'd blog today about beginner piano lessons. Many parents want their children to learn to play the piano and I have had many parents who ask what they can do to oversee to their child's progress when their child begins learning the piano.
We all know that learning the notes and recognizing pitches are also essential in piano playing, but one of the most important thing for students, (which I find many teachers out there overlook) when they first begin their lesson is to develop a correct piano posture. Sit your child down at the piano and ensure that he or she is sitting with their back straight, and their shoulders back.
Next, position the bench so that the child's elbows are to their side and a little to the front when they place their hands on the piano keys. Tell them to imagine that they are holding a ball as they play. The hand and fingers should be curved and not flat. Their wrist should be in line with their hands and their thumb should be close to the same level as their fingers. The hands should not rest on the piano's edge.
These positions should be developed the moment they begin their lessons. It is always good to develop good habits from the very start. I have seen many students who have very bad body and hand posture and it affects their playing and the whole visual aspects.
The next thing important lesson is where the C notes are on the piano. This is the first note that they are likely to learn in beginning piano lessons. This note is easy to find as it is the key immediately to the left of every group of two black keys. The one in the center is known as middle C and it is the most important note to know when one first learn to play the piano. It should be directly in front of where your child sits and on most acoustic pianos, it is located near the logo.
Finally, the next important lesson is probably the finger numbering system. Every finger has a number, beginning with the thumbs as number one, and ending with the pinkies as number five. The index, middle and fourth fingers will be numbered as twos, threes, and fours respectively. When the child starts the piano lessons, he or she may see these numbers on the music score as they play. This tells the child what finger should be used to play the notes. The finger associations will change when they progress to higher levels.
Keep this is mind when you first start your piano lesson. Remember body and hand postures are very important aspects of piano playing.
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