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Piano Lessons for Beginners

flowkey provides you with interactive step-by-step piano lessons that will take you from zero to pro faster than ever.

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Getting started as a piano beginner has never been easier

In the piano beginners' mind there are three questions: Where do I start, what are the most important things to know and how long will it take me to become a decent player? Until recently the answers to those questions weren‘t satisfying at all. You would need to find a good teacher or cut your way through a myriad of online tutorials. Starting out as a piano beginner, it took months before you could play even basic songs.

Fortunately, all of this has changed with flowkey. New advancements in interface design and audio technology allow for a completely new dimension of piano lessons for beginners.

flowkey provides you with a comprehensive step-by-step learning path that will take you from zero to playing your first song – in minutes, not months! And after just a few weeks of daily practice you will reach a level that allows you to play many great songs using both hands. Before flowkey, this would have taken you up to two years.

From piano beginner to pro in 10 steps

Below you can find the learning path for beginners, consisting of 10 consecutive piano lessons

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1. First steps

Our piano lessons for beginners start off with orientating yourself properly with the keyboard. The C position is the most common position for playing simple melodies, and is the groundwork for any new piano beginner. In your first piano lesson, you will learn the beginners version of Beethoven's classic, "Ode to Joy", based on the C position.

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2. Easy songs for the right hand

In this second piano lesson for beginners, you will master the C position from your right hand. Timeless classics such as "When the Saints Go Marching In", and "Jingle Bells" are learned to help solidify your knowledge as a beginner.

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3. Playing with the left hand

As soon as you can play basic melodies with your right hand you are ready to focus on your left hand. There is also a C position for the left hand that starts one octave below the middle C, and in this third piano lesson for beginners, you will learn this along with Elvis Presley's hit single "Love Me Tender".

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4. Intro to reading sheet music

Learn the names of keys and the basics of musical notation in this piano lesson. Reading sheet music is the foundation to understanding the piano. There are only 7 keys that you need to know and in this piano lesson for beginners you will be introduced to them all at a smooth pace. Practice in several lessons keys from C to G and G to F for the right hand, as well as reading music properly with your right hand. Seven interactive exercises are geared for piano beginners to train your music reading skills.

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5. Playing with both hands

Get step-by-step introduction to practicing and playing with both hands, as well as hand independence. Simple introductory exercises get you acclimated with playing both with two hands. Coordination and hand independence is essential in taking the next steps as a beginner piano player, and after this piano lesson you will be able to play "Ode to Joy" with both hands with confidence.

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6. The C Major Chord

Playing several notes at a time is called a chord, and in this piano lesson for beginners, you will learn the C major chord which consists of the C, E, and G keys. Learn new chord versions of songs already practiced throughout the course, and gain more familiarity with the C major chord.

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7. Three popular chords

Take your skills to the next level, and learn three popular piano chords – the A minor chord, F major chord, and G major chord. Three interactive exercises are part of this lesson so that you learn and practice the chord fingering for each one, concluding in playing a famous pop song.

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8. Intro to chord accompaniment

Understand chord accompaniment with world famous "let it Be" by The Beatles. After completing three interactive exercises from this beginner lesson you will be able to handle many chord accompaniments going forward with ease.

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9. Playing melodies of popular songs

Learn essential playing techniques to master famous melodies with your right hand such as key jumping and rolling your wrist in order to reach the further away keys efficiently. After learning these essential techniques you are ready to learn Elton John's famous "Can You Feel The Love Tonight", as well as Coldplay's "Clocks" and many more.

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10. Special training: How to play faster

In the last piano lesson for beginners, you will learn how to play the piano faster through the practice of crossing of your fingers, to play progressions smoothly. By learning the technique of passing your thumb under your hand, you will be able to play faster with both hands without causing stress on your wrist. Finish the course by playing Phil Collins classic "Another Day in Paradise" and start showing off to friends and family.

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With these comprehensive piano lessons for beginners you will get everything you need to become a true piano player.

After completing the lessons you will be able to play famous songs from "Coldplay", "Elton John", "Beethoven" and others – completely with both hands. You will also learn the proper hand and arm position in order to play with the right technique. Finally, you will be able to read music on a basic level and play simple chord progressions.

Completing all beginner lessons will take only a few weeks of daily practice. The daily practice routine is very important to get the most out of the piano lessons. Instead of two hours every now and then it is vastly more effective to practice a short period of time per day. 30 minutes of focused learning each day is enough to become a good piano player in a reasonable amount of time.

What people are saying about our piano lessons for beginners

"My 9 year old daughter isn't even on grade one music exam but learnt Fur Elise and another song inside one week, amazing! Flowkey is just what she needs so thank you to all the team :)”

Maocat17 – App review

"I have been playing the guitar for a couple of years and I wanted to try the piano. I love that i can stop the lessons, learn the left and right hand separately, and the wait mode is just amazing. It is so easy to learn like this, I already learnt Für Elise, whithin a few days. flowkey is amazing, keep up the good work :)"

Peter Pokolab – App review

"I am 55 years old and never been able to read music or play an instrument. I bought a digital Yamaha Clavinova in March. However, as a complete novice, the real hurdle is ‘where do you put your hands?’ Your software really helps to overcome this hurdle. With your help I am able to play some of my favourite Classical tunes and thoroughly enjoy learning how to play my piano.”

David Gascoigne – App review