Beginner’s Piano Lessons – What You Need to Know

If you are thinking about starting piano lessons for the first time, you may be wondering what to expect in your lessons. The first few piano lessons, regardless if they are in a traditional private lesson, a group piano class, or even a method of self-study, usually focus on a few simple concepts and exercises to get the absolutely new piano player started.

You will first learn about some of the essential parts of the piano: the keyboard or manual, the strings, the soundboard, and the pedals, and how these parts work together. The keyboard consists of eighty-eight keys that sound from left to right the instrument’s lowest note to its highest one. When a key is pressed, a hammer strikes one or more strings that are strung tightly across a brass harp inside the piano’s body. A soundboard amplifies the sound of the vibrating string producing the tone that we hear. When a key is released, felt dampeners stop the strings from sounding. The piano’s three foot-pedals affect the sound of the instrument in different ways. The most frequently used pedal is the right-most one called the sustain pedal. The sustain pedal inhibits the dampeners from stopping the vibrating strings until the pedal is released.

Now that you have some basic understanding of the piano’s workings, you will then probably spend some time learning how to sit at the piano, and how to place your hands on the keys. These two lessons are extremely important, especially for adult students. Piano players need to learn a sitting position and hand position that efficiently allows them access to all the keys, as well as not put any undue strain on their body.

The acoustic piano, unlike an electronic keyboard, actually takes quite a bit of strength and flexibility to play. Professional classical pianists share much in common with athletes: fine motor skills, highly trained muscles, and the ability for a great deal of concentration. Like athletes, if pianists over practice or use incorrect technique, they risk injury.

Once you learn how to sit and place your hands, you usually learn the fingering system, and the middle C hand position. Middle C refers to the note and piano key that is literally in the middle of the keyboard. The fingers of both hands are simply numbered from one through five starting with the thumb. You will also learn some rudimentary music theory in the first or second lesson, typically the musical alphabet and how it relates to the repeating pattern of black and white keys of the keyboard.

Students learn to play their first notes with an emphasis on producing a clear tone, while moving the fingers of the two hands in parallel and contrary motion. You also begin learning to read music at this point, with an introduction to the piano staff, simple rhythms, and how they relate to the middle C hand position.

Once you understand these basics, you will learn about other hand positions, and will probably begin to play simple songs or pieces. It is at this point different methodologies, learning curves, and repertoire will be introduced. Which direction your piano lessons will take will depend on your needs and desires, as well as those methods that the instructor favors.

If we are learning classical piano, your lessons will focus on learning pieces and studies from different style periods at a graduated level of difficulty. Lessons will be complimented with the study of technical exercises such as scales, and possibly even more music theory.

If you are studying popular musical styles, you will begin to learn some written out arrangements of familiar tunes, as well as how to build and play different chords, common chord progressions, and typical song forms. Jazz piano lessons will add in the dimension of improvisation techniques.

Cello Lessons For Beginners: What To Expect

Now that you have purchased your cello and found a good cello teacher, you would have made your first appointment with your cello teacher for your beginner cello lessons. This article will outline what you can expect from your first cello lesson.

If you engaged a cello teacher who is based in a music school in Singapore, you can expect that the music school or cello school have a rental cello which you can rent in case you do not know for sure if you have time in future for consistent cello lessons. A music school in Singapore would also have one or two cello on hand for students to play on during their cello lessons. This would save you the trouble of having to transport your cello to and from home for your cello lesson in Singapore.

For your beginner cello lesson, your cello teacher will teach you how to care for your music instrument and cello bow. This would include showing you how to rosin you cello bow so that it will play on your music instrument, and using a cleaning cloth to clean off the rosin dust from you cello after practice. Your teacher will also highlight to you on how to tighten and loosen the horse hair on your cello bow, and not to touch the horse hair on your bow with your hands.

Next, your cello teacher in Singapore will teach you the proper sitting technique when learning how to play the cello. You will need to know the proper posture and how to hold the bow and the music instrument, so that you can play the cello comfortably. First you will need to pull the tail pin from the bottom of the instrument out. The instrument will rest on this tail pin and lean against you. Some students find that the tail pin is quite slippery and the music instrument will slip off the floor when playing, so I recommend you get a cello stopper for this purpose.

Learning how to hold the cello bow takes some getting used to but after you master it, you will feel that it is a natural extension of your hands.

Before you play on your cello, your teacher will help you to tune the music instrument since you have no experience doing so. Seasoned music teachers tune without the need of a chromatic tuner, as their sense of hearing is superb. For beginner music students, you will need to learn to use a chromatic tuner to tune your music instrument.

Since this is a beginner cello lesson, you will need some guidance as to where to apply your fingers on the fingerboard to produce the correct tone in order to play a song on the cello. Your teacher will mark the correct places on your music instrument’s fingerboard with stickers initially. However you are expected to know how to play the cello after a couple of months, without the guide of the stickers.

Once you have learnt how to hold the cello bow, your cello teacher will guide you to bow on the music instrument. The correct place to bow is the space in between the fingerboard and the bridge. Your teacher will have you bow all four strings to get a feel of how your cello sounds. Make sure that your do not bow too near the fingerboard or else your music instrument will sound screechy.

The most popular book to learn the cello is the Suzuki series. You will learn how to read notes and your teacher will teach you to play a simple song in the first book for your beginner cello lesson.