How to Play Piano for Beginners

how to play piano for beginners

In this article, I will share with you how to get started to play the piano if you are a complete beginner and are looking for some help and guidance in your piano learning. It might be your passion, maybe you want to learn a new skill or you might be inspired by someone after seeing him playing the piano. You will be thinking about where to start, what should I do first, is it easy to learn this or how hard it will be for me. Well by the end of this article, you will get answers to these questions which you have in your mind regarding piano learning. By this, you will also get a direction that how can you start learning to play the piano. Taking action is the biggest thing and I’m sure you will take action.

So let’s get started.

Decide Whether You Want a Keyboard or a Piano

I am assuming that you know the difference between these two instruments. No? ok, no problem. I will briefly talk about these two and tell you the major differences here because I have also written a detailed comparison article on the two instruments.

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Piano and Keyboard Differences

A piano has a greater number of keys than a keyboard and that is why the keyboard is smaller than the piano. A keyboard is portable and you can take it with you anywhere you want, on the other hand, a piano is much heavier and bigger in size that is why you can not move it easily. The keyboard is also much cheaper than a piano. If you are a beginner, I suggest you should start with the keyboard first and then switch to piano, once you become intermediate and you like start taking interest in the hobby.

Learn the Keys and Their Arrangementpiano keys and their arrangement

The next step is to get familiar with the keys of the piano or the keyboard. It is very important that you should know where each key is as it will help you in learning piano chords and scales which is the next step. It might take you a few days to get completely familiar with the arrangement of the keyboard or piano keys but that’s normal. If you fail to have a complete grip on all the keys and their arrangement, this will make it difficult for you to learn piano chords. So, go step by step and master one thing at a time then move to the next thing. You should also get familiarized with the sounds of the keys.

Start Playing Easy Tunes

Once you familiarize yourself with the piano keys and chords, you should now start playing some basic and easy tunes which you love or you might have listened to them on TV. With this, you will learn to play piano in small tunes patterns. Don’t start with large tunes which involve difficult combinations. By practicing the tunes again and again you will have a solid grip on it and you’ll be able to play them on your own.

This will also help you to develop your finger muscles and make them stronger. Piano keys are hard to press and they require more than just a slight push of fingers. Due to this, initially, as your muscles are stiff and not developed, your fingers don’t move smoothly in a proper flow which is very vital if you want to become a good pianist.

Collective Learning is Always Better Than Individual Learning

As a beginner, you might be a student or even if you are an adult, group learning helps you a lot. You can learn together with your friends who also want to learn but didn’t get the opportunity to learn piano or they might even don’t have one but they do show interest in it. Learning in a group will be fast as each one of you will be helping and supporting each other and also be highlighting the mistakes of one and another while playing the piano. You will have a great company and it will also become a motivating factor for you to do good as each of you will try to prove that you can play the piano better.

If you don’t find a company like this then you might consider a beginner’s piano course like Pianoforall or Flowkey that will start from the very basics and gradually takes you to the next level to make you more mature. You can also follow programs like these as there are some very good courses available these days.


As a beginner, you want a clear direction that how you can start playing piano and what are the things you need to do to learn this instrument. So, the things mentioned above will help you start learning by taking the first step and with time you will only get better and better till you finally become an expert pianist one day.

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