Getting Started with the Piano

The piano is one of the most popular instruments in the world, and it’s no wonder why: it’s a great way to learn the rudiments of music - and fun to boot. So, what do you need to get started learning the piano? In this article we’ll cover three sections: where to find your piano, how to read the keys, and how to play your first simple chords.

Where To Get Your Piano

The best answer is always to ask friends and family if they have a piano you can try out or - even better - borrow. A Facebook or Twitter update might net you a free piano or keyboard. If that doesn’t work, your local shop may be the best answer. It’s a good idea to take a few trips into your nearest music store to see if they have any pianos you can try out, and talking to store employees is a great way to learn about potential deals, the strengths and weaknesses of specific brands, and make friends with similar interests.

Because a piano is such a large - and heavy - instrument, shipping is not going to be cheap. That means the benefit of shopping for a piano online, which will usually provide you with the best price, may not be as powerful as with a smaller instrument. It’s a good idea to look into both before making your purchase, however.

 

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