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Learn To Play Piano Instantly: #1 Beginning Training (Pro Shortcuts)



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hi this is Tim from instant piano genius

comm and I've been a professional

keyboard player for 20 years I've been

on stage about 7,000 hours total playing

piano and I've been in rehearsal and

recording studios with top-notch

musicians who've also played with

Journey Rick Springfield Billy Idol

Melissa Etheridge Alice Cooper Richard

Marx Michael Jackson Boz Scaggs Barry

White Nancy Wilson Aretha Franklin

Michael McDonald Kenny Loggins Elvis

Costello Macy Gray and dozens of others

I'm a working musician not a piano

teacher I know exactly what you need to

know to become a professional keyboard

player or just how to sound like a pro

as quickly as possible professional

musicians don't talk about chords very

much they use a number system that your

piano teacher probably won't even show

you in the next few minutes I'm going to

quickly teach you more about how to

actually play the piano then you've

probably learned taking lessons for

months here's why I say if you can count

to eight you can become an instant piano

genius in fact if you're not using this

numbering system you're wasting your

time and effort I'm going to move

quickly so watch this multiple times if

you need to let's get started first hand

fingering when I talk about fingers I'm

going to count thumbs as being one then

the next finger out being two three four

and little fingers being five so just

keep that in mind when I'm talking about

fingering one two three four five one

two three four and five

next on the piano there's white notes

and black notes but they're all the same

just think of them as being equal and a

half step is going from any one note to

another note that's right next to it so

here to here is a half step from here to

here is also a half step from here to

here is also a half step so it doesn't

matter if it's white or black just

adjacent notes are a half step now a

whole step means that there's a note in

the middle so from here to here is a

whole step because this note is in the

middle from here to here is a whole step

of course because there's a note in the

middle here to hear just a half step and

from here to here is also a whole step

because this note is in the middle so

just ignore the fact about some being

white and some being black a whole step

means there's a note in the middle a

half step means there is no note between

the two

notes now recognizing the notes on the

piano you probably already know that it

goes from A to G but just in case you

don't in order to find where the a is

you look for any cluster of three black

notes and draw a line from the center

black note out and the a is right to the

right of that line so this is a now it

just counts up sequentially in white

notes a-b-c-d-e-f-g and once you get to

G then it comes around back to a and you

can tell this is an a because there are

the three black notes again let me draw

the line out that's the a so as you can

see right there this is an a this is an

a this is a B this is a C and this is

called this is C it's also called the

the Center C and C is found by either

counting up from the a or taking the two

black notes and then going to the left

of the left one and that's a C and the

reason that people use middle C is that

a major scale in C uses all white notes

so it's a good place to start so more

importantly than the notes I just showed

you and now let's get into the numbering

system now instead of going ABCD efg if

we're playing an A I'm going to think of

it as one two three four five six seven

and once we've gone from A to G and this

is seven we come back to a so this would

be eight so this a is a 1 and this is an

8 and that's why I say if you can count

to 8 you can be an instant piano genius

now you can also think of this 8 as a 1

if you're going to continue on up 1 2 3

4 5 6 7 8 ok so now let's take middle C

this is the C and if we were going to

play AC major scale it's in all white

notes so now because we're talking about

C we're going to make this C 1 so this

is 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 and now I'm going to

show you how you can play any major

scale easily ok a major scale is all

whole notes meaning you're going from

here to here that's a whole step because

there's a note in between here to here

is a whole step so the only time in a

major scale where there are half notes

is between the 3 and the 4

and the seven and the eight okay besides

the three and the four and the seven and

the eight every other note is a whole

step so once you know three four and

seven eight are the only half steps to

play see you go one two three and then

from three four is a half step and then

you go a whole step whole step whole

step and then from seven to eight is a

half step now you can apply that to

anything so let's play a major scale in

D there's going to be black notes in it

but we know that the only half steps are

between three four and seven eight right

so we're going to go whole step whole

steps we're going to go one two three

and then from three to four we're going

to do a half step so we know it goes to

here then we're going to go whole step

whole step whole step and then we know

that from seven to eight is a half step

so we're going to go from here to here

so as long as you remember three four

and seven eight are the only half steps

in a major scale you have just learned

how to play any major scale now minor

scales a minor scale is all whole notes

except between two and three and five

and six between two and three and five

and six so the a minor scale happens to

be all white notes so let's take a look

at that so we're going to play a minor

scale it sounds sadder than a major

scale okay so we're going to make this

one because we use the one for wherever

we're starting with so two and three and

five and six are the only half steps so

we're going to go 1 2 and then from 2 to

3 is a half step and then we're going to

go for 5 and then from 5 6 is a half

step and then it's all whole steps 7 8

now that we know that we can play any

minor scale so let's let's do it in E ok

so this is an E so we know is whole

steps except between 2 3 & 5 6 so this

is e minor 1 2 and then from 2 to 3 is a

half step

then for five now we know between five

and six is a half step six and then

seven hey now that's how you play any

minor scale now here's some excellent

news you don't really have to play those

skills very much I'm not going to push

you to be able to play those skills but

now that I've shown you that you can do

it so you know how to find that

information so let's move on do you know

the difference between a major and a

minor chord is a major chord sounds

happy and a minor chord sounds sad can

you tell the difference okay so here's

how to play any major chord we're going

to use C because C is all white notes it

was easier to see but a major chord uses

the 1 the 3 and the 5 so you're going to

use your 1 3 and 5 fingers and also

you're going to use the 1 3 and 5 notes

in a major scale so we can find out the

note notes in this major scale and see

our 1 2 3 4 5 so we're just going to use

1 3 & 5 alright so here's how you can

figure out how to play any major scale

just look at how many notes are in

between each of these chords between the

1 and the 3 there are 3 notes 1 2 3 and

between the 3 and the 5 are two notes

one and two alright so now that we know

that we can play any major scale it's

just the 1 3 and the 5 and you're going

to be leaving three notes between the 1

and the 3 2 notes between the 3 and the

5 now once we can play C playing F and G

are exactly the same they're all white

notes so if I leave my hand like a claw

and slide up

I can play F 1 3 5 3 in between 2 in

between and I can play G I know it's G

because that's what the note that my

thumb is on that's a G it's a G major

now we can play any major chord so let's

try to play ad major ok we know our

thumb is going to go on D and then if we

don't know what notes to find we're just

going to count up 3 1 2 3 put our third

finger there then we're going to count

up to 1 2 and put our fifth finger there

ok so that is AD major now that we know

the D if we make our fingers hand like a

claw we can also play an E and an a

because they're exactly the same slide

up and move

that's an E chord we know it is because

that's where my thumb is and slide up

again that's an a chord I know that

because that's where my thumb is all

right you can do that with any major

chord just leave three notes in between

your first and third two notes in

between your third and fifth easy as

that now how to play any minor chord the

only difference between a major and a

minor chord is that the third finger

plays one half step lower okay so to

change a C major chord into a C minor

chord you just take your third finger

and you move it down a half step so when

you look at the spaces in between from a

minor chord you've got two keys in

between your first and third finger and

three keys in between your third and

fifth finger now that you know that you

can play it any minor chord if you can

play C minor by freezing your hand in a

claw you can slide up and play F minor

you can also play G minor now an a minor

has no black notes in it we know this is

an a minor because our thumb is on the a

there's two spaces in between the first

and third finger and there's three

spaces in between third and fifth finger

now that I can play a minor

I can play D minor I know that's a d

because my thumb's there and E minor I

know that's an E minor because my thumb

is there and that's how you can play it

any minor key just put your thumb on the

first note that you're trying to play

and then pick out the spaces is as

simple as that

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