For some people, finding the best way to learn piano seems like a pipe dream…
While taking one-on-one lessons from a piano teacher is still the best way to learn the piano, the cost and lack of teachers in your area mightBut don’t worry! There are a whole lot of resources (websites and videos) on the internet that are available to learners that can help supplement lessons, improve your listening skills, help to learn and understand music theory…and give you some inspiration!
Teach Yourself Piano with These Online Resources
There are a wide range of online resources for learning keyboard instruments suitable for different ages and levels. While some of them require payment, there are many out there which are free or very cheap. There are some websites which require payment by `joining`, but we’re going to concentrate of the ones which give you the information for free.So, what resources are there out there?
There are a number of good tutorial websites. While they won`t be able to help you individually with your technique, they can help with the `theory` of learning the piano – backing up what your teacher has told you, as well as helping to hone your skills.
Here are some of the best free tutorial websites:
PianoLessons is a free library of online piano lessons provided by the instructors at Pianote. The site has a wide variety of lessons and a library of YouTube videos which can help with your piano learning. Pianote is a paid online piano tutoring course, but at Pianolessons, you can access some of their tutorial videos for free.
PianoNanny is a really comprehensive tutorial website for learning a basic-to-good level of piano and keyboard playing. It covers everything from labelling the keys on the keyboard, to improvisation and jazz scales.
Musictheory is another very comprehensive resource which can be of great help for those who are wanting to learn the piano or keyboard, but particularly focussing on theory.
This is one of the best free piano tutorial websites available. It was designed by professionals and gives a thorough overview of the basics of playing the piano – as well as some vital music theory.
There are many online videos on streaming platforms like YouTube which can help you out with specific techniques such as finger speed and chord playing. However, there are fewer actual courses available for free.
Piano Lessons on the Web is an online course (paid) which is backed up by a series of tutorials on YouTube – for free. The teacher is Tim Wurm – an experienced piano teacher – and his lessons cover a range of subjects – such as reading music, playing rhythms, music theory and beginners lessons. Subjects are categorised into groups to make them easier to find.
The Andrew Furmanczyk Acadamy of Music is a YouTube channel which has a set of online video lessons in learning to play the piano, and another free course in music theory. The music theory course takes you through 50 lessons – from the very beginning to giving you a thorough knowledge. The 40 piano tutorials that are available will take you from a complete beginner to intermediate/early advanced level.
Piano Video Lessons offers courses of piano lessons on YouTube which can be used by people who are wanting to learn on their own, or to supplement other lessons which are being taken. Courses include lessons from pre-beginner, beginner, piano chording lessons (for those who are more interested in playing pop music and keyboard), a note reading course, and a course teaching how to play pop music without reading music.
Duane Shinn`s musical tutorials won`t teach you how to play in a classical style which will prepare you to be able to play anything you like on the piano. If, however, you want to play for your own pleasure, music that sounds good, he has a lot of useful videos for you.
Amosdoll Music offers a set of YouTube lessons which can help you to learn to play the piano or keyboard by ear, and without the need for sheet music. They give you piano tutorials for specific songs and base the teaching on playing the piano by ear, improvisation and understanding common musical tools – like typical forms of songs.
Concert pianist, Robert Estrin creates tutorial videos for Living Pianos – a piano store. Although his videos aren`t a comprehensive course, he offers a number of useful videos about aspects of playing the piano and technique that people commonly struggle with – for example, playing trills, how to practise productively, and how to play one hand louder than the other.
In addition to tutorials and courses, the internet provides piano and keyboard students of all levels with other resources. So here`s a look at what other things are on offer for free…
Plern Piano is a great resource for those who want to learn about the relationship between notes on the keyboard, as well as how they correspond to written notation. It gives you the tools to compose (and notate) a piano piece that you have written yourself, as well as import MIDI files to help you learn to play a song. You can not only see the notation, but the program also shows you where the notes sit on a keyboard.
Piano Scales is a website which will show you a wide range of musical scales, help with learning them and also how to use them. They range from a `simple` C major scale, through to jazz scales and modes. You get a visual image of a keyboard showing which keys would be used as well as written fingerings.