Musicians are everywhere. More than 175,000 Americans work as professional musicians or singers. 

When you hear a professional musician perform, it may seem like magic. But music is magic with a method.

Every single professional musician started as a beginner. You can become successful, as long as you know the basics of piano for beginners. 

How can you read a piece of music? What should you do to prepare for lessons? What are some easy songs to learn? 

Answer these questions and you can start down your path to becoming a professional musician. Here is your quick guide. 

Piano Notes for Beginners 

Your first step to master piano notes is to recognize all of the notes themselves. Most composers write on the grand staff, which has two components. The top part applies to the right hand, while the bottom part is for the left. 

Each part has five lines with spaces in between them. The higher the lines, the higher the pitch is. 

Time signatures indicate beats and measures. The top number records the number of beats per measure. The bottom number indicates what note value takes up one beat. 

Each note you see on the grand staff indicates two things. It tells you what key on the piano you should press and how long you should hold it down. Study the note chart and memorize it. 

Piano Lessons for Beginners

Once you know how to read a grand staff, you can start piano lessons. Piano teachers advertise everywhere. 

Go on Internet boards for your local area. Visit the bulletin boards of community centers and read the fliers for teachers there. 

Don’t go to the first piano teacher you see. Do some research on each one you find, examining their experience with beginners. Some teachers offer intermediate lessons, which you shouldn’t take just yet. 

Keep in mind that you’re not stuck with one teacher. If you don’t like the one you go to, you should find someone else. 

Easy Piano Songs for Beginners

There are many great songs for beginners. “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “Happy Birthday” are two classics. 

If you want to learn a pop song, you can learn John Lennon’s “Imagine.” Classical music lovers can learn Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake Theme” and Beethoven’s Bagatelle No. 25 in A Minor. 

As with a lot of things in life, practice on the piano makes perfect. Even though these songs are great for beginners, you need to rehearse to play them properly. Take time playing them every day. 

The Basics of Piano for Beginners 

Piano for beginners requires knowing some essentials. Learn how to read a sheet of music. The top bars are for your right hand, and the bottom ones are for your left. 

The higher the note is, the higher the pitch is. If the note is filled in, you play it for a shorter period of time. 

Get piano lessons from an expert in your area. Study a few different songs. “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “Imagine” are two great ones. 

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