Pianos have a rich history that dates back to the 1600s and has grounded much of modern music, theater, and songwriting. Bartolomeo Cristofori, a harpsichord repairman from Italy, based his invention on his expertise with the harpsichord. He created an instrument that would expand the range of the harpsichord and be able to create both soft and loud sounds. It functioned by working with inner hammers that hit the strings, producing a sound that would soon impress the people of Europe. In time, the piano would make its mark in music history, becoming an instrument well worth mastering.
Read an in-depth history of both the man who invented the piano as well as the creation itself. This piece also briefly describes the importance of the piano in the history of music.
This article goes into great detail about how the piano functions.
There are quite a few types of pianos to learn about before beginning to play the piano. This article has a good breakdown of each type of piano and what they are useful for.
Read more about the benefits of learning to play the piano, which can be both physical and mental.
Follow along with free video lessons online, starting with this one, to get a handle on the basics of playing the piano.
Learn about how to use piano practice as a form of mindful meditation to create peace of mind.
This site has a great resource on playing the piano for beginners looking to start off with the basics. It teaches how to build a chord and which notes belong to which key.
A beginner’s guide to playing the piano from a lifelong piano player and teacher can help people learn to make music.
For some, learning to play the scales can be hard. This article gives the basics on major and minor scales as a way of prepping before beginning to learn each one.
Here are ten expert tips on how to play the piano scales and practice them perfectly.
This article breaks down everything you need to know about each scale for a better understanding of why they should be practiced.
Learn more about piano chords and how to play them properly.
Because most songs are based around similar chord progressions, learning which chords to play can help in learning many songs. Read about how to expand a repertoire and play many popular songs by learning one single chord progression.
Given that piano chords come in many different keys, this site gives a guide for each chord per key. Click on each key and learn every kind of chord within that category.
Not only is it important to know how to play piano chords, but having the proper technique breeds success. This article gives tips on how to have proper chord-playing technique.
Try this unconventional approach to get into playing faster without getting too bogged down in monotony.
These sight-reading tips can help anyone learn this tricky skill more efficiently.
This article has an emphasis on “15 minutes a day” exercises for people wanting to better their sight-reading skills at a faster pace.
Read an intensive guide on sight-reading properly and master this skill for more successful piano playing.
This article gives information on how to compose music on the piano and touches on what inspires people to compose music on the piano.
Included in this link is a collection of YouTube videos with instructions on playing fifteen of the most popular pop songs throughout the generations.
This article includes five simple songs that are basic and easy for beginners learning to play beyond scales and chords.
While practice does make perfection, the repetition can be somewhat boring. With these 12 tips, you can make piano practice more enjoyable and prevent losing interest altogether.
Learn about why practicing piano is important and find out about the benefits of the “100 Days of Piano Challenge” here.
While the information here is for all musicians, it’s perfect for piano players because these are tips to help master the instrument and practice routine. These tips are based on scientific proof that can work to help the mind create good habits.
Here are a few more tips and tricks on making the perfect piano practice routine to keep developing a strong skill set.
In a video for the BBC, concert pianist James Rhodes demonstrates how to learn a piano piece and improve your skills.
Learning how to play the piano can seem like a daunting task, but the amount of time it will take depends on your goals and your ambition.
The experts at Yamaha have put together this guide to help people form a good routine for practicing playing the piano.