Many people later in life regret not playing an instrument. And you probably already know about the benefits to both adults and children in learning to play music. The best news of all? It’s never too late to learn!
Even just learning a few notes on the piano can give you a great start. And as soon as you learn those, you’ll find out how awesome it can feel to use your hands to produce beautiful music! Kids can also gain a sense of confidence from learning piano notes and will likely remember how to use this skill for the rest of their lives.
Start Small, No Stress
There’s nothing quite like the feeling of making a beautiful noise come from such an elegant instrument as the piano. The piano is one of the few instruments that requires only a little bit of learning in order to produce music. So when you first start, remember that you don’t need to stress about mastering the whole instrument or learning to play a whole song right away. Simply learning piano notes, even if it’s only a few, will allow you to bring the instrument to life and probably make you want more, more, more!
Fun and Games – It’s Not Like Learning At All!
When learning is fun, it’s much easier to do! Games are a great way for both kids and adults to learn anything, including playing the piano. Here are a few options for online games that make learning piano notes easy:
1. The Piano Player
From the site FunBrain.com, this game can be played online and has four levels of difficulty. At the easiest level, you’ll be shown a note on the staff and you need to choose the correct key on the keyboard. At this level, the keys are labeled. Harder levels remove the labels and add notes beyond the basics. Though this game is geared for kids, it’s helpful for anyone and really simple to use.
2. Zebra Keys Piano Keyboard Trainer
Zebra Keys Piano Keyboard Trainer takes a different approach with its keyboard game. This program highlights a key on the keyboard, and you must choose the letter corresponding to the note. Switching between choosing the letter and choosing the key when using these different programs is a great way to really cement your knowledge.
If you don’t mind spending a little money ($29), Synthesia is a comprehensive program that starts with the basics of learning the notes on the piano. You’ll have to download this game to your computer or get the iOS app from the App Store.
4. Piano Tutor
Piano Tutor is a quick way to give yourself a test on note recognition. You’re scored as you select the notes on the keyboard, and there’s both a visual and an audio mode so you can practice hearing the notes, also. If you make the wrong selection, the game will show the correct answer, which is helpful for fast learning.
NoteCard is a smaller download that has some neat features. You can test yourself on learning to recognize keys on the piano or on learning piano notes on the staff. You’re scored for your answers, and several people can use the program and save their data to their own account. There’s also a testing feature that records your results and allows you to track your progress.
Learning piano notes can be quick and easy using any one (or several) of these tools. These online games are a great way to supplement your private lessons, and once you learn a few notes, we bet you’ll want to continue and keep learning more! Soon, you’ll be playing chords and feeling that sense of satisfaction that comes when you can play music on your own. Have fun!
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