How long does it take to learn to play the piano?

The piano is a classical instrument that never goes out of style. This instrument isn’t used only for playing classical music and mellow songs; the piano also played an important role in making the history of rock’n’roll. We all know of great pianists like Mozart, Elton John, Stevie Wonder or Jerry Lee Lewis, but how much time did it take them to reach perfect performance? Probably a whole life. But don’t be discouraged because every journey begins with one step and the first step is to learn to play the piano, which doesn’t have to take too much time if you start off properly.

Black and white keys

If you have never played the piano, it may look intimidating and overwhelming. All those black and white keys may confuse you. You may wonder how they differ. Well, the black keys are there to give you a visual cue and help you find your place on the keyboard. The keys could have been of the same color, but it would be much more difficult to find a specific note.

Names of the keys

When learning to play the piano, the first thing you need to know are the names of the keys. There are a lot of keys, but don’t worry because there are sections of 12 keys that repeat over the keyboard. The sections begin with the first white key followed by 2 black keys and end with the first white key after 3 black keys. The first white key is called C, and the other white keys in a section are D, E, F, G, A and B. The 5 black keys are named after the white keys they are next to by adding the suffixes flat or sharp. If the black key is to the left of a white key, you add the suffix flat, and if it’s to the right of the white key, you add the suffix sharp.

Chords

Chords are multiple notes played at the same time. They are the foundation of the songs we wish to play. There are minor and major chords. Major chords are played by pressing three keys simultaneously – you press the root key, which the chord is based on, the second key is the third note of the scale, and the third key is the fifth note of the scale. Minor chords are identical, and the only difference is that the second key is a flat 3rd of the scale.   

These are basics that you need to know when you start to play the piano. With some practice, you will be playing like a pro in no time.