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hello beginner piano players so one of the most challenging things as a new piano player is knowing what to practice and how to practice it and also how to have a practice that’s inspiring and not kind of you know boring just playing skills the whole time so i’m here for you and i’m gonna be guiding you through a step-by-step complete practice routine for beginners so we’re going to focus on all the things you’re going to get a finger workout you’re going to work on hand coordination you’re going to work on comfort moving across the keyboard and you’re also going to make some pretty beautiful sounds so let’s dive in one of the most important things as a beginner piano player is to relax when you’re at the keyboard when you’re sitting here and you’re trying to play something new and you’re just kind of your fingers are still waking up and getting their coordination it can be very difficult to not tense up so my favorite thing to start any practice routine with is simply a five note scale so i’m going to start with my right hand thumb on c and my left hand baby finger on c i’m just going to play each and every note that’s underneath my fingers one at a time and if this is feeling too challenging just work on one hand at a time as opposed to both together it’s totally fine so the main focus as you play along with me here is to keep your body relaxed check in with your shoulders make sure they’re not creeping up [Music] breathing are you placing weight evenly in each finger are your wrists up you don’t wanna be playing down here and are you smiling make sure you have a smile on your face okay so now we’re gonna move hand positions we’re gonna do the same thing but we’re gonna drop our fingers down so we’re on g so this is g position and you might be thinking why are we moving around well we’re gaining confidence moving around the keyboard and pretty soon you’re gonna see how the movements we’re making here are gonna set us up for success to play something really beautiful so let’s do one more pass right here on g here it is and we’re going to be moving our hands up one step next into a position one two three four and a so again even if you’re like oh this is easy i can do this i want to play faster um just try to stick with me here try to make sure that you’re paying attention to how every single note feels each little movement between your fingers keeping relaxed watch my left hand pinky finger it likes to hop up so after all these years of playing i still have things to work hanzi got to try to relax it so our final movement after this pass is going to take us down to f all right two three four move to f [Music] i’ll do just a couple of these and i’m gonna get brave here i’m gonna increase the speed on us just a little bit [Music] [Applause] two more [Applause] [Music] and then we’ll just land in z-position so there you go there’s a little warm-up just to kind of wake up your fingers get used to moving around the piano and trust me it may have looked simple but just the simple art of getting both of your hands to work together at the same time is super challenging for a beginner so let’s move into our next exercise and this one sounds so beautiful so what i want you to do is take your right hand place your thumb on c two finger on e three finger on g and five finger on c and so what we’re gonna be doing is i’m gonna press the pedal down you’re welcome to do the same thing if you’d like [Music] so this is an arpeggio so watch how i’m kind of rotating through my wrist and i’m relaxing and i’m going to take my left hand out i’m going to play the notes c and g at the exact same time when i land on c here it sounds really lovely so let’s do that again each time you play that middle c you’re going to play this fifth in the left hand now we’re going to practice moving our left hand down we’re going to play that same shape but on g [Music] so it sounds kind of like i wonder what’s like tense or thoughtful now we’re going to move our left hand up to an a shape so you do have time to join me if it takes you a moment to get into position that’s totally fine once more and we’ll move it to f there’s the f position one more time music teachers always say one more time but it’s never one more time for real one more time and back to c and we can end it there so there’s a little arpeggio pattern that’s going to help you with your wrist movements it’s going to help you get comfortable with probably one of the most i’d say popular piano technique items everybody wants to learn to play beautiful arpeggios and you just did it so now let’s take the effort we’re going to transfer it over to our left hand because let’s be honest beginner piano players i think all piano players are often struggle with a left hand that just doesn’t want to keep up with the right so let’s practice an arpeggio in our left hand so when i go c e g c g e c just settle in with me here we’re gonna get ready to play a c and a g in our right hand here we go and again this is working on your coordination together now our left hand is going to do the moving we’re going to go to g so we’ll be playing g b d and g again it sounds kind of like tense here but that’s okay it’s gonna move when we move our shapes up to the a so a c e a c e five three two one two three one more and then we’re gonna move our left hand down to f f a c f that right hand sounds kind of like chimes or bells one more time so now you’ve just worked out both hands you’re working on strength and conditioning and moving around the keyboard and coordinating your hands and hand independence and it sounded so pretty now the final thing i want to look at at this little beginner’s practice routine is a song now you may be thinking what a song and there’s no sheet music on the screen how am i going to do this i’m going to show you exactly what to do i’m going to teach you the song on the fly so we’re going to be challenging your ears here we’re going to be challenging your sense of creativity and we’re going to learn something really really simple and really pretty so i want you to place your right hand thumb on c i’m going to play c d e e c d e e and we’re just going to repeat that i want you to play in your left hand that fifth shape again based on c [Music] and then i want you to move your thumb down and play c and hold it while you play this g two three one two three left hand moves up and we’re gonna play that one two three pattern again [Music] and then we’re gonna play f with an f f two three let’s do it again [Music] c it was short it was sweet it was simple but it was really melodic and it was really lovely and i hope that inspired your ears a little bit so what we’ve done in this short short practice is we’ve established a framework that you can begin to explore and create from as well as some technique skills that you can use to just encourage yourself to push forward in your skill set as a piano player covering all those things i listed like hand independence and keyboard confidence and finger finger dexterity and strength all right i hope you enjoyed that short and sweet practice routine and that’s just the point practicing as a beginner you don’t have to spend hours at the piano you know 10 15 minutes it’s plenty of time to get your hands comfortable and actually make progress and move forward so if this was fun for you this was just a teeny tiny little taste of what we have in the piano method so if you want more information on that you can find that below if you enjoyed this video love it if you’d hit the subscribe button so that you never miss a lesson and most of all have fun practicing [Music] …

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