Welcome to our learning studio where we share tips and tricks for piano playing! In this first article, we're going down into the practical stuff that'll help you get your game up. We know that many of you out there are picking up musical instruments by yourselves without a teacher. Hopefully, you'll able to benefit from the experiences that we're sharing!
If you have read this post, You'd probably understand by now that the more songs you learn, the better you are able to play song covers by ear. There is no shortcut to it.
Before we even venture into real songs, there is one basic skill that everyone needs to know. You can't run without learning how to walk first right?
You don't have to know every one of them by heart, but you need to know the easiest.
Start of with C major.
C D E F G A B C
Learn to hum the notes in your mind, or if you prefer, you may sing them out loud. You might find it hard to articulate these alphabets, try this instead:
Do Re Me Fa So La Ti Do
Now try humming or singing backwards
Do Ti La So Fa Me Re Do
Repeat the scales by singing it repeatedly.
I find this video extremely helpful for practising: Practice video ( The first 2 minutes are exactly what you should be doing, try to hum or sing along )
In the further part of the video, You'll see the notes jumping all around. I do not recommend doing it before you master your basic scales above.
Once you get comfortable with the basic scale, proceed to the next 2 minutes of the video with the jumping notes to further familiarize yourself. you'll be doing the following:
Do Re Do Me Do Fa Do So Do La Do Ti Do Do
(Some of you might be thinking why do the two "do" sound different. It is actually pretty simple. They are an octave apart [ For those who don't get it, I will explain it in another article soon ]
Go ahead and finish up the video
By the end of this article, you want to be able to sing your notes at ease. In the next article, we will talk further upping your level on this exercise and how to translate the songs you hear into "Do Re Mes". In the mean time, please continue to repeat the video and practice until you are comfortable with it.
What you want to take away from this lesson:
Learn more about chords and how playing many different songs will be able to ultimately help you with playing your piano covers by ear, in your own interpretation!
The biggest physical differentiator between Grand pianos or baby grands is their length. They range from 5" all the way to 8.5". There are also several concert grand models that are even longer in length.
Traditionally, Piano makers have found that longer strings tend to increase instrument power, reverberation and produces the desired tonal characteristics, which gave rise to the popularity of grand pianos.
Before measuring your piano, please make sure to close the lids and keep the music rest down for a more accurate measurement.
Top down view of a grand piano
Place measuring tape over red line [Measuring line guide]
Length: From the front of keyboard to the center of the tail at the back [ Longest points with the lids closed]
Width: From right to left over the music shelf where the music rest is located [ Longest points with the lids closed ]
Height: From the floor to the tallest point of the piano [Music rest folded down or kept under lid]
*Please note that the lids usually give slight extensions to the piano, it isimportant to account for the full length and width of the grand piano.
Upright pianos, also known as vertical pianos, features a compact frame and vertical strings. They are popular models purchased for home use due to their size and affordable pricing.
The sizes of these pianos also vary among different manufacturers even though their shape stays relatively similar. Most standard sized upright pianos are around 150-154cm [ 4 feet and 11.055 inches ] in width while junior sized uprights are approximately 148-149cm [ 4 feet and 10.26772 inches ]
Our upright piano covers are designed such that it is able to fit almost all the different models from individual manufacturers. This is due to the overhang design, which also allows easy access to the keyboards. The overhang design has a natural and minimalist approach which provides greater ease and efficiency for the piano user.
Top down view of the upright piano
Place measuring tape over red line [Measuring line guide]
Width: Measure from left to right over the top of the piano [ Longest points with the lids closed ]
Depth: Measure from front of keyboard to back of piano [ Longest points with lids closed ]
Height: From the floor to the tallest point of the piano, usually on the piano lid [ Tallest point with lids closed ]
*Please note that Piano width is often mistaken with the term "piano length" for upright or vertical pianos. Certain electric or digital pianos, such as the Yamaha Clavinova Series, are shaped to look similar to an upright piano. In these cases, they are measured the same way as an Upright piano.
The Digital pianos are the smallest in size as they do not require strings to be installed. Portable and full of features, these pianos are highly popular with beginners and experts alike.
The main difference between a digital piano and a keyboard is their action and size of the keys. Digital pianos are made to resemble the feel of an acoustic piano and they usually come with 88 keys, which is the usual number of keys found on an upright or grand piano.
Top down view of a Digital Piano / Keyboard
Width: Measure from left to right over the entire span of the keyboard [ Include the body of keyboard, longest points]
Depth: Measure from front of keyboard to the back
Height: Measure from base of the body to the highest point [ Do not include the music rest ]
Please note that the height of the Digital piano or keyboard does not include the keyboard or piano support stand. Do not measure from the floor up unless specified to do so.