You have to be relaxed and flexible seating at the piano to be able to play well. In other words, correct posture is a requisite to how to play piano good. Here are some dos and don’ts.
Always sit upright on the piano seat with a vertical back. There should be no slouching because it will restrict your ability to move freely on the keyboard hence affecting your piano playing.
Maintain a good distance from the piano, not far back or too close. You can achieve this by keeping your elbows at a 90 degree angle. The importance of this is that it will give you good mobility and full reach to all the keys which will make playing the piano not only easy but also fun.
Perhaps I should mention that more that often you may get absorbed into the music and sorbed into emotions ending up hunkering down to the piano to really jam out. Now, do not resist yourself of this pleasure because it’s what we call artistic movement. It’s perfectly natural and acceptable.
Proper Hand Posture
Your wrists must be aligned with the piano, not too low or too high. It needs to be leveled with the piano so that you can hit the keys properly and with much ease. This position also affords you great control over the keys so that you may not end up bumping the wrong keys without knowing or even the black keys.
A point to note, when striking the keys ensure that your fingers go straight down without flickering.
Another thing to keep in mind is the numbering of the fingers. You might be told to play a certain key using your second or fourth finger, therefore, it’s important you get the number each finger represents.
To give you a head start on how to play piano, your thumb reps the first finger and following the same order your index, middle, ring and little fingers rep second, third, fourth and fifth fingers respectively.
So that you are able to learn all the nitty-gritties of piano playing, you should commence your practice slowly, exercising your fingers and allowing them to develop the necessary muscle memory as you also build your speed. This is the surest approach to mastering the piano to a point that you can play the scales very fast without even thinking of the notes.
You can either choose to begin the exercises with the C Major or go full scale like the F Major scale. Say the C Major is your choice, whatever hand you start with, work your way starting from C to G and back again, using all your five fingers to play the five notes of the scale.
Remember to keep it steady and slow at first maintaining the same volume for all the notes while making sure the fingers are going straight down.
If you are starting off with the F Major scale (which is a full scale), then employ the same pace again using your five fingers to play one octave at first. Move slow and steady up and down the octave until you are in a position to play the notes evenly. Once you achieve this, you can turn up the pace a bit.
I would recommend a metronome for beginners during these practice sessions. One point to grasp firmly is to always begin at a slow tempo as you build your way up to faster pace. If you are able to pull this off, then you are sure to develop proper musical timing.
How to Count Whole Notes
A whole note refers to a whole measure in which there are four beats per measure in a 4/4 time. The only way to learn to play the whole notes is through regular practice using the metronome.
When you start the metronome, strike a key on the first click and hold it for four more clicks. This is one measure and the fifth click is the beginning of a new measure in which case you are to hit the note to play it again.
Basically, the sequence should follow note click click click, note click click click, note click click click and so on. Keep in mind though that the first lick you start on sums up as one click. You should repeat this a couple of times until you master the whole notes properly and learn how to play piano.