If you are keen to learn to play piano, but don’t have the time or money for lessons – don’t worry! There are plenty of helpful, fun and educational tutorials available for free that will help you make the first steps whether you are looking to learn classical piano and theory or just wish to play for leisure. All you need is a piano (or a keyboard) and determination to work on your skill in order to make the most of the online tutorials. And, of course, a computer with internet connection. I have put together a selection of YouTube piano lessons that were my personal favourites, however, there are many more out there – you just have to find the right one for you.


Getting Started

The Piano Online Blog‘s video is perfect for kids! It is presented in a fun and lovable manner with colourful pictures. In the first lesson you are introduced to the keyboard and are taught how to play a basic nursery rhyme melody, therefore, reaching out to small children.



If you are looking for a more serious lesson, take a look at The Online Piano and Violin Tutor‘s channel. Alison Sparrow has had years of experience in teaching piano and this video is designed especially for beginners. It explains all the basics in a way that is easy to understand and will give you the essential tools of learning how to play.





One of my most favourite videos was by Michael New. This tutorial explains how to construct and play basic chords with excellent theory backing that explains why the chords are built this way. Make sure to check out more of this guy’s videos a series of great lessons.



Learning How To Read Music


Lessons On The Web have a great video on understanding how to read sheet music – great way to expand your learning possibilities and also helpful for you to teach yourself a variety of pieces. This YouTuber has many other lessons to choose from, so make sure to take a look at his channel!





David Sides has gained success and recognition through posting countless amazing piano covers of popular songs on YouTube. If you haven’t yet, make sure to watch one of his videos! If you want to learn to play like him, I have good news – he has created a software that is easy to use, tailored to anyone’s ability that¬†lets you progress your piano skills through learning popular and recognisable songs. To get started you will need a computer and a keyboard or digital piano with USB connection. The software works via subscription from as little as $9.99 a month it gives you full access to the lessons.You can subscribe here:¬†https://playgroundsessions.com/register. Check the video ad below:



How To Practice Effectively


Another helpful video by Alison Sparrow. Once you have started to learn different piano pieces, it is important to get your practice technique right. There is a whole routine behind a successful practice to learn the piece thoroughly and avoid making mistakes later. This is very well explained in the tutorial below:



Working on your dexterity and technique


Scales and Arpeggios are extremely vital exercises to improve on your technique and gain more power and control on your playing, especially in classical music. Unfortunately, many students find them quite boring and tedious (myself included). This tutorial explains in great detail why you should push yourself to practice scales and arpeggios and offers you some great practice techniques to keep you motivated.



Training Your Hearing


Many great musicians have started off playing an instrument by ear, without even learning to read music or basic theory. While theory and learning the basics will give your playing more technicality and will provide you with main essentials, it is important to develop your pitch in order to gain more freedom and confidence to your playing. This next video explains how to find the key of a song by ear and will enhance your skills as a musician:





Further to training your pitch, improvising is also a great skill to learn that is, surprisingly, backed up by basic theory. Learning to improvise will allow you to join in freely with other musicians, write music and simply play with a more creative ease. The guy below has some excellent videos on best ways to improvise on a piano:



Just For Fun


I hope you have enjoyed the above videos! To conclude, if you are simply looking to impress someone with your piano playing skills but do not want to take up too much time with learning, check out Bo Burnham’s piano tutorial below:



About the author

Diana was Normans Piano & Strings specialist for a number of years. She is a singer songwriter, plays piano and speaks 3 languages. In her spare time, she enjoys travelling as well as blogging about anything.




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