Learn Piano Online for Free With These Awesome Tools. Great for Beginners

– Hello students, Tim back here again, welcome back to the classroom, and today we have a great lesson on where to find some great free resources online when learning how to play piano music The resources I'm gonna give you will help you learn new topics, help you practice topics you already know so you can master them, as well as give you a great website to find free sheet music for all the great classics you're gonna learn how to play

And also, I'm gonna give you some advice on how to find some great free lessons here on YouTube (calm music) Okay, so the first free resource I wanna talk about today is MusicTheoryNet, which is a great free resource You can actually learn a lot about the basic music theory you need to know to learn how to play the piano, and they have some apps as well which is really really nice Now on the website itself, there are lessons here

So you can actually get lessons about all these things, like the staff, clefs, ledger lines, note durations, measures and time signatures, rest durations A ton of things you need to know when learning how to play the piano So this is perfect stuff if you're just starting out learning And then it has a little thing that walks you through the lesson Okay, so there's steps to it, and then you press the forward key and it walks you through the lesson, highlighting what part of the lesson it's talking about, and then illustrating it graphically, which is a really really nice feature to have, especially for free

And they have this on a bunch of topics as you can see, like I said, all these things you have to know to learn how to play the piano Especially the things up towards the top And then you have the exercises portion of the website, where you actually can practice the things that you learn in the lessons portion It's things that are very useful for beginner piano players, especially those of us learning to play music, learning to read music So there is a reading tool here for reading music, which is really really helpful

And all the little activities they have here on this website all have settings that go along with them that can really help you fine-tune what you need to work on So if I really needed to work on a specific section, say in treble clef, oh this isn't quite catching it up there, but on the side where you can't see, I'm actually adjusting the settings So basically it will only go through the notes that I really need practice on, and I can set it there So very useful note reading tool there, note identification, rather Then they have a key signatures tool, so if you are more into music theory, or you're further along in learning how to play the piano and you wanna learn your key signatures, another great one here

And again, all of these have a settings little button there, up on the top right, like I said, my setup you can't see it right now but it's there And then you can go through and basically give an answer to each of these So if it has four sharps, that's E, of course you need to learn about this first, before you're able to do it But it's very good practice Truly random, so you don't have to flip through cards or anything, it's right here online

And it does keep track of how many you got right, which is a very nice feature to have Okay also, some of the things you might be interested in is interval identification Now I have a really great lesson on identifying intervals and actually how you can use intervals to read sheet music a lot faster I'll put an annotation somewhere, or you can find it in the description somewhere for sure once I post the video So if you practice this, this actually can make you a lot better at reading music

And now you'll have to check out that lesson to find out why But just letting you know, when you watch that lesson, you can come back here to practice that Then they have keyword note identification, very useful for those of us who are just starting out Again, there's a settings tab, you can set it to, if you only know the white keys, you can set it to that, if you only wanna practice the black keys you can do that as well There's also a tools tab with some things you probably wouldn't really need unless you are a bit more advanced

But hey, it's here, and it's totally free, so just check that out when you come to the site MusicTheoryNet Again, there is an app called Tenuto for iOS which you can learn about right on the website This website has really helped me, not me learn, but helped me teach other students and help them learn from across the internet If I'm giving somebody Skype lessons, or on my academy, at pianolessonsontheweb

com where I have a ton of courses I use often, a lot of the activities have you go to this website and basically do some of the exercises here, because they are very useful and they are totally free And you can't beat that So MusicTheoryNet comes highly recommended

And then you have the exercises portion of the website where you actually can practice the things that you learn in the lessons portion It's things that are very useful for beginner piano players, especially those of us learning to play music, learning to read music So there is a reading tool here for reading music, which is really really helpful And all the little activities they have here on this website all have settings that go along with them that can really help you fine-tune what you need to work on So if I really needed to work on a specific section, say in treble clef

oh this isn't quite catching it up there but on the side, where you can't see, I'm actually adjusting the settings So basically it will only go through the notes that I really need practice on, and I can set it there So very useful note reading tool there, note identification, rather

Then they have a key signatures tool, so if you are more into music theory or you're further along in learning how to play the piano, and you wanna learn your key signatures, another great one here And again, all of these have a settings little button there up on the top right, like I said, my setup you can't see it right now, but it's there And then you can go through and basically give an answer to each of these So if it has four sharps, that's E, of course you need to learn about this first, before you're able to do it But it's very good practice, truly random, so you don't have to flip through cards or anything, it's right here online

And it does keep track of how many you got right, which is a very nice feature to have Another good one is Teoriacom And it's T-E-O-R-I-A dot com And if you go there, there's a bunch of free stuff there as well, there's music theory tutorials which are very useful, like I said, when you are a piano player, you may be thinking that you can skip music theory; you really can't

Now you don't have to become a music theory genius, or anything like that, but you really do need to know some basics and this can really help with that It's also very good for ear training and things like that A lot of great exercises and everything here So you go to the exercises portion of the website, they have ear training, which, ear training, if you don't know, is basically training your ears, well duh But how do you do that? Well you learn to actually hear – (piano notes) – the difference between notes

So if I knew – (piano notes) – and then if I had ear training I could say, okay, that note, (piano note) if I knew the bottom note was C, what's the next note up? (higher piano note) (piano note) well by ear, I can hear that that's what's called a major third So I know that the note above that's E Really useful for more advanced players especially, because then you can use your ears to really both double check yourself and it also helps with, it just really helps in general, you understand how the music flows from one section to another and between chords and things like that a bit better So it's always very useful to learn some ear training Over here is some music theory as you can see

And again, it has things like intervals, reading Which website do I find better for these little things? Probably MusicTheoryNet but this one isn't bad

Not bad at all actually And this one actually, you can set oh actually nevermind, this one is a little different than I thought it was gonna be

Nevermind the metronome there But it is actually reading through these notes, and you have to play them on this little piano in time Which I'm not getting any right because I don't understand how it works (laughs) Looks like I got 'em all wrong, so hopefully you did better than me I'm just goofing around a little bit here

But kind of interesting So if you actually, what I recommend you start with then is MusicTheoryNet, do the exercises there and then do this one There's also a settings menu for this one It actually was in the beginning here

And then you can move onto this one where you're reading a bunch of notes right in a row So you can actually use both websites to your advantage Okay, there's also things like key signatures, construction, identification, so let's just jump into one of these Okay so this one's interesting So again, I actually recommend you use this website after MusicTheory

Net It actually just says build key signature D major So what does that mean? What the heck does that mean? Well if you know your music theory, you know that in the key of D major, there's an F sharp, and there's a C sharp In that order And you say check answer, and I got it right

So after you learn your key signatures and you've practiced them, you can use this little tool, and it's just another way of practicing your key signatures which will really come in handy You have things like scales too So this wasn't on MusicTheoryNet, you can build scales I'm pretty sure what this will do is it'll ask me a scale, it'll be like, name that scale

Actually not name it, build it So let's see, build the scale major Oh, so it wants me to build a major scale here Well you have to know quite a bit about music theory here, but F, G A flat, B flat C, see how good I am, D flat, and then – (piano scale) – D and then E flat

(piano scale) Got 'em! So if you're really good at music theory you can use this and build your scale Actually if you know your scales it really helps too So next you have chords and things like that So if you go down to chords, (laughs) chords and things like that So you have triads, three-note chords, seventh chords, extended chords, those are really jazz kinda chords, so only if you're more advanced

If you're looking for beginner stuff you can look at your triads, three-note chords And obviously you have to learn about chords here but this is a really good place to practice Teoriacom is a lot about practice You can learn the stuff over at MusicTheory

Net, but in terms of actually practicing it, I mean you can do it at MusicTheoryNet as well but teoriacom has some really good examples, that you can do a lot of good practice kinda things here Build triad: major, root position And also you can learn how to do all this from both my YouTube channel and well, especially my website, 'cause my website covers this and even more

But let's see here (plays notes), we have G flat, B flat, D flat So let's go here, hit B flat and then D flat And it says correct, so I did it right And you wanna do a bunch of those every day Once you learn about it, of course

Okay then there's some other things that I'm not gonna get into during this lesson like harmonic functions, transposing instruments, and jazz Obviously a little bit more advanced, but it's there and it's free How can you beat that? So, teoriacom also comes highly recommended Okay, this one's a bit more advanced but this one's really good for finding sheet music in a lot of cases

It's called IMSLPorg And it's part of the Petrucci music library They have a lot of great public domain things here It's really good for finding sheet music except you can't find all the sheet music, but you can find a lot of things

So say you wanna learn how to play Fur Elise So you type in Fur Elise Now this is usually the more advanced versions of it It looks like Google but it is actually searching in the site They actually direct you to Google to do that

But anyway, you find it here, you click on it, and then they have the complete performance, you can listen to the recording So even if you're looking for the recordings of a lot of these pieces and you can't play them yet, it's great here Then you scroll down until you see something like complete score, look for one that looks good, you see how this one, let me zoom in, and see how that one looks nice and neat I mean it takes some getting used to to be able to figure these out right away, 'cause I've been looking at music for a long time But you always have to accept the disclaimer, and then wait 15 seconds for some reason, I guess to make sure you're not a bot, and then by the time 15 seconds are up, you can download your sheet music for great enjoyment

The great emperor has made it everybody, he's somebody in our livestream, by the way So anyway, after 15 seconds are up you click on download and you can begin enjoying your wonderful sheet music You can print it out and everything Who doesn't enjoy that? (playing song) I'm not gonna play anymore, because YouTube will flag my video and it will be very frustrating Okay, so let's go back

If there's a free music resource that you like, feel free to share because like I said, when we join together and we learn together we learn a lot more So we really should share the information we have So if you are thinking, you're like, man, I really use this other website too, it's called something-something, whatevercom, then leave it in the comments and share it with us, I would love to hear it and I'd love to get more ideas for even another video on this topic So obviously the big one here is YouTube, you can use YouTube to learn about piano

So you can type in learn, or how to play piano, see what comes up And I'll just walk you through what will pop up here and what I think of some of these creators Okay, so after the ads, you almost never wanna click on the ads, (laughs) I'm just kidding So you want to, the first real video here is how to play piano It's by Lypur, Lypur has been

he made videos a long time ago, I don't really think he's made much in the last three years but he does have quite a collection of videos which were some of the first around on YouTube, and he does have a certain style that people like and he does have a sense of humor which everybody can always enjoy Instant piano genius See the problem I have about this video is that it promises you that you can take shortcuts when, "pro shortcuts" it says, by the way, it says "learn to play piano instantly, number one beginning trainer, pro shortcuts" So that's not clickbait at all, is it? Well I've written a couple clickbait-y titles before But there's no such thing as pro shortcuts, guys

He talks about how you, he actually says, you're wasting your time if you're learning how to read music and learning music theory And then he claims that you can go around that by learning his numbering system which is really just intervals It's really nothing revolutionary at all And I don't get it I don't get it

He wants you to sign up at pianogeniuscom though, apparently But that's just my opinion I might be wrong I don't have anything against the guy himself

That's just what I think of his video HDpiano actually is useful if you're looking to learn songs and, oh, no no no don't play his video (laughs)

Don't play his video, I will get in so much trouble for that But anyway, it's basically if you wanna learn a certain song with the Synthesia kinda thing, then that might be for you but you can't really learn how to play piano that way So I don't recommend that one But anyway, some good ones here, like Lypur was good so I recommend you check him out The Online Piano and Violin Tutor

Can't remember her name right now, what is her name I feel so bad 'cause I feel like I see it all the time Alison, right? Her name's Alison? I apologize, Alison, if I forgot your name No, no no no Alison is her name, okay Hopefully that didn't get me flagged

It's so ridiculous that I have to be so careful about this but what are you gonna do So she's really good, she has a lot of lessons She has a lot of covers too, so if you wanna learn some anime music and things like that, that's the place to go I don't do as many covers anymore, or song tutorials Hoffman Academy, Hoffman has a lot of free stuff

And the guy's very nice I've never talked to him personally, though But look how nice he looks I actually don't know much about him, to tell you the truth I've seen him before, though His lessons make sense, they're easy to understand This is a satire video, how to fake piano skills, play without knowing how

I don't know how much it will educate you, but if you want to be entertained that's the way to go So you can use YouTube for sure, and then of course you can type in, actually, I come up under a lot of things, but if you just type in lessonsontheweb, obviously you will find me pop up And you can go to LessonsOnTheWeb, which we have all seen here before (piano music)

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