Taking an online keyboards course is a good method to learn to play this instrument. In principle, the Internet offers good options to benefit from a keyboards method adapted to each one.
Every Internet user, whatever their age and computer skills, can see tutorials on sites such as YouTube or Dailymotion. The tutorials are short videos of ten or fifteen minutes that come with a small detailed explanation of each stage of learning of a specific activity.
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Viewing tutorials on the Internet you can learn to play the keyboards without having to face the costs involved in music lessons, but beware: you can not trust everyone, because everyone can record and offer tutorials to learn keyboards.
A bit of History
The keyboards arise from the evolution of the harpsichord and the cymbal, two plucked string instruments. Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655-1731) develops the idea of supporting the fingers on keys that trigger hammers which hit the strings.
Little by little, the instrument evolves, and an Alsatian family of German origin improves the idea and the process of hitting the hammers: the Silbermann family. Around 1770, the pianoforte was born, the star instrument of the classical period in the music of J.S Bach (1685-1750), including W. A. Mozart (1756-1791) and Schubert (1797-1828).
The end of the 19th century sees the rise of the Industrial Revolution and at the same time the pianoforte experiences the following improvements:
Evolution of the sonority, improvement of the precision
Flexibility of the keys and keyboard
Improved resistance with steel ropes
The keyboards are internationalized
In America (the firm Steinway is still a pioneer in the world of keyboards) and in Asia (with the famous Yamaha in Japan, created in the Meiji era). Playing the keyboards becomes, therefore, a worldwide pleasure.
Thanks to research into the excellence and quality of the instrument, the keyboards industry continues to thrive today. The digital era and web 2.0 do not harm the life of this noble instrument: currently, the electronic keyboards offer the same sonorities as vertical keyboards, but being more portable, lightweight, compact and detachable. The development of the electronic keyboards enabled the middle class to discover this instrument and hire keyboards teachers to learn to play it.
After the jazz star years (1940-1950), the golden age of tango (1930-1950), the rise of rock since the 60s and the development of the consumer society, the keyboards is everywhere: in the cinema , on television, on the radio, at music festivals, in music schools, in music classes at school and in homes.
Master the perfect touch technique for each key
Then we will explain it, so you can integrate these practices to your keyboards sessions. Just remember that getting to this point of knowing how much force to apply to sound the keyboards is something that demands a lot of practice and sacrifice. Many consider this expression of fine art something difficult to master and that only some come close to perfecting it. But we are more than sure that following these tips, you will become part of that privileged group.
As with the guitar, warming up before playing the keyboards is important. Even if you do not believe it, not heating properly can cause injuries, which will stall your progress as a pianist. If you do not want that to happen and your learning is continuous, remember to warm up with the following exercises that we will show you next:
Put your hand on a firm surface completely relaxed. Once you have placed them on a table or other firm surface, proceed to separate the fingers from each other. Hold this position for about 5 to 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise about 8 to 10 times.
Again look for a signature surface and place your hand on it but this time made a fist. Important: the back of the hand should face the table. Now with your fist in place, proceed to open your hand slowly and stretch your fingers as far as you can. Hold the tension for a time similar to the first exercise. Repeat 8 to 10 times.
Follow the same procedure as in exercise number two, but instead of opening your hand slowly what you will do is open your fingers one by one in a pause. When you open each finger, try to reach its maximum tension. Do the exercise slowly and repeat it 3 to 5 times.
This is a variation of exercise number one. You have to perform the same steps but now you must place rubber bands between your fingers. This will raise the intensity of the exercise, so it is advisable to lower the repetitions to only 3 to 5.