10 Best Kids Music Keyboard
Your Child and Piano
When it comes to piano, children love it; piano for a child is a must even if they don’t have lessons, it’s so nice to hear them play every now and then. If you can’t afford a real piano then a cheap keyboard will do the trick.
Whenever I’m asked to be the piano man at an event where there are children, I always accept straight away because of the fun I have, children don’t like to go to a serious concert and sit there for over an hour listening.
They like to be a part of it; as soon as I start playing the piano, children come from around the room, usually, it’s one that wants to have a go on the piano, so I’ll show him or her a few tunes to play with me.
Then when the others see that happen, they all want to be a part of it so they all take turns playing simple tunes that I show them, and to make things more musical I’ll play a nice accompaniment for them.
At the end of the event, I’ll have people asking me how I got their child to play a tune so fast, and if I teach, etc… Well, children and music go together so well. I teach piano, so that’s what I’ve talked about here, even if it’s not piano though, you should always try and find away to incorporate music into a child’s life.
So with piano, children will usually want to learn, the only thing you have to be careful of is making sure that you don’t take that want away by making them practice too much or making them go to a teacher that they don’t like, and when you want to inspire them, don’t take them to an amazing concert pianist where they have to sit and do nothing but listen, take them to something casual where they can be a part of the action, where they themselves can become the star!!!
The Piano Education Page
Your teacher has said again, ‘you have to do more practice’. Well, you already play all your scales, arpeggios, and assigned pieces once through every day, what more could she possibly want? How ‘bout five times through each day?! Yep. That might satisfy your teacher. Here’s how to do it so that you don’t lose count. First, you need to grab some props. Five props to be exact. It’s more interesting if they’re in different colors. What to use … how about plastic pegs, or game counters/tokens, or those colored plastic paper clips? You can even use colored pencils or pens. Now, we’re going to put these colored ‘props’ in order. Least favorite color, to most favorite. If you’re using pegs or paper clips, attach these to the top of your music page. Make sure they’re all together on one side of the page. If you’re using something else, lay these on top of one side of the piano. Okay. We’re set. Each time you play the piece, you move one of your colored objects to the opposite side of the page, or piano. Keep doing this until each prop is on the opposite side. Then, do the same with your next piece. You can do this for scales too! You can give each color a special purpose. Have you got your five different colors ready? My five colors are orange, yellow, green, purple, and blue. Orange: The first time we play the piece is going to be SLOW and steady. We’re going to make sure we take our time thinking about what note is on the page, where it is on the piano, and how many counts it takes. We’re going to make sure we don’t make any mistakes, even if this takes a long time. You can look at your hands if you need to. Yellow. The second time, we’re going to do the same thing, only this time, you’re not allowed to look at your hands! Concentrate. You’ll be able to do it. Green. We’re still playing slow. This time, we have to include any expression marks, like soft and loud and make sure we bring these out in our playing. Purple. Now we have to look carefully at the touch and phrasing. Do you have to play legato or staccato? Concentrate on this. Blue is the last one. (Make sure you use your favorite color last because it represents your best performance.) We have to make sure we’re concentrating on all of the above! Tomorrow, do the same thing. Use different colors, or different props to keep things interesting.
Chart of Piano Chords
Need a Chart of Piano Chords?
Well, look no further. Here you’ll find a chart of piano chords. A chart can be really helpful when you’re someone who likes to play chords.
On this page, the piano chord charts list chords according to their starting note. All Cs are together and so on. You can also find specific pages on major chords, minor chords, and diminished chords. You’ll find a chart of those specific piano chords plus learn how to make them.
Chart of Piano Chords – C and C#:
Key: C C = C E G Cm = C Eb G C7 = C E G Bb CM7 = C E G B Cm7 = C Eb G Bb Csus = C F G Csus7 = C F G Bb C6 = C E G A C2 = C D E G
Key: C# C#= C# E# G# C#m = C# E G# C#7 = C# E# G# B C#M7 = C# E# G# B# C#m7 = C# E G# B C#sus = C#F#G# C#sus7 = C# F# G# B C#6 = C# E# G# A# C#2 = C# D# E# G#
Chart of Piano Chords – Db and D:
Key: Db Db: Db F Ab Dbm: Db Fb Ab Db7: Db F Ab Cb DbM7: Db F Ab C Dbm7: Db Fb Ab Cb Dbsus: Db Gb Ab Dbsus7: Db Gb Ab Cb Db6: Db F Ab Bb Db2: Db Eb F Ab
Key: D D: D F# A Dm: D F A D7 : D F# A C DM7: D F# A C# Dm7: D F A C Dsus: D G A Dsus7: D G A C D6: D F# A B D2: D E F# A
Chart of Piano Chords – Eb and E:
Key: Eb Eb = Eb G Bb Ebm = Eb Gb Bb Eb7 = Eb G Bb Db EbM7 = Eb G Bb D Ebm7 = Eb Gb Bb Db Ebsus = Eb Ab Bb Ebsus7 = Eb Ab Bb Db Eb6 = Eb G Bb C Eb2 = Eb F G Bb
Key: E E = E G# B Em = E G B E7 = E G# B D EM7 = E G# B D# Em7 = E G B D Esus = E A B Esus7 = E A B D E6 = E G# B C# E2 = E F# G# B
Chart of Piano Chords – F and F#:
Key: F F = F A C Fm = F Ab C F7 = F A C Eb FM7 = F A C E Fm7 = F Ab C Eb Fsus = F Bb C Fsus7 = F Bb C Eb F6 = F A C D F2 = F G A C
Key: F# F# = F# A# C# F#m = F# A C# F#7 = F# A# C# E F#M7 = F# A# C# E# F#m7 = F# A C# E F#sus = F# B C# F#sus7 = F# B C# E F#6 = F# A# C# D# F#2 = F# G# A# C#
Chart of Piano Chords – G, Ab, and A:
Key: G G = G B D Gm = G Bb D G7 = G B D F GM7 = G B D F# Gm7 = G Bb D F Gsus = G C D Gsus7 = G C D F G6 = G B D E G2 = G A B D
Key: Ab Ab = Ab C Eb Abm = Ab Cb Eb Ab7 = Ab C Eb Gb AbM7 = Ab C Eb G Abm7 = Ab Cb Eb Gb Absus = Ab Db Eb Absus7 = Ab Db Eb Gb Ab6 = Ab C Eb F Ab2 = Ab Bb C Eb
Key: A A = A C# E Am = A C E A7 = A C# E G AM7 = A C# E G# Am7 = A C E G Asus = A D E Asus7 = A D E G A6 = A C# E F# A2 = A B C# E
Chart of Piano Chords – Bb and B:
Key: Bb Bb = Bb D F Bbm = Bb Db F Bb7 = Bb D F Ab BbM7 = Bb D F A Bbm7 = Bb Db F Ab Bbsus = Bb Eb F Bbsus7 = Bb Eb F Ab Bb6 = Bb D F G Bb2 = Bb C D F
Key: B B = B D# F# Bm = B D F# B7 = B D# F# A BM7 = B D# F# A# Bm7 = B D F# A Bsus = B E F# Bsus7 = B E F# A B6 = B D# F# G# B2 = B C# D# F#
A chart of piano chords can be a great reference for you. If you find that you dont want to always be looking up a chord, check out piano chords diagrams. It gives you basic formula for learning many of the different kinds of chords.
If you really want to get to know chords and don’t want to be referring to a chart of piano chords, you can read more about building them on the reading piano chords page or the chord theory page. And of course … have fun playing them!
How to learn piano chords by ear – by Marty Alan McGill
You don’t have to read music to play music! Think about this … someone somewhere made music without a written note. The writing came afterward, as a way to share, and/or remember the music. I started playing guitar 40 years ago, I just plucked away at it until I started making music. I have never learned to read musical notes, and I doubt I ever will. I have recently(4 years ago)taken up the piano, and I want to share my method with anyone who wants to have fun on the piano.
There are 88 keys on a piano, but only 12 notes. That’s right, 12 notes that repeat over and over in sequence. The first note is a white key, it is an A-note, the next white key is a B-note. And after B comes C, still on white notes, D, E, F, G. Then they repeat, A through G, and again and again. You’re probably thinking that’s only 7 notes … the other 5 are the black keys. They are the sharps and flats, if you play the black note to the right of a G note it will be G-sharp, or if you are playing from the A note, the same G-sharp would be called A-flat. This can be confusing, but for this lesson it is unimportant.
The Home Key on the piano is the middle C. The C note is the white note to the left of the two black notes. If you are confused about this, start at the first note and do your ABCs on the white notes, and you will figure it out. The middle C is the C note closest to the middle of the piano … that’s where we will make our first chord. Put your thumb on the middle C, count that as number 1. Count the keys to the right, white and black up to 5, that is the second note in the C chord, if you’ve done it right you should be on E note. Continue counting white and black notes to 8, that is the final note in the C chord, a G note. If you play all three together it should make a beautiful sound, assuming you got it right and the piano is in tune.
Using this 1-5-8 sequence, you can make any natural chord on the piano. You can start on any note, and count 1-5-8 making sure to count white and black keys and make the chord for that root note. If you start on an F note, it will be an F chord, B note, B chord, and so on. It works with sharps and flats as well. If you start on A-sharp, you make an A-sharp chord, etc.
Once you start practicing finding these chords without counting, you will be on your way to learning the piano. If you drop the number 5 note to a 4 you will make the minor chord for that note. Say you playing a C chord, move your middle note one key to your left, and you will make a C minor. Try it and you will hear the difference, it makes a very dramatic, haunting sound. This too works on all keys.
Of course, if you’re tone-deaf, you’re probably not going to master any instrument. But if you can hear the notes, and the differences in them, I am convinced you can have fun at the piano. And that’s what music is all about … fun.