Unleash Your Inner Pianist

Learn How to Play Piano

Fun, intuitive piano lessons at your own pace

Pianists of any level can improve their playing with Yousician. Whether you’re a beginner hoping to pick up the basics or already advanced, our missions and exercises are perfect for developing a wide range of skills. Learn chords, melodies, sight-reading sheet music, combining hands, ear training, key signatures, your favorite genres, and so much more!

Our pianists are motivated by a huge inventory of videos and lessons, Weekly Challenges against existing users, and comprehensive progress tracking as you learn. You don’t need any additional cords or cables for your piano or keyboard, just a desire to play the piano!

Learning Piano With One Hand

What does the Piano experience look like?

1. Keyboard
Here you can see which key(s) you're meant to play. In this example, you're about to play the G key above middle C with your right thumb, followed by the D and F keys with your middle and pinky fingers, respectively.
2. Song Bar
The song bar lets you know where you are in the song, as well as what's coming up. You can skip ahead, or set a loop for practicing the trickiest parts.
iPhone-piano
3. Finger colors & placement
Play the keys with fingers of the matching color from the bottom right legend. You'll get instant feedback on your timing and the accuracy of the note(s) each hand plays.
4. Hand Selection & Tempo Slider
Practice right hand, left hand, or hands together. You can also adjust the speed at which the song plays to determine how fast or slow you'd like to play your part.

How To Play Piano

You have taken the decision to start mastering the beautiful sound of a piano, and Yousician wants to be there with you. Our piano teachers are there to support you along your learning journey, with missions and exercises that will keep practicing fun and motivating.

If you are eager to start learning your new skill, you can go ahead and try our premium plan for free to get started. You will get immediate access to our full range of piano lessons and videos. If you keep scrolling down, you will see why Yousician is your perfect companion to learn how to play the piano.

Learn Piano Keyboard

The first glance at a piano keyboard can cause a little bit of stress. Especially if it is a full-size keyboard with 88 keys. If you are practicing with Yousician, you do not have to worry about that. Our app will guide you with positioning your fingers on the keyboard. We use color codes, which makes it much easier to find the right notes for your songs and nail the practice sessions. Yousician will also give you lessons about finding individual notes on your keyboard.

You will notice that the size of the keyboard does not really matter. The pattern of different notes will always be the same. Once you are starting to memorize the positions of the notes, playing the piano will become much easier. You will then be able to focus more on the music itself, rather than constantly checking if you are hitting the right notes. Yousician’s workouts, lessons, and simple app layout will gradually get you there.

How to Play Piano with notes

Learn Piano Notes

Reading and understanding notes is so easy, right? Or maybe not so much. When you start learning piano with Yousician, you will learn which letters are which notes. We will also give you tips on how you can find different notes from the keyboard easier. Of course, you do not have to learn everything immediately. When you are practicing songs, our app will show you the notes that you are playing. We believe learning the notes this way is more motivating than spending your nights reading about music theory.

One central thing you will learn right in the beginning is that notes get lower towards left, and higher towards right on the keyboard. The distance between those notes is measured as half and whole steps. A half step is the smallest possible distance between two notes. On a piano keyboard, a half note is the closest key to your current note, which very often means moving from a white key to a black key. With a whole step, you are skipping one note between two keys.

Another useful feature with Yousician is that the notes are placed on the staff like regular notes. This means that while you are playing, you are eventually learning to read notes. When you feel confident about it, you can change the colored symbols to look like regular ones. You will also get piano lessons about individual notes and where they are positioned on the staff.

Music staffs on Yousician’s piano learning app

Learn Piano Chords

Once you have started to get the hang of individual notes, you can start using them to build chords, which are three or more notes played at the same time. Yousician gives you lessons about the most popular chords, guiding you to place your fingers correctly and making use of the new information in songs and exercises immediately. You will also gain tips on how to easily change between certain chords, like A minor and C major.

It is surprisingly easy to start applying those chords to songs, as quite many popular songs have relatively simple chord progressions. If you look at the chorus from Hurt by Johnny Cash, you can see that you need only four chords to get through it. Like with individual notes earlier, Yousician will show you which keys to press to get through the song.

How to play piano chords

How To Play The Piano With Both Hands

Every piano player finds playing with both of your hands challenging in the beginning, so you are not alone. It will take time and practice to develop the coordination between your hands, but Yousician gives you a smooth learning curve to master it. Take your time to practice and have fun while doing it. Remember that in practice mode, you can adjust the tempo and even choose if you want to play with one or both hands, so you can gradually develop your speed with your favorite songs.

When you are playing the piano, you will notice that there are two different staff lines. The upper one is called the treble staff, which is usually played with the right hand. The staff below is called the bass staff, which is therefore meant to be played with the left hand. This makes sense with how we mentioned lower notes being left on your keyboard and higher notes on the right side.

Playing the piano with two hands
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Easy To Learn Piano Songs

When you are learning to play an instrument, it is important to keep the process fun and motivating. One very efficient way for this is to play songs that match your music taste. Yousician’s library has plenty to choose from, all the way from rock’n roll tunes of Alice Cooper to dark and moody pop of Billie Eilish. When you are going through the songs on our site, you can also see the estimated difficulty level for different sections of the song. If you are not sure about the genre, the songs can be browsed by your instrument of choice as well.

Best Way To Learn Piano

Mastering piano will not be an easy task; we give you that. That is why Yousician wants to be there helping you with your learning journey and gaining a new life skill. Yousician’s piano lessons and exercises are tailored to your skills and needs, with a wide range of music to practice along with. You may be just starting to get familiar with the keyboard or know some scales already, and we can help you build your skills from any starting point.

Even though we just gave you a list of things to consider when you start playing the piano, you do not have to worry about it. Our step-by-step tutorials will get you through the songs and exercises, and you can focus on enjoying the experience of music.

Stretch your fingers and get ready to join millions of other Yousicians. You can start with the free trial of our premium plan to get unlimited access to our learning material. We wish you have an amazing time while learning to play the piano with us.

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