17 March 2020
By Ellie Palmer
Learn everything there is to know about warming up, hand positioning, fingering, sight-reading and so much more in Tim Stein's lesson series – available for free on YouTube
The current global situation may be bleak and worrying, but we know that one thing that can help in circumstances like this is music.
It's important we keep exercising our minds in the right way. We want to make sure we are giving you all the resources you need to do just that.
Here are 14 in-depth beginner video lessons full of practical advice on warming up, hand positioning, fingering, sight-reading and so much more.
Basics of Playing Piano
Seating and Posture
Learn about the most comfortable ways to sit at the piano whilst avoiding injury.
Hand shape and hand position
Tim Stein talks through hand positioning for the piano, and advises you on the bad habits to avoid.
Piano fingering for beginners
Knowing where to put which finger can really slow down our learning process. This video talks you through the best practices for fingering.
Geography of the keyboard
Peripheral vision is so important when you are in the midst of learning a piece. Tim Stein explains.
Simple warm-up exercises
"Why do we do warm-up exercises? It's a little bit like going to the gym; you shouldn't start training until you've done your basic warm-ups."
Hand and finger independence
At times, your fingers will have to play different melodies and harmonies at the same time, which can be very challenging. Learn how to seamlessly and effectively combine the two.
Fingering for scales and arpeggios
Already watched the lesson on piano fingering? This video is the perfect follow-up.
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Piano tone and sound
What is the secret of a beautiful tone? Find out below...
How to start practising a piece
Where do we start when learning a piece? The beginning? The middle? The end? Tim Stein clears things up.
Sight-reading is an enviable skill. Now, you can learn how to master it.
What is aural training? How can it help me become a better pianist?
Leaps and large intervals
Learn how to smoothly master those tricky jumps in your piece.
Tim Stein talks through the balance of notes in chord.
Strengthening the left hand
Our left hand is often our weaker hand. Wouldn't we all be better pianists if both of our hands were as strong as each other? Tim Stein shows you to achieve this.