Introduction to Your Teacher

Hello and Welcome to Piano Lessons for Beginners.

My name is Bianca Tremelo. I am a qualified piano and theory teacher with many years experience, both as a teacher and as a performer. We are about to embark on a musical journey which I am sure you will find most rewarding. If you follow my simple instructions carefully, and work hard, putting in a little practice every day, then you will learn how to play the piano with grace and agility.

Good luck with this, your magical, mystery, musical  journey.

You will find links to the first 10 lessons below.

Best Regards,

Bianca Tremelo.

  1. Piano Lesson One: The Notes on the Piano
  2. Piano Lesson Two: The Scale of C Major
  3. Piano Lesson Three: How To Play Piano Chords
  4. Piano Lesson Four: Sharps, Flats and Key Signatures
  5. Piano Lesson Five: More Piano Chords
  6. Piano Lesson Six: Time Signatures and Note Values
  7. Piano Lesson Seven: Complete List of Key Signatures
  8. Piano Lesson Eight: The Major and Minor Scales
  9. Piano Lesson Nine: The Diminished Chord

17 Responses to Introduction to Your Teacher

  1. John Mann says:

    I am a newbie at learning piano. It is such a great feeling to be able to play a song for the first time.

    Thank you for your inspiration :)
    John

    • Wahyu says:

      Learning to read standard mciusal notation is lots easier than it looks.The basics are very simple. It’s not like learning a new language. If you know the alphabetfrom A to G , you’re already halfway there. It simply takes some practice.One thing you may get hung-up on, is that most pitches (notes) can be played in more thanone place on a guitar fingerboard. Take the 1st E , above middle C, for example:This same pitch can be played at 5 different places. -Assuming standard tuning is used:1st string, open / 2nd string, 5th fret / 3rd string, 10th fret, etc.Which to use depends on the context. This is where guitar tablature (tab) can help.The problem with tab is it is only applicable to the guitar,where standard is applicable to any instrument (even vocals).Standard will also help you understand what you’re doing and how music works.Any book on reading music will get you started.But a favorite of mine is The Guitar Handbook, by Ralph Denyer Try to find it.It gives instruction on both tab and standard, along with lots of other important info.It’s a goldmine of information and instruction.

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  3. Paul Wissing says:

    I just aquired an electronic keyboard and I am willing to work hard and concistantly
    to become an accomplished pianist, I am celebrating my 75 birthday this month,
    and will enjoy learning how to play .
    Thank You

    • Bianca Tremolo says:

      Hi Paul. That is great that you are beginning to learn to play the piano. It is never too late to learn. I once had a 75 year old pupil who had had a few basic lessons in clarinet. He started with me and, before long, he was playing beautiful music on the clarinet.
      He had always had a passion to learn to play an instrument, and it didn’t matter that he had begun so late in life. He achieved his goal. His favourite was the ‘Panis Angelicus’ by Cesar Franck.
      Glad to help. I will be paying more attention to my piano site from now on, so don’t hesitate to ask any questions. I will do my best to answer them.
      Best Regards,
      Bianca.

  4. Hi, it’s lovely to meet you. It’s been a joy of mine to learn piano over a number of years. It’s always fascinating to me to visit other teacher’s websites because we can all learn something from each other.

    Jenny
    Another Piano Teacher

  5. Sandhya says:

    Dear Bianca Mam,
    I have recently started going for keyboard classes in order to learn to play the electronic keyboard . I am from India and I am 45 years old. I am having difficulty playing the chords simultaneously along with melody. I keep pressing the wrong key. For example, instead of pressing G C E, I end up pressing A C E which is Am, I guess. Hope you can help me out in practicing the right way so that I am able to play correctly. Is there any exercise that helps us in playing chords correctly?

    Thanks and regards,
    Sandhya

    • Bianca Tremolo says:

      Dear Sandhya,
      I think it is best to thoroughly learn all the chords in their root position before going on to invert them.
      When you play GCE, you are actually playing the C major chord, but in its 2nd inversion. When you put that bottom G back to the top of the chord, you have the original C Major chord in its root position again.
      I teach my students to play all the chords in their root positions first of all. Start with the Key C, which has all white notes.
      Begin your first triad on the C note, with E and G above. This is the C major chord – the first chord on the scale of C – The ‘Tonic’ chord.
      Then all you do is move up one note to get each triad.
      You will note that the chords on the first degree, the fourth and the fifth are the only major chords. These are called the ‘Primary Triads’.
      It is a good idea to learn these chords at the start of your piano training. Get to know the sounds of each triad. Know what degree of the scale you are playing.
      Major, Minor, Minor, Major, Major, Minor, Diminished is the order of the chords in any Major key.
      Learn these before you tackle the Minor Key.
      Hope this helps.
      Regards,
      Bianca.

  6. Lee says:

    Hi Bianca:

    Your site is really informative. My son is learning piano theory from the beginning.
    He is 7 and bright enough. But I wonder if there’s a better way to begin for him.
    You mentioned it is a good idea to learn the chords in the root position at the
    beginning of piano training–do you feel the same for children and can you recommend a certain style of piano instruction that my be best for my son? He’s very animated and interested in everything, but I sense he is a bit bored trying to understand a lot right now with no success in a real song, except maybe happy birthday and a few others…

    Thank you,

    Lee

    • Bianca Tremolo says:

      Hi Lee,
      I would go out and buy a book designed for children of his age. There are plenty to choose from. Something with nice big notes and not too much writing on the page, and which includes singable nursery rhymes and folk tunes.
      Then you can gently impart your own learned theory after he has got the hang of the tunes.
      Best wishes,
      Bianca

  7. missy says:

    hello :) Newbie here..

    I’ve been dreaming bout learning to play the piano or even just the keyboard since i was like eight and now i’m sixteen and still, all i could play is doremifasolatidooooo~! and thats just embarrassing.. for me.
    so i’m here to ‘try’.. and im just praying your lessons would help my crooked fingers.. and hopefully in just a matter of days.. weeks maybe.. i’ll be able to play my favorite song.. tnx in advance :] xoxo jae

  8. rapheal says:

    Dear bianca,
    your teachings have been a great source of inspiration for me to continue with my abandoned keyboard lessons but the challenge i’m having is that my left hand is just too weak which is making feel frustrated because it always press the wrong key pls what do think i can do to help this

    • Bianca Tremolo says:

      Dear Ralph,
      The best thing is to practice your scales, with more time being spent on the left hand. Five finger excercises are good, too. One good excercise is to play 3rds on just the first five notes: Left hand little finger on C with the middle (3rd) finger on E. Play the two notes together. Then play D and F together, using the 4th finger of left hand for D, and the 2nd finger for note F. Then move to E and G, with the 3rd middle finger taking the E and the thumb (1) playing the G. Then reverse the procedure, playing the D and F together, then the C and E again. Keep practicing this excersice, going up and down several times.
      This is the best way I know to get strength in the fingers of the left hand.
      Regards,
      Bianca

  9. Peter says:

    Dear Bianca,

    I am 27 year-old and have never touched a keyboard. I am very interested in taking some piano lessons, but, I first want to know how far I can possibly go. Honestly, I prefer not to do something rather than doing it incompetently. Some people say that starting at my age, one will end up playing only very simple songs. Is it true? Have you ever seen relatively old biginners becoming relatively good players? Thank you very much for your help in advance.

  10. michael innocent says:

    I’d love to learn more about the piano so I can be a good pianist…and I’d also love you to be my mentor sir…thanks God blesses you for your time and commitment.

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