The first months of learning to play the piano may seem tedious – simple scales, exercises, and simple music pieces are often played with one hand.
There are different approaches to how to start learning to play. In my opinion, if your intention is to commit to a serious several year study, you should start from practicing simple scales and exercises.
An another approach is represented by for example Suzuki method, when you do not practice scales and etudes, but intuitively mimic a teacher, looking for your “own” technique. You can learn more about the method here
How the first months of learning to play the piano look like in practice, assuming a “classical” method of learning?
The purpose of this stage is to make sure that at play the hand is loose (not tense), and that the fingers (and weight of an entire hand) is based on a keyboard. For this purpose simple melodies are practiced, initially with right and left hand separately, and scales – at the beginning separately with each hand as well.
What music pieces to play in the first months of learning to play?
The program, or selection of music pieces, which a beginner learns to play usually consists of 2-3 music pieces and of ranges (in the following months passages may also be learned).
Music pieces are of various kinds, so that the student learns various aspects – technical and also related to harmony. The repertoire of the learner should consist for example of the following music pieces:
- Etudes (authors of know etudes are for example C. Gurlitt, H. Gnesin);
- Music pieces by J. S. Bach (in the initial stage these could be simple piano pieces from Anna Magdalena Notebook);
- Any of the popular melodies (for example one of the popular children songs);
Each exercise begins from playing a scale. The first scales are in key C major or A minor or G major or E minor, since they are the easiest ones.
With a more serious approach to playing a piano it is worth purchasing a book, for example Adult All-In-One Course: Lesson-Theory-Technic: Level 1 by Willard A. Palmer, where all basic concepts or playing a piano are introduced.