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Celine Gaurier-Joubert of London Piano Institute Discusses Piano Basics

London Piano Institute      Q: Isn’t learning how to play the piano a daunting task?

Celine Gaurier-Joubert, London Piano Institute: It is, of course. The new student will likely feel confused by the keyboard at first. The most important initial lesson is that a piano consists of only seven white notes and five black notes for a total of 12 piano notes. The white notes are C, D, E, F, G, A, B. Depending on the key, black notes are either C#, D#, F#, G#, A# or Db, Eb, Gb, Ab, Bb. The beginner will encounter a few unfamiliar musical symbols along the way, but knowing the basic notes of the piano is a terrific start.

Q: How does this technical knowledge assist the student?

Celine Gaurier-Joubert, London Piano Institute: It’s critical to understand the intricate nature of the piano for more enjoyment. Piano students who gather a wealth of knowledge about the piano and how it works will invariably make greater progress than those with little understanding.

Q: In what way should a beginner address the piano?

Celine Gaurier-Joubert, London Piano Institute: A common problem for beginning pianists is figuring out which fingers will play which keys. Not knowing how to use both hands can cause beginners to choose convenience instead of efficiency, which can ultimately harm their natural rhythm.

Q: Any useful tips for beginners?

Celine Gaurier-Joubert, London Piano Institute: Beginners are advised to purchase a small keyboard (in addition to their standard upright or grand piano) that will be easily transportable, even on a holiday or a business trip. Consistent practice is necessary when learning how to play the piano. This small keyboard will help students visualise their exercises and practise certain scale patterns throughout the different octaves.

Q: What is an octave?

Celine Gaurier-Joubert, London Piano InstituteOn each separate occasion where 12 half step notes are repeating, the student is operating in a new octave. The sound goes lower in pitch when descending the keyboard, and higher in pitch when ascending the keyboard.

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London Piano Institute is known as “The place in Europe for adults who are passionate about learning to play the piano.” It was founded by master pianist and world-renowned adult piano teacher Celine Gaurier-Joubert, whose expertise is second to none when it comes to adult piano education. London Piano Institute welcomes learners of all skill levels, from beginners who are completely new to the keyboard, to those with some childhood experience, to the intermediate level player in need of fresh inspiration. London Piano Institute even welcomes advanced players in need of that master’s touch to move to the level of excellence.

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