Best Beginner Piano Exercises

Hi everyone, this is the Grand Master, a piano teacher in Singapore. Just like learning anything else, when it comes to mastering playing the piano, the foundation is the most important. Here are some of the best beginner piano exercises.

One of the most important things you need to do is to have the proper finger positioning, as it helps to improve your technique for more difficult songs in future.

Here are some tips:

  • First of all, your knuckles should generally not be straightened. This is because the primary source of power for piano playing should actually come from your fingers, and not the wrist or arm! You should relax your arm, elbow and shoulders in order to really focus on using your fingers to play the piano. This is because if you play from the arm, the piano song may end up being overly-rhythmic even when the piano song is not supposed to sound that way.
  • Play pentascales using one finger at a time – CDEFG. Play one finger at a time and listen to the result, while focusing on using only your finger muscles. It may sound ridiculously easy, but for those who do not have much finger muscles, it will be more difficult than it seems!
  • Using a pentascale, play in thirds and skip notes. It is important during this beginner piano exercise to still play every single note legato-connected.
  • Now, you want to try over-legato. This is essentially a way of playing the piano, and a music exercise in which you will play the piano notes in a way such that every note overlaps with the subsequent one. It may sound very easy, but it can be surprisingly difficult for beginners to perform this!
  • Get yourself some Hanon technique books. They work great, and most local piano teachers in Singapore will definitely recommend and buy you some of these books to practise with as well. Czerny can be a little harder than the beginner Hanon books, so keep that in mind.

In a nutshell, if you keep performing these beginner piano exercises daily, you will soon be able to build a solid foundation. In future, you will find it easier to play difficult songs too!

Remember that consistency is the key to mastering the piano! I hope you find these beginner exercises helpful as you learn how to play!