Piano LessonsWelcome to MyPianoLessons.net – an online piano tutorial and blog. My name’s Omar. This site is all about one thing – learning how to play the piano like a pro.

If you’re a beginner trying to teach yourself piano, here’s a few sections you definitely want to hit up before checking out the rest of the blog posts on the site:

If you’ve already checked out those pages, or already know the basics, then check out some of the latest blog posts below this one.

Thanks for hitting me up. I hope I can help us both learn how to play the piano.

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Piano Finger ExercisesHey everybody!

In this post I’m going to talk about basic piano finger exercises that will help you finger flexibility and dexterity. But before I get into that I wanna say something. (If you want to skip to the exercises, just scroll down or check out these really good piano exercises. If you’re cool with hearing me explain my lack or practice, read on…)

My Bad…

Wow it’s been a long time since my last post. And yup, you guessed it. I stopped practicing again.

I know, I know… I’m horrible. But life got in the way again and I wasn’t able to sit down and practice. I didn’t forget about the site, I swear. And I’ll never forget about this site. I am on a mission to learn the piano, no matter how long it takes. And I want to put the whole thing online.

But for real, I’m going to do better by you guys. When I came back to the site to update it a while back, I was amazed by the number of comments from REAL people who really found the way I explain things here helpful and useful.

Seriously, thats crazy! And I don’t want to leave you hanging for long periods any more. So I set up a practice schedule everyday and I’m going to try to post here as I progress to different lessons.

Started Practicing Again with Piano Finger Exercises

I started practicing again a couple of weeks ago but since it’s been a few weeks since I’ve practiced – I’m going back to the basics. Starting over with all of my scales. I worked on the C Major. And I’m still good with that. I also practiced F Major and I’m good with that again. So now it’s time to move onto the Bb (B-Flat) Major Scale. (Find out why I’m bouncing from scale to scale on this post)

But before I post about the next scale, I gotta say this. Not practicing messes with your technique hardcore. My fingers got stiff by the time I started practicing again and I couldn’t move them around the keyboard like I used to.

So for the first couple of days I just practiced for an hour or so every day doing piano finger exercises to help my fingers move loosely again.

This helped a lot and I suggest everyone do finger exercises for piano for the first 10-15 minutes of every practice session. That’s what I’m going to do from now on. It really helps you move across the keyboard a lot easier.

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Here’s basically what you do.

Beginner Piano Exercises Explained

I know two different beginner piano exercises and these are the ones I do everyday I practice playing the piano. I am going to learn more exercises that will help me get faster and better (like hanon exercises) and I will post about them soon.

But for now, try doing these two exercises everyday and you’ll get better and better everyday.

The First Piano Finger Exercise

For the first exercise for your fingers place your right hand on the piano with your thumb on the middle C note, followed by each of your other fingers on the rest of the notes that follow. (click here for more info on piano finger placement)

SO, start with your right hand, place it on the piano keys like this:

  • Thumb (finger #1) – Middle C Note
  • Index (finger #2) – D Note
  • Middle (finger #3) – E Note
  • Ring (finger #4) – F Note
  • Pinky (finger #5) –  G Note

Now you simply play all those notes one at a time starting with your thumb (C Note), one after the other, moving to the right. Once you reach the G Note with your pinky, go back down the notes moving left.

So this is how you play the notes – C, D, E, F, G, F, E, D – and then repeat a few times. For the full piano finger exercise you’ll be playing up and down the notes 3 times, and end back on the C. (see the video.)

Start off slow, and gradually speed up more and more.

Finger Placement For Your Left Hand:

  • Pinky (Finger #5) – C Notes
  • Ring (Finger #4) – D Note
  • Middle (Finger #3) – E Note
  • Index (Finger #2) – F Note
  • Thumb (Finger #1) – G Note

The rest of the process is the same as the right hand. Play it up and down 3 times, ending again on the C.

If you can read piano sheet music (I’ll have a page on this site explaining how soon!!) then here’s an image that kind of describes how to play it. If you can’t, just watch the video above.

Piano Finger ExercisesFinger Exercises for Piano – #2

So the second piano finger exercise is very similar to the first one, except this time instead of going up and down the first 5 notes of the C Major Scale, we’re going to play the two notes adjacent to each other.

These are the notes – C, D, E, F, G

So we’ll alternate notes that are beside each other, playing C and D a few times, D and E a few times, E and F a few times and so on.

Use the same piano finger positions as the first exercise here.

This is what you’ll play on both hands going up the scale (to the right):

  • Thumb + Index Finger – C, D, C, D, C, D, C, D –>
  • Index + Middle Finger- E, D, E, D, E, D, E, D –>
  • Middle + Ring Finger – E, F, E, F, E, F, E, F –>
  • Ring + Pinky Finger – G, F, G, F, G, F, G, F –>

And then back downwards (to the left) using a similar idea:

  • Middle + Ring Finger – E, F, E, F, E, F, E, F –>
  • Index + Middle Finger- E, D, E, D, E, D, E, D –>
  • Thumb + Index Finger – C, D, C, D, C, D, C, D –>
  • End on the C Note with your thumb

That’s a pretty complicated way of putting it, so I’d really suggest watching the video above. It’s much easier to visually see than to read.

Unfortunately I don’t have a picture to show you of sheet music, but if I find one or can make one I will post it up.

So that’s it for now. Those are the only two piano exercises I’m doing right now. I will eventually learn more beginner and intermediate piano finger exercises. I already know I’ll learn them using this course.

If you want some more piano finger exercise ideas and strategies that will really help your fingers become independent, stronger, faster and much more agile, I’d suggest checking out this course (I do get compensated if you decide to purchase through my link, at no additional charge) on hanon exercises for piano from HearAndPlay.com.

They make great courses and I’m using their 300 page course to learn the basics that I share with you here. Definitely check it out if you want to move ahead without waiting for me. Once I learn more from their hanon exercises course I’ll share some stuff with you guys, but definitely won’t be able to share all the different exercises – there’s just too many.

So if you want to know all the different ways to improve your overall piano technique then definitely pick up a copy for yourself.

Anyways, that’s it for the beginner piano finger exercises (for now..). I really hope you got something new out of this post. And please keep the comments and questions coming. I love hearing from you. I’ll be back soon with another post!

P.S. If you found this post useful, please share it on twitter, facebook or anywhere else! I’d really appreciate it.

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Metronome For Piano – How To Practice Keeping Time

January 3, 2013
Practice Keeping Time

Hey fam, So I’ve been practicing the F-Major Scale the last few days and I think I’m getting good at it. I’ve memorized the Nashville Number System for the scale (it wasn’t that hard – I’ve got a good method for this I’ll post about soon.) and I’ve been getting good with the finger positions. But [...]

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F Major Scale on the Piano – But Let’s Keep It Real… #NoPractice

December 20, 2012
F Major Scale - Piano

First Things First OK. So first of all. I want to apologize very very much to anyone that has read this blog – I know I haven’t posted in a month and a half… And you damn well know I wasn’t practicing, either. To be honest, I got really caught up with life. I’m just [...]

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Moving Onto The Next Piano Scale – And It’s Not “D”

November 5, 2012
Circle of Fifths

So it’s almost time to move on to the next scale. I’ve already memorized and practiced the C major piano scale, and I’ve also memorized the Nashville number system for that scale. So now I’m almost ready to move on to the next scale I want to learn/memorize. Quick Recap of Where We’re At If [...]

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The Nashville Number System – Playing Piano By Numbers?

October 25, 2012

Wussup everyone, So I’m almost done practicing the C Major Piano Scale – I’ve been memorizing the piano fingering technique and just constantly playing the C Major Scale over and over again. But before I stop practicing there’s one thing I want to do. The Nashville Number System is an important concept to understand because [...]

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What I’m Doing To Practice and Memorize Piano Scales

October 20, 2012
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Wussup, So yesterday I blogged about memorizing the c major scale and it’s piano fingering technique. So this morning I was practicing that technique and I realized that you may have a different technique of practicing than me, or you might not know how you should be practicing the scales. So I’m going to let [...]

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The C Major Scale – Piano Finger Placement and Day 1 of Practice

October 19, 2012
C Major Scale

Wussup everybody, I know its been a couple weeks now since my last post, so lemme start by saying sorry for anyone out there who has read the first post and was waiting on a second one (probably not many since I just started this site, but what the hell..). I was on vacation the [...]

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Ok – Let’s get to it. My Lesson #1 – Piano Fingering Placement Chart

October 3, 2012
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Ok.. So first post.. If you don’t know, I’ve been playing piano for a while. I know my way around the keys, know some chords, know of music theory, scales, modes, etc. But don’t ask me to sit down and bust out a sick piano solo. But I want that to change. And I got [...]

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