I’ve investigated several of the greatest online piano classes available here on Piano Dreamers. While these online techniques are a fraction of the cost of traditional in-person classes, they still demand a financial commitment, which may deter budget-conscious first-time pianists.
That’s why I’ve compiled this collection of free piano resources to help beginners get started with the instrument without having to break the bank.
Free lessons have disadvantages when compared to paid alternatives, whether online or in person. Less organisation, a lack of teacher support, and fewer opportunities are among them.
The resources in this list were chosen because they manage to avoid some of these flaws, but we must remember that a $0 price tag demands some compromise on our part.
Regardless of whether you’re seeking for a primary learning technique or something to supplement the weaker aspects of your current piano course, these free piano resources are well worth investigating. Let’s get started!
CHANNELS ON YOUTUBE
YouTube is a great place to start for free piano lessons, but be careful not to fall into the trap of learning songs by emulating them rather than developing any real musical skills or knowledge.
Short video lessons from channels like the two below provide strong piano knowledge.
ACADEMY OF CREATIVE PIANO
Josef Sykora’s channel offers over 100 video lessons, starting with introductory topics and progressing to intermediate methods. The videos are categorised into playlists with titles such as “New Here?” Check out “Left Hand Piano – Videos to Improve Your Left Hand” and “Left Hand Piano – Videos to Improve Your Left Hand”.
The playlists provide some structure so that students know where to begin and what they should be practising.
Like many paid online methods, the video tutorials have a high production value, including overhead keyboard views, displaying staff, and highlighted keys. Josef teaches in a clear, pleasant manner, and the feedback has been extremely favourable.
Pedaling, rhythm exercises, adding emotion, finger exercises, and scales are only a few of the themes covered in the lessons. However, with the goal of playing popular music, the overall focus is on chords and improvisation.
Josef demonstrates chording, melodic pattern creation, harmonising, and other techniques. All of the song samples are piano-only, unlike other chord-focused classes I’ve encountered where it’s believed that you’ll want to accompany yourself while singing the melody.
Josef has prepared free guide sheets to go along with some of the video courses, such as a rhythm exercise sheet and a beginner finger exercise sheet, in addition to the video sessions. Paid courses with more structured lessons and “practise pathways” are also available from Creative Piano Academy.
Adults and teenagers who enjoy playing popular music appear to be the target demographic for this channel.
What’s done correctly: A wide range of engaging lessons, clear instructions, and examples that are enjoyable to listen to and perform are available. The lessons are set up in such a way that pupils can begin playing straight away.
What’s missing: While notes are always visible on the staff during sessions, Creative Piano Academy does not emphasise reading music or theory. There is also no obvious lesson or level advancement, despite the fact that playlists provide some structure.
WEB-BASED PIANO LESSONS
Piano Lessons on the Web is a YouTube channel dedicated to teaching beginner pianists helpful tactics and exercises, as well as compositions and music theory.
Tim teaches the classes, and he does a fantastic job at teaching subjects in a straightforward manner.
There are hundreds of videos on this channel covering everything from posture, rhythms, and finger dexterity to troubleshooting, pop chords, and ear training.
To help students proceed logically, the first beginner lectures are organised into playlists, and Tim takes it a step further by splitting the playlists into three levels. The lessons, however, have not been put into any type of order other than the order in which they were posted following this stage.
In contrast to Creative Piano Academy, the classes emphasise reading music, theory, and technique. They don’t have you playing in the first few videos, but they do make sure you have a strong theoretical basis and can study pieces from sheet music.
This may explain why there are fewer lessons on Piano Lessons on the Web that teach a single song – it’s assumed that you’ll be performing pieces from external sheet music.
This channel is a wonderful place to start if you enjoy classical music or want to learn how to read music. Adults and teenagers are the best candidates.
What’s done well: The theory, reading music, and technical courses are thorough and comprehensive.
What’s missing: There aren’t many chord or improvisation lessons, so you’ll have to hunt for additional sheet music.