A month ago I made a post about some useful sites to learn to play an instrument. Today I bring you some more. It´s incredible how many people told me that they wanted to learn to play some instrument but didn´t have the money or time to take lessons with a teacher or assist to an university or a formal school. So, I´m glad this posts are helpful.
We know that the piano is one of the most beautiful instruments to listen, but one of the most complex to learn. With this site, the task becomes much simpler, because it is very full and has clear concepts. In total, there are 50 lessons for beginning students, intermediate and advanced. Each level is divided into sections that allow you to learn songs, chords, music theory, improvisation and technique.
Most classes are accompanied with Flash animations and videos, which helps a lot to better understand the concepts. In addition, there is a virtual piano where you can practice playing from the computer keyboard and various tools to train the ear in terms of intervals, notes, scales and chords. A good tip for intermediate students to supplement lessons with Plern Zebra Keys Piano, http://www.plernpiano.com, a great web application that allows you to import MIDI format songs to learn to play. The issue is reproduced in graphic form on screen, with a scheme that allows you to see what keys to press and duration of each note.
If you want to learn to read and write scores, this is the place to start. A super simple training site divided into three sections: "Lessons", there are animated explanations of staves, clefs, metronome, rhythms, scales and more. In "Exercises ", you can practice identifying notes, keys, intervals and chords, both in writing and by ear. Finally, under "Tools", a whole set of elements such as a calculator to measure intervals or notes and to create online piano melodies.
This guy has over 450 lessons FOR FREE. Most of them are recorded and you can see them on his YouTube channel. The lessons go from the very begining to really advanced ones. It also includes advices and tips to play different styles, from Rock to Jazz. You will also find lessons covering songwriting.
The variety is so wide that almost everyone can find something useful here. I strongly recommend this site.