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Playing the piano is awesome. It’s so much fun and a lot of people find it impressive.

But what if you want to play the piano without having to go through all that hard work of actually learning how to play?

Well, I’m here to show you how to fake being awesome at the piano. You’ll play something beautiful, your friends will be impressed and you won’t really have to learn a thing!

Now, a disclaimer, it is my hope that you’ll have so much fun trying out this tip and realize how wonderful the piano is that you’ll actually want to learn! But even if that’s not the case, you can play something really nice in just a few minutes, even if you’ve never touched the keys before.

Finding C

The first step is to locate our starting note. We’re going to make things easy and start on C. Now you can find C by looking for the groups of two black keys. C is the note that is just to the left of them.

Easy, right? And every single note up and down the piano keyboard that is to the left of those two black keys is C. They are just different pitches.

The Right Hand Shape

Now that we have our starting note, we’ll put our thumb on C and count up five white keys. That’s where we will put our pinkie. As you can see, the pinkie will be on the G note (but you don’t need to know that).

We’ll play those two notes together with our right hand. And that’s it. We don’t have to do anything else with the right hand. 

The Left Hand

So let’s move to the left hand. All we are going to do is play ANY white key on the piano.

That’s it.

Seriously.

Just play any white key while you’re playing those two notes with your right hand. Experiment to see what sounds nice to you!

If you want to make it sound a bit ‘fuller’ and more impressive, try playing the same note in two different positions at the same time. So if you’re playing a C with your left thumb, play the C that is below it with your pinky. That’s called an octave.

Getting Fancy

If this is all well and good, and you want to sound even more awesome, we can try one more thing with our left hand.

Play a note with your pinky, then count up five notes and play that with your index finger, then play the same note that you started on — but higher up. 

So if you were starting on C, your next note would be a G, then you would play the C on the top.

Sounds awesome right?

And that’s it! You’re a piano maestro!

Well, not really, but at least you can fake it a little bit. And if you do actually want to learn a bit more about the piano and how to play it, check out our free course: Getting Started On The Piano

And have fun being (fake) awesome!


Lisa Witt

Lisa Witt has been teaching piano for 18 years and in that time has helped hundreds of students learn to play the songs they love. Lisa received classical piano training through the Royal Conservatory of Music, but she has since embraced popular music and playing by ear in order to accompany herself and others.

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