Essential music theory knowledge for self-taught piano learners

Self-taught piano learning can be made easier with a solid foundation in music theory knowledge. Here are some essential music theory concepts that every self-taught piano learner should know:
  1. Note names: Knowing the names of the notes on the piano keyboard is essential for playing any piece of music. You should be familiar with both the white and black keys and their corresponding note names.
  2. Intervals: An interval is the distance between two notes. Understanding intervals is important for playing melodies and harmonies. You should be able to identify and play different types of intervals such as major, minor, augmented, and diminished.
  3. Chords: Chords are three or more notes played together. Learning how to form and play different types of chords is essential for accompanying melodies and playing chord progressions.
  4. Scales: Scales are a sequence of notes played in a specific order. Knowing how to play major and minor scales will help you understand music better and improve your finger dexterity.
  5. Rhythm: Rhythm is the element of music that gives it a sense of time and motion. Learning how to read and play different rhythms is essential for playing music accurately and with feeling.
By mastering these basic music theory concepts, you’ll be well on your way to becoming a proficient self-taught piano player.