Building Blocks of Piano

Whether piano is your first instrument, or the next in your arsenal, we'll help you learn how to play songs and improvise from scratch.

135 Minutes
9 Sections

The piano is an orchestra for your fingers — a multi-faceted instrument that allows ultimate creativity, from the simplest of melodies to the most complex concertos. "Building Blocks of Piano" is your one stop shop to learn the fundamentals of piano without sheet music.

You’ll learn to find your way around the keyboard, proper technique and posture, finger numbers, and even a few finger strenthening exercises. Play the C Major scale, simple harmonies, and your first chords, before putting it all together in your own melody.

By the end of this free course, you'll know a bunch of songs, proper technique, boatloads of fun piano facts, and much more. Most importantly, you'll have the basic understanding you need to start your piano journey, whether you're out to become the life of the party, an avid hobbyist, or a piano superstar. The choice is yours!

Ian Temple

Pianist, Composer, Entrepreneur

Ian is a pianist, entrepreneur, and professional musician. He started Soundfly to help people really find what gets them most excited musically and pursue it. He's toured all over the world with his experimental trio Sontag Shogun. Check out his most recent course, Building Blocks of Piano, or follow him on Twitter at @ianrtemple.

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Course Outline

  1. Section 1


  2. Section 2

    Learning by Ear

  3. Section 3

    The Keyboard

  4. Section 4


  5. Section 5

    Songs and Review

  6. Section 6

    C Major Scale

  7. Section 7

    Simple Harmonies

  8. Section 8

    Your First Chords

  9. Section 9

    Putting It All Together


Who is this course for?

This course is for anyone who would like to learn piano from scratch. You don't need any prior knowledge going into this, and you don't need to know how to read music. Additionally, it could have some good tips for producers or multi-instrumentalists wanting to understand the piano in a deeper way. 

What are the requirements?

There are no requirements, but you will need to have access to a piano or keyboard in order to practice. Check out our keyboard buyer's guide if you're interested in learning more about the options.

How long does it take? 

While this course will only take a couple hours to get through end-to-end, it will take a lot longer if you plan to practice each of the concepts discussed. And as with any instrument, practice is a necessary component of success. 

What can I expect to get from this course?

By the end of this course, you will be comfortable sitting down at a piano and playing something without sheet music. That's our guarantee!