Small hands have never stopped anyone from playing the piano well. And if they did it was due to a misunderstanding. Maybe there are some exception where someone really has abnormally small hands, but this is an exception then.
One of the best pianists of the twentieth century had hands that are considered very small among pianists – he basically had a maximum of an octave and with great effort a ninth. Still he was able to play all the pieces and overcome tremendous technical obstacles with ease. The name of this particular pianist is Emil Gilels.
Why do I know his hand range as a fact is that one of my piano teachers was his student and told me that when I asked about Emil Gilels.
So do not worry about your hand range. This is not something that is going to stop you. And for the musical material which is out of your hand range there are several ways to find decent solutions.
Hope it encouraged you. If you have any questions, thoughts, ideas please contact me without hesitation. And to get practical proof that your hands are fit enough for playing piano, you can also join the free one month piano course.
Bass clef marks the lower section on the keyboard. Bass clef is centered around the fourth line of the staff. It shows that the F3 is on the fourth line of the staff. Usually the lower staff of piano music is written in bass clef.
Piano keyboard (or the pitch range used in music) is too wide for one single staff. We need a lot bigger area. And to link a single staff with a certain sound frequency zone, clef is used. This is why we need clefs briefly.
For joining the adult beginner piano course and being a success with it you will need a piano (digital or acoustic), a screen where to watch piano teaching videos from and internet access. This is the minimum requirement for effective learning.
Most students also regularly send me videos of their playing to get personal feedback on their piano playing. For your own recordings you need at least a webcam or camcorder.
I like playing from note sheets that are on real paper because I can write down and make notes on the note sheet. As there are some exercises during the course where you should make notes in the note sheet having access to printing would be great.
Also a notebook for writing down your ideas that come into your mind while learning is suggested. I have experienced forgetting very valuable information several times. Sometimes I have forgotten even things that seem to be very elementary and obvious and unforgettable. But still in a few months they are gone. So I really suggest having a notebook where you regularly write down new good ideas and bits of information. Later you can just repeat over and refresh what you have learned. It is very efficient.
I would also suggest something for planning your learning schedule. Today many electronic calendars are available or maybe you like the old school real one. I like the real ones too.
All other materials including note sheets for printing out, video lessons, links to various different materials etc. will be provided by the piano course for adult beginners.
For the conclusion I will give you a short list of things you will need:
1) Piano (digital or acoustic)
2) A screen (desktop computer, tablet, laptop)
3) Internet access
4) Webcam or camcorder for recording your playing (if you want personal feedback)
5) Access to printing
6) Notebook, musical notebook and a pen
The piano has got 52 white keys. When writing music or sightreading, we probably need to use most (or all) of these keys. How is it possible, to put 52 notes on a staff, when we only have five lines and four spaces? And here is the place where we ask, what are ledger lines.
In todays piano teaching methodology the ability to sight-read is not among the first skills one has to acquire. Sight-reading is already a very complex thing and when you sight-read it means that while sight-reading you have to simultaneously play the piano too. So it expects the ability to play the piano plus the ability to sight-read.
These two together are a huge task for anyone. Therefore it is not good to start everything at the same time. It is way easier to learn when it is possible to concentrate on one thing at a time, then master it and take a next task for learning.
Because of these reasons a pre-sight-reading period is usually what helps and adult beginner pianist to get good piano playing skills. Then you can solely concentrate on building a strong basis for you piano technique and playing abilities. When you feel confident about your basic piano playing skills, it is possible to learn sight-reading much more efficiently. So being not able to sight-read is not an obstacle to start with the piano course.
If you are able to sight-read and you join the free online piano course – it will not disturb you at all because in the course for adult beginners, building up your efficient piano technique is the first thing to do and it is done without a need to sight-read.
Hope it reinforced your confidence and gave some insight.
The first month of the Beginner Classical Piano course is a free complete course that provides learners with a package of high quality basic skills for a beginner pianist. Everything is explained in detail and based on proven scientific theories and approved teaching methods. Give it a try to prove it works for you, and get all the basic knowledge for free. Accomplishing the free course enables to continue studies in the follow-up course.