Yes, the keyboard is very much like the piano except you may have access to many sounds and can use headphones for quiet practise. A keboard can be relatively inexpensive relative to many instruments.
The Notes - Easier than you might think!!
Find 'C' on the keyboard. Play 'C' and each white key until you come across the next 'C'. Now the pattern looks exactly the same but is a different pitch!
You won't need a cardboard template to show you where the notes are, just watch the video and you will pick it up easily! If you can watch it near a keyboard or piano then do so and practise while you watch. After this we can look at chords and then songs, woohoo!
Chords G, C and D
These three chords are quick to learn but will take practise. It is best to practise often even if in short bursts, say 10 minutes a day. If you put more in you will get more out! Once we start playing songs you will want to play more often. Here's a question, what songs would YOU like to learn? Perhaps you should let Mr Salter know and we could be playing the song in class band...
The Blues in G
One of the best places to start playing is with the Blues. You can do it with three chords and there are millions of ways to vary the blues to make it exciting. We are starting with a very simple version; the sheet music is HERE.
Have a look at the enery Eric Clapton injects into his blues 'Before You Accuse Me'.
This chord is really easy and can replace the D chord in the Blues song we have just looked at. It is optional but I like it as it sounds a little more complex and adds a blues or jazz flavour. This means that so far you will have learnt the G, C, D and D7 chords. Well done!!