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I just wanted to pop in with a quick video/post about doing a 30 day piano practice challenge. This was an idea that occurred to me while on vacation, and I’ve been excited to get going with it!

Since I’ve been gone nearly a month, I just wanted to thank you for your patience with emails and comments – now that I’m back, I’ll have a chance to read and reply.

My vacation was excellent and relaxing, but now I’m ready to get back into the swing of things with teaching and practicing. It was a nice break, but I’m very eager to practice again.

But summer is a tough time for piano practice. Most of us are busy with family events and camping and traveling and enjoying the good weather. It’s sometimes hard to sit inside and continue committing to the piano.

Because I’ll be just as busy as anyone over the summer, I felt like I needed a little extra push to get me playing piano again. Maybe you feel the same way! If so, I really hope you’ll join me on my 30 day piano practice challenge!

Piano practice challenge

Here’s how it’ll work.

First of all, I’ll be using Twitterfor this challenge.

I’ll be posting a little snippet of what I’m practicing on Twitter, with the hashtag #30daysofpiano. My goal is to do this every single day! It’s really easy to post simple cell phone videos to Twitter, so that’s what I’ll be doing.

I’m not in hardcore practice mode right now, so my goal is an hour a day. Your daily goal could be more or less. Just make sure that you get to the piano every day!

So today is Tuesday, June 26 – which means I’ll be doing this every day between now and August 24. This is going to be difficult and challenging – I almost changed my mind about doing this video and challenge – because I’ll be out of town almost every weekend. But then I remembered that I have a portable keyboard, so come rain or shine, I’m committed to these 30 days.

So I’d love if you play along with me – It’ll help give me some extra motivation if I’m not the only one committed to this challenge, especially with the busyness of summer. I also hope that it would be very motivating and helpful for you as well!

Step by step instructions

So what I want you to do is:

Step 1: Go to Twitter
Step 2: Post a video (however short or long you prefer) of your daily practice
Step 3: Use the hashtag #30daysofpiano so we can all see everyone else’s progress
Step 4: World domination

Hopefully there will be at least a few of us who do this, I think it’ll be fun! And even if there’s literally only one of you out there who wants to do this challenge with me, I think it’ll still be super fun. Let’s be friends and get better at piano!

Let’s make friends!

Also I’d love it if you share this piano practice challenge around, just so we can get more people involved.

Even if you’re going to be out of town a lot like me, and you don’t have a portable keyboard, I say still participate! Maybe you can compensate the practice with some other learning activity. Maybe you can do theory worksheets, or read music (without actually playing music), do ear exercises on a site like Teoria, or whatever. Even without a keyboard there are ways to practice! I actually think it would be really neat to see what you guys would come up with for piano practice ideas without actually having access to a piano.

Anyway, let us commence our practice!

Hope you’ve been having a great summer so far. :)

xo,
Allysia

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Hello friends, and welcome to another episode of PianoTV. Today we’re back with another analysis for casual music fans: an analysis of Canon in D, the ever-famous wedding song. We’re going to talk about the history of the piece, listen through some of the song and talk about theory.

It won’t be anything too heavy and theory-intense, though, so even if your understanding of music is rudimentary, you should still be able to make sense of this.

If you missed the first analysis video of Clair de Lune, definitely check it out – it was a ton of fun to make!

Also, I recently wrote a beginner-ish tutorial for Canon in D with a PDF of the sheet music, so you can check out that video if you’re interested.

Let’s get started!
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Today’s video covers the ABRSM’s grade 2 piano technique requirements. This includes scales and triads, solid and broken. I’ll be playing with the metronome in this video at the MINIMUM required speeds (feel free to go a little faster), and will label each technique on the screen as I play them.
I’ve also done the RCM equivalent of this video, which you can check out here.

For more information on these technical exercises, check out the ABRSM grade 2 syllabus.
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In today’s video, I wanted to talk about how you can learn to play with a metronome. I also want to talk about why you would use a metronome in the first place, how much to use it, and if it makes a difference in your playing at all.

Today’s video is actually a request, so I’ll do the best I can with this question and hopefully it helps you guys out. Also, if you have any other video requests, or questions you want answered, feel free to leave it in the comments below. I have a running list of requests, and while I might not necessarily answer them quickly, I always put them on the list, and bring them up when I can.

Also just a quick reminder that I pre-recorded this video and am currently on vacation, so I won’t be able to answer your comments immediately. I look forward to reading them when I get back!
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In today’s episode, we’re going to do a Canon in D piano tutorial, also known as That Wedding Song. It’s one of those classical pieces that almost everyone knows, but a lot of people don’t know much about this tune other than that it’s used at weddings a lot.

So what we’re going to do in today’s episode is talk about the history of this piece, I’ll play through the arrangement (sheet music is linked below), and then we’ll talk about little theory things and interpretation ideas.

Let’s get started!
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