Monthly Archives: June 2015

 

 

Hi, and welcome to the first “scale only” video – we’ve learned C major scale and G major scale already, but as part of a larger video.  Today I want to hone in on F major scale, because the finger pattern is a little different in the right hand, and takes a little extra practice (for some).

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Allysia has been teaching piano in Canada for nearly a decade, and has her Grade 10 RCM certificate. She especially enjoys nerding out to music history and theory. When she’s not making videos or teaching, she’s reading, writing, and jamming in a rock band.

 

 

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Chord theory is something I often teach to adult beginners in the early days – even if you don’t have much experience, having a good understanding of chords and chord theory can make learning all kinds of pop songs easier (like when you look up chords to some tune on the radio).  But it can also make learning classical music easier as well – most post-baroque pieces use chords or chord progressions in one form or another.

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Allysia has been teaching piano in Canada for nearly a decade, and has her Grade 10 RCM certificate. She especially enjoys nerding out to music history and theory. When she’s not making videos or teaching, she’s reading, writing, and jamming in a rock band.

 

 

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This is such a pretty little piece, meant to conjure up images of a Moroccan sunrise…though the actual scene this song is from, from Peer Gynt, is quite comical.  Grieg is a fun composer, and though most of his piano works are beyond our reach (for now), it’s still nice to get acquainted with the guy.

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Allysia has been teaching piano in Canada for nearly a decade, and has her Grade 10 RCM certificate. She especially enjoys nerding out to music history and theory. When she’s not making videos or teaching, she’s reading, writing, and jamming in a rock band.

Today’s video welcomes piano students of all levels!

This is a simple little assignment I give to all of my students – doesn’t matter if they’re six years old and just started, are working on their RCM grade 8 exam, or anything in between.

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Allysia has been teaching piano in Canada for nearly a decade, and has her Grade 10 RCM certificate. She especially enjoys nerding out to music history and theory. When she’s not making videos or teaching, she’s reading, writing, and jamming in a rock band.

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As you can see from the thumbnail, I clearly enjoy the damper pedal.  The damper pedal is one of three foot pedals seen on a piano – the one on the right.  For those of you with electronic keyboards, it’s usually the only pedal that comes with it, as the other two pedals are used infrequently.  It’s lots of fun and adds “blurriness” to pieces, evoking more moods and adding more expressive possibilities.

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Allysia has been teaching piano in Canada for nearly a decade, and has her Grade 10 RCM certificate. She especially enjoys nerding out to music history and theory. When she’s not making videos or teaching, she’s reading, writing, and jamming in a rock band.