Monthly Archives: July 2015

 

 

Hello!

I am very excited today, because we’re going to work on a snippet of that piece you’ve always wanted to learn on piano – how to play Fur Elise!  Now, this isn’t the full version, as it’s quite difficult (at a Grade 7 level, in fact), but the first page is doable for a relative beginner, so why wait? Definitely check out the full version below, though, if you’ve never heard past the famous first two minutes of the piece!

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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.

 

 

 

Hey folks!

Today is a short and sweet video on how to play A natural minor scale.  It’s nice and simple, and for now we’re working on just one octave, hands separate – what’s REALLY important is that you start getting acquainted with all the different key signatures, both major and minor, in order to understand your pieces better.

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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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Today’s video covers some important music theory information – when you’re learning a piece, how do you know what key it’s in? There are two types of keys – major and minor keys. We’ll talk about how to find a major key’s doppelganger (minor twin), and how to analyze a piece to determine what key it’s in.  Nothing too heavy, just good ol’ fashioned theory fun.

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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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Harmonic minor scales are definitely my favorite type of scale – the harmonic minor scale.  I mean, major scales are nice and all, but there’s something so spicy and mysterious about harmonic minors, and it has everything to do with that raised 7th!  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, definitely check out today’s video – hooray for music theory!

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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.

 

 

Hello!

Today I’m very excited to share with you an arrangement of ‘Land of the Silver Birch’, because it’s a Canadian folk song, and I’m Canadian and thus biased, and it’s just overall a good tune.  It’s the first piece we’ve learned on this site in a minor key – in the next video, we’ll talk more details about that.

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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.