Monthly Archives: October 2015

Hi and welcome to the final Halloween installment this week, all about the tritone, or as it was often called in the past, “the devil in music”. This is a tone that has offended people for centuries, though our modern ears are much more desensitised to it.

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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 for PianoTV’s Halloween series, we’re going to learn a snippet of a piece with tons of diminished chords – for more information on those, check out the previous video on diminished chords if you don’t know what I’m talking about. This fragment is Beethoven’s Sonata Pathetique introduction – and who cares that we’re not learning the full piece, which is at a very high level? This introduction is suitable for people who have been playing piano regularly for 6 months to a year. The other 20 minutes of the composition can be learned on a later date. 🙂

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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 for PianoTV’s Halloween Week, we’re going to talk about the question “What is a diminished chord?”, especially the diminished 7th, because it’s a very dark, tense, dissonant chord.

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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.

So what is a concerto, anyway? Concertos were a super popular song form back in the day, so I wanted to take a bit of time to delve into what they are, when they were popular, and what to expect if you choose to listen to one (or play one!).

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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 we’re going to work on another piece that’s far beyond our beginner level – well, if we were to do the entire thing, anyway. Like we’ve done before, we’re just going to learn a little snippet – a taste of what’s to come in our virtuosic futures. The piece in question is from Beethoven’s third concerto,
from the very beginning of the second movement ‘largo’.

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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.