Monthly Archives: February 2016

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Hi all, and welcome to another episode of PianoTV!

In today’s episode, I decided to swing in a completely different direction. I thought I’d lighten the mood by putting together 15 piano player problems that most of us go through. At least, these are the ones I constantly go through!

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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 we’re going to be learning a short piece by Muzio Clementi. It’s really more of a technical exercise, like scales and triads, but a little more interesting in my opinion.

It’s also a fast finger exercise, so we’ll be referencing the video on “how to speed up a piece” from last week quite a bit, to take those concepts and practice applying them.

And as always, the PDF for this music can be found linked below. Let’s jump 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.

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Today’s video is going to be the top 5 Bach pieces in TV & movies. This is entirely based on my own opinion. I haven’t done a “top 5” or “top 10” before on this channel, but it sounded like fun so I wanted to give it a try.

We’ll count down from #5 to #1. All of the choices are not only awesome movies and shows, but they actually spotlight a Bach piece in some way. No quiet background music here!

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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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Hi, and welcome to PianoTV!

Today I wanted to discuss something that many people – including myself – find to be a difficult and confusing topic. That topic is how to speed up a piece on piano.

Playing quickly is one of the most difficult things to do on the piano, even with “easy” songs. Some people have a hard time getting out of slow-playing limbo, and others can move their fingers fast but lose clarity and detail while doing so.

What I want to do today is talk about some possible solutions to speeding up a piece. My hope is that you find at least one thing from this video/blog post that you can take to your practice bench, and start playing with immediately.

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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 the ABRSM’s grade 1 piano technique requirements. This includes scales and triads. I’ll be playing with the metronome in this video slightly above the minimum required speeds (feel free to go a little faster), and will label each technique on the screen as I play them.

If you’re into the RCM instead of the ABRSM, definitely check out this video on grade 1 piano technique.

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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.