Monthly Archives: August 2016


It’s been a while since we talked about chords, so today we’ll hop onto the piano and have a little bit of playtime.

We’re going to talk about the three chords to know on piano – or any instrument, really. These aren’t just chords that I think are important. These are the most common chords whether you’re looking at Classical or pop music.

And obviously there are many, many more chords than three, but if you find the topic of chords a little confusing, knowing these three should be a good starting point.
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In today’s video, we’re going to jump over to the piano and have a bit of playtime. We’ll be talking about pretty basic piano finger exercises that are easy to learn but sometimes difficult to execute.

I had a request to talk about piano finger exercises for beginners, so I wanted to share the main thing I teach my beginning students: pentascales, or 5-finger scales.

I love teaching these because not only are they a great warm-up, they’re easier than full scales and you learn some music theory while you’re at it – without even really trying to.

This video is also going to be a launching pad for the next video, which is chord-related. If you have a good understanding of the different pentascales, figuring out chords becomes a lot easier as well. Just a heads up!
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