In today’s episode of PianoTV, I sat my baby down at the piano to play us a masterpiece. She smashed some keys – a very abstract melody – and I went ahead and penned the notes down, adding my own twist.

We’ll start this video with my baby’s playing, and then jump right into my arrangement of those virtuosic notes.

If you’re interested in the sheet music for this tune, you can download it on the blog for free:

“Before the Morning Nap” sheet music download

About my baby’s composition

I gave it the very original title of “Before the Morning Nap”, because that’s when she smashed the keys.

I kept things simple – this would be playable for anyone around a grade 2 level and even earlier. It’s mostly simple chords and a repeated melody. If I were teaching this piece, I would encourage my students to pinpoint the various chords and look at the simple structure to decode it a little.

But we’re going to keep things short and sweet today – a fun and quick video. Let’s jump into it!

Conclusion

I will say it was a lot of fun collaborating with my baby for this video. You can tell she gets a little melancholic and introspective just before her naps. She doesn’t relish her naps – it’s more of a necessary evil. I think she really conveyed that well in her melody.

I hope you enjoyed this video as well, and maybe we’ll write another tune sometime together in the future.

Xo,

Allysia

Recently we did a performer spotlight video on Glenn Gould, who is legendary when it comes to recordings of Bach – but unfortunately, he’s been dead quite a while.

I thought it would be fun to spotlight a performer who is alive and well, and who got her start on YouTube – Valentina Lisitsa.

We’re going to discuss her background, her journey as a musician, playing style and recordings, as well as some controversy. Let’s get into it!

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Since it’s currently summertime, I wanted to take this opportunity to delve into The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, specifically the “summer” movement.

This is a Baroque-era concerto in a set of four concerto, each with its own season/theme: spring, summer, autumn and winter.

This will be a long-running series – each season I am going to examine the corresponding concerto, finishing with Spring next year, the most famous of the set of concertos. Today we’ll be specifically talking about the genre “program music” and how “Summer” demonstrates it.

Let’s get started!

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In today’s episode of PianoTV, I’ll walk you through 5 beginner exercises for playing with a metronome. There is a free printable PDF with all of these exercises, and I encourage you to download it and play along!

I wanted to create a really simple starting point for students in the first 6 months to 1-2 years of lessons who want to learn how to use the metronome properly.

If you’re not sure whether or not you use the metronome properly, you probably aren’t. There’s a learning curve with this, and many of my students have a hard time with this. That’s why I designed this set of exercises.

We’re going to hop to the keyboard for this video. What I’ll do is play through each exercise so you can follow along, and then talk about the challenges involved, and some tips and tricks.

Let’s get started!

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