Archive for September 2015

More on Rhythm: 16th Notes

Hello! Today’s episode is all about sixteenth notes – how to play them, how to count them, and some examples. This is a faster, more complex type of rhythm and definitely worth mastering – especially with how frequently they appear not only in beginner music, but intermediate and advanced as well.

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How to play A Major Scale

  Howdy! Next in our beginner scales series is A major scale. This one has three sharps, so there’s a little more to watch out for – but the finger pattern is simple (just like C major scale and some of the other basic ones).

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Canadian Boat Song: Beginner Piano

  Hello! In today’s video, we look at my heritage (not that I have specific boating heritage, being from the dry Canadian prairies and all) with this awesome but not oft-played tune. Consider it a lesson in culture! 🙂

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How to Get Ready for Your First Piano Recital

Today we have a guest post from Suzy at TakeLessons.com, all about how to prep for your first piano recital. I made sure to pass this information along to students in my studio, and thought you guys would find this information beneficial as well! -xo, Allysia

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The Two Note Slur: Beginner Piano (Bartok – First Term at the Piano)

[embedyt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GONtdw_kfUU[/embedyt] Hello friends! Today we’re going to look at a common piano technique, namely the two note slur. There’s a technique involved in executing the two-note slur (beyond just playing it smoothly), which is definitely worth having in your bag of tricks. The piece used today is from Bela Bartok’s collection “The First Term at…

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How to Organize Your Piano Practice Time

[embedyt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NLlXSX0-iOI[/embedyt] Hi folks! Today’s Q&A is all about piano practice time – that big, loaded topic that sometimes we love and sometimes we hate – but we all need to do. At the piano, I do best when I’m organized and have a plan in front of me of what my practice session is going…

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D minor scale – Natural and Harmonic

[embedyt]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lHIOTw4MB3U[/embedyt] Howdy! Today’s quick video is on D natural minor/harmonic minor scale. In this video, we’ll look at the 1-octave version of the scale, just to get a feel for it and the key signature. Enjoy!

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Tutorial: Mozart’s Fantasia in D minor, K397 – Intro

Hello! Today’s piece is something a little bit different – often I make sheet music arrangements for popular songs, simplifying them for beginners. But sometimes it’s nice to learn a piece in its pure, unadultered form. Few masterful compositions can be played by beginners, but some have simpler parts. Who says you have to learn the…

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How to Read Triplets: more on rhythm

  Hi folks! Today’s episode talks about the rhythmic anomaly called a “triplet” – basically, three notes that must occur in the space of two notes. Learning how to read triplets will diversify your rhythmic palette, and who doesn’t want that?

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How to play E minor scale: Natural and Harmonic

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnmyeJlY6G4[/embedyt] Hello folks! Just a quick video today on playing E minor scale in a couple different versions (natural minor and harmonic minor). In the video, I discuss the scale and all the technical details, then play each through twice – once at a moderate tempo, and once fast. Enjoy!

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