Archive for October 2015

The Devil in Music (AKA the Tritone)

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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Beethoven’s Sonata Pathetique introduction (beginner piano)

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…

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What is a diminished Chord? Beginner Piano

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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What is a Concerto? 4 Famous Examples

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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Beethoven’s Third Concerto: Largo (Intro) – Beginner’s Guide

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…

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How to Play “Portato” on Piano

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCj2rjfd4Tc[/embedyt] In today’s video, we discuss the portato – which is sort of like legato, sort of like staccato, and sort of rhymes with potato. And just for reference’s sake, it’s pronounced “por-TAH-to”.

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How to play E major scale on Piano

Hello! Today’s video is on the E major scale and how to play it. This scale is only one octave, so suited to beginners. As always, you can find the sheet music from the video below.

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How dotted notes work, part 2

Hey there! Today’s video is the second part of our short two-part series on dotted notes. If you missed the first video, you can check it out here: How dotted notes work, part 1. This video addresses the more difficult dots – the dotted eighth, and dotted 16th notes. Enjoy!

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How dotted notes work, part 1

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_8DLFPcrjk0[/embedyt] Hello! Welcome to the first part of a two-parter on how to read dotted notes in music. Today’s video focuses on the simpler dots (dotted whole note, half note and quarter note), while the next video tackles the smaller, more difficult dots (dotted eighth and sixteenth notes). Enjoy!

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Ritardando and A Tempo

Howdy! Today’s video is a quick one on two Italian music terms – ritardando, and a tempo. We talk about what they mean and how to play them, with some examples thrown in there for good measure.

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