Archive for December 2015

RCM: Grade 1 Piano Technique Requirements

Today’s video covers the RCM’s grade 1 piano technique requirements. This includes scales and triads, solid and broken. I’ll be playing with the metronome in this video at the MINIMUM required speeds (feel free to go a little faster), and will label each technique on the screen as I play them.

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God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen Sheet Music: Two Ways

Today is the final installment of our Christmas sheet music blog series, and we’re ending with a bang. I really like God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman because it’s got this intensity that many Christmas songs don’t have, and that can be fun. It’s got some drive and oomph.

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Q+A: What is musical phrasing?

Recently, a couple people have asked questions about musical phrasing, so I figured it’d be a good idea to do a quick Q+A on the topic. As always, feel free to leave any questions in the comments and I’ll try to answer them as best as I can!

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Deck the Halls Sheet Music: Two Versions

To continue our Christmas music party that was kicked off with Away in a Manger, today we’ll look at Deck the Halls sheet music, again in two versions – a simplified treble/chords version, and a fully-arranged version. Sheet music is linked below. Enjoy!

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Baroque Keyboard Music: Basics of the Style

Today I wanted to do a video on Baroque keyboard music, because it’s very distinct and far-removed from modern styles of playing piano, and students often find it the most difficult style because it’s so foreign.

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Away in a Manger Sheet Music: 2 Versions

Now that we’ve hit December, it’s time to start rolling out the Christmas music! I love Christmas music, and this is one of my favorite parts of the teaching year. Somehow I haven’t gotten sick of Jingle Bells through all these years of teaching because I just get so excited. Today’s video is Away in…

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How to play chords: 7th chord, Major 7th and Minor 7th

To expand on a previous video on major and minor chords, today we’re also going to look at how to play chords – the various 7th chords. These are very common in music of all kinds, whether you’re printing off some pop from the internet, or reading through Beethoven – so let’s jump into it!

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What is a Cadence? The Basics

What is a cadence? It’s defined as “a melodic or harmonic configuration that creates a sense of resolution”. They’re composed of at least 2 notes or chords, and are extremely common in music from the Baroque and Classical eras (but still show up in pop music!). In today’s video and blog post, we’re going to…

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