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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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 a Manger sheet music, with 2 versions. One is just right hand and chords – this could be called the simple version. I would also like to call it the improv version, since it gives you room to invent your own LH part while using the chords as a template. The second version is a full piano version – it’s a little more challenging, with a lot of movement in the left hand and voicing in the right.
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!
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 talk about what a cadence is, how to spot them, and some of the different types of cadences with examples.