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Archive for January 2016

Play Piano With Me: Tour of a 1 Hour Practice Session

Hello, friends! Today’s video is a 1 hour practice session I recorded the other day. I love talking about piano practice, and I’m always looking for ways to improve. This practice session is completely typical of a light practice day for me. For most beginners, 1 hour of piano practice each day is more than…

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The Best Music of Chopin: 6 Favorites

As a follow-up video to the Life and Times of Chopin, this video discusses the best music of Chopin, in my humble opinion. Here we’ll look at 6 of his very famous pieces, discuss them a little, and hear some audio clips so you can get a sense of his style.

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Waltz in A Minor by Chopin (Simplified) – Piano Tutorial

After our discussion on the life and times of Chopin, I thought we’d learn the Waltz in A minor by Chopin, published posthumously (after death). This composition is originally at an RCM grade 6 level, but I created a simplified arrangement of it for those at around a grade 1 to 2 level. As always,…

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A Brief History of Frederic Chopin

Today’s video is on the history of Frederic Chopin, a Romantic-era composer who wrote a bunch of remarkable music for the piano. We’ll talk about his life, his love, his personality, and in a separate video (coming soon!) we’ll discuss his music in depth. Most piano players aspire to play Chopin’s works, which are generally…

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What is a Waltz? Characteristics of Waltz Music

I wanted to talk about the Waltz, a very famous and slightly modern-ish dance and genre (if you consider the 1800s – 1900s modern). We’ll talk about some of the characteristics of waltz music, and listen to famous examples on both the piano and orchestra. My hope is that this will give you a deeper…

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PianoTV Q&A: Meet the Editor

Hi all, and welcome to today’s episode of PianoTV! In this episode, we switch things up a little to bring you an interview with the editor. It’s silly, it’s ridiculous, it’s filled with cats (or rather, cat). I hope you enjoy this informal Q&A, where I ask questions like “How do you make the video…

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