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Archive for February 2016

15 Piano Player Problems

Hi all, and welcome to another episode of PianoTV! In today’s episode, I decided to swing in a completely different direction. I thought I’d lighten the mood by putting together 15 piano player problems that most of us go through. At least, these are the ones I constantly go through!

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Fast Finger Practice: Clementi Prelude in E Minor

Today we’re going to be learning a short piece by Muzio Clementi. It’s really more of a technical exercise, like scales and triads, but a little more interesting in my opinion. It’s also a fast finger exercise, so we’ll be referencing the video on “how to speed up a piece” from last week quite a…

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Top 5 Bach Pieces in TV & Movies

Today’s video is going to be the top 5 Bach pieces in TV & movies. This is entirely based on my own opinion. I haven’t done a “top 5” or “top 10” before on this channel, but it sounded like fun so I wanted to give it a try. We’ll count down from #5 to…

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How to Speed Up a Piece on Piano

Hi, and welcome to PianoTV! Today I wanted to discuss something that many people – including myself – find to be a difficult and confusing topic. That topic is how to speed up a piece on piano. Playing quickly is one of the most difficult things to do on the piano, even with “easy” songs.…

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ABRSM: Grade 1 Piano Technique Requirements

Today’s video covers the ABRSM’s grade 1 piano technique requirements. This includes scales and triads. I’ll be playing with the metronome in this video slightly above the minimum required speeds (feel free to go a little faster), and will label each technique on the screen as I play them. If you’re into the RCM instead…

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Why Transposing is an Essential Piano Skill (And How To Do It)

In today’s video, we’re going to talk about transposing, and why transposing is an essential piano skill. We’ll also talk about how to do it, so you can apply it right away. To accompany this video, I’ll put up a couple graphics that we’ll be using – cheat sheets for major and minor chords. If you’d…

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12 Amazing Key Changes in Pop Music

Hi and welcome to another episode of PianoTV! Today we’re going to do something unusual for this channel, and turn our focus to pop music. We’re going to talk about key changes, also referred to as modulations in pop music, and why they’re so awesome (and sometimes so cheesy). We’ll look at 12 amazing key…

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The Yellow Rose of Texas: Easy Piano Tutorial

Hi and welcome to PianoTV! Today we’re going to look at a traditional American folk song called “The Yellow Rose of Texas”. We’ll talk about the song’s dark past, its use in the military, and its modern re-makes a la Mitch Miller and Elvis Presley. And, of course, you’ll learn how to play it on…

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