Archive for May 2016

The Music of Haydn: A Tour of His Famous Works

In today’s episode of PianoTV, we’ll be looking at the music of Haydn. Haydn had such a massive output of music – something to the tune of 1,000 songs – that picking a handful of “the best” seemed basically impossible. So what I’ve decided to do is break his music down into categories – his…

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Haydn’s Farewell Symphony: Easy Piano Tutorial

Since we were talking about Haydn’s backstory in a previous video, I thought it would be fitting to do a tutorial of his music today. And instead of doing a piano tutorial of his simpler pieces, I thought I would take a very famous song – Haydn’s Farewell Symphony – and arrange it for piano,…

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An Analysis of Clair de Lune (For Casual Music Fans)

Probably one of the most well-known piano songs of all time is Debussy’s Clair de Lune. But it’s also very difficult. So as per a request on this channel, I decided that it would be fun to do a discussion on the tune. In today’s episode, we’ll talk about the history of the piece, its…

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A Brief History of Franz Joseph Haydn

I love Haydn. I’ve been waiting to do a video about him for the longest time, but wanted to get some of the other main guys out of the way first, like Mozart and Beethoven. But in the Classical era, which we discussed at length in my two-part video series, there was a trifecta of…

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Strong and Weak Beats in Time Signatures: Rhythm Lesson

Today’s video is a collaboration with my friend Eric over at popmusictheory.com. He’s awesome and does really good in-depth blog posts once a week on nerdy theory topics, but in a really accessible way – by relating it to pop music. So today we’ve decided to collaborate on a rhythmic topic: Strong and weak beats…

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How I (Almost) Failed My RCM Grade 10 Exam

In today’s video, I wanted to sit down and have a casual chat with you guys about the awful exam I took around this time last year: My RCM grade 10 exam. It’s a conversational video, and you get to see snippets of my exam commentary, and the exact marks I received. Without going into…

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Mozart’s Allegro in B flat Major K3: Piano Tutorial

Howdy! In today’s episode, we’re going to be looking at another Mozart tune from Nannerl’s Music Book – his Allegro in B flat Major, K 3. We’ll get into the backstory, play through the tune so you can hear it, and then discuss some important theory and performance concepts. Let’s hop to it!

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