Monthly Archives: July 2016

page01512

I just wanted to pop in with a quick video/post about doing a 30 day piano practice challenge. This was an idea that occurred to me while on vacation, and I’ve been excited to get going with it!

Since I’ve been gone nearly a month, I just wanted to thank you for your patience with emails and comments – now that I’m back, I’ll have a chance to read and reply.

My vacation was excellent and relaxing, but now I’m ready to get back into the swing of things with teaching and practicing. It was a nice break, but I’m very eager to practice again.

But summer is a tough time for piano practice. Most of us are busy with family events and camping and traveling and enjoying the good weather. It’s sometimes hard to sit inside and continue committing to the piano.

Because I’ll be just as busy as anyone over the summer, I felt like I needed a little extra push to get me playing piano again. Maybe you feel the same way! If so, I really hope you’ll join me on my 30 day piano practice challenge!
Continue reading

page0149
Hello friends, and welcome to another episode of PianoTV. Today we’re back with another analysis for casual music fans: an analysis of Canon in D, the ever-famous wedding song. We’re going to talk about the history of the piece, listen through some of the song and talk about theory.

It won’t be anything too heavy and theory-intense, though, so even if your understanding of music is rudimentary, you should still be able to make sense of this.

If you missed the first analysis video of Clair de Lune, definitely check it out – it was a ton of fun to make!

Also, I recently wrote a beginner-ish tutorial for Canon in D with a PDF of the sheet music, so you can check out that video if you’re interested.

Let’s get started!
Continue reading

page0150

Today’s video covers the ABRSM’s grade 2 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.
I’ve also done the RCM equivalent of this video, which you can check out here.

For more information on these technical exercises, check out the ABRSM grade 2 syllabus.
Continue reading

page0146

In today’s video, I wanted to talk about how you can learn to play with a metronome. I also want to talk about why you would use a metronome in the first place, how much to use it, and if it makes a difference in your playing at all.

Today’s video is actually a request, so I’ll do the best I can with this question and hopefully it helps you guys out. Also, if you have any other video requests, or questions you want answered, feel free to leave it in the comments below. I have a running list of requests, and while I might not necessarily answer them quickly, I always put them on the list, and bring them up when I can.

Also just a quick reminder that I pre-recorded this video and am currently on vacation, so I won’t be able to answer your comments immediately. I look forward to reading them when I get back!
Continue reading

page0148

In today’s episode, we’re going to do a Canon in D piano tutorial, also known as That Wedding Song. It’s one of those classical pieces that almost everyone knows, but a lot of people don’t know much about this tune other than that it’s used at weddings a lot.

So what we’re going to do in today’s episode is talk about the history of this piece, I’ll play through the arrangement (sheet music is linked below), and then we’ll talk about little theory things and interpretation ideas.

Let’s get started!
Continue reading

page0144
In the last video, we talked about Romantic Period music, and the things that were going on in the 19th century. We talked about what Romantic music sounded like, what was going on in the world at the time, and about how Beethoven and Schubert paved the way to a brave new musical era. If you missed that video, definitely check it out.

Today we’re going full-force into the Romantic era. We’ll talk about the development of the piano, public and parlor music (and how the symphony and Chopin fit into those) and the first music rock stars.
Continue reading

page0147
Today’s video covers the RCM’s grade 2 piano technique requirements (updated for the 2015 syllabus). 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.

Coming soon will be an ABRSM equivalent of this video – stay tuned for that.

For more information on these technical exercises, check out the RCM syllabus.
Continue reading

page0147
To continue our two-part music history series, next up is a talk about Romantic period music. We’ve already discussed the Baroque era and the Classical era, so from a linear standpoint, the Romantic era is up next.

This video has been requested, and I definitely understand why – the Romantic era is when a lot of favorite composers came into the scene, like Chopin and Liszt. It’s also an era full of amazing piano music that can be extremely difficult, but sounds much more modern and familiar than Classical music.

In today’s part 1 video, we’ll talk about when the Romantic period was and what the music sounded like, and what was happening in the world which influenced music. We’ll also talk about Beethoven and Schubert and how their transitional music heralded a new age of music.

In the next video, we’ll talk about two types of instrumental music – public and parlor, we’ll talk about opera, we’ll talk rock stars, and we’ll discuss the piano itself.
Continue reading