Archive for July 2016

VLOG: 30 Day Piano Practice Challenge (#30daysofpiano)

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…

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An Analysis of Canon in D (For Casual Music Fans)

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…

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ABRSM: Grade 2 Piano Technique Requirements

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…

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Q&A: How to Play With a Metronome

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,…

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Canon in D Piano Tutorial

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…

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Romantic Period Music (Part Two)

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…

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How to Play a Melodic Minor Scale

In music, there are a variety of different scales to contend with – today we’ll be taking a quick look at the melodic minor scale – how it’s formed and how to play it, as well as a bit of theory. Without further ado, let’s get started!

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RCM: Grade 2 Piano Technique Requirements

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…

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Romantic Period Music (Part One)

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…

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