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Archive for October 2016

How to Read Key Signatures: The Simplest Trick in the World

Today we’re going to talk theory – specifically, how to key signatures. I am going to show you a music reading trick that blew my mind when I first learned it. I don’t usually throw around big phrases like “in the world”, but when I do, it’s because there’s some serious mind-blowing power involved.

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Mastering Musical Rhythms with Fruit

In today’s episode of PianoTV, we’re going to have a little fun and be a little silly. We’re going to look at mastering musical rhythms….with fruit. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of fruit. And I’m also a big fan of music! So what happens when you put music together with fruit? Basically…

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A Brief History of Charles Alkan

Today I’m going to tackle the long-standing request to talk about the history of Charles Alkan (aka Charles-Valentin Aklan), a French-Jewish composer from the Romantic period.

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14 Types of Piano Articulations: A Quick Guide

Articulation in music is one of the most important things to grasp. In today’s video, we’re going to briefly talk about why articulation is so important, and look at a bunch of different piano articulations you’ll come across in your journey.

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5 Piano Exercises for Hand Independence

Today’s video is a subject I’m asked about a lot, both online and offline – how do I make hands do different things on the piano? So I’ve got 5 piano exercises to share with you, in the hopes of remedying the situation.

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Classical Music (for people who don’t like Classical music)

I’ve had a lot of students over the years who tell me point-blank, “I don’t like Classical music”. They want to learn pop songs, and music that feels relevant to their lives. To them, Classical music is this stuffy, academic thing, devoid of emotion. Maybe they think it sounds neat, but it doesn’t mean anything…

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