In today’s video, we’re going to take a closer look to Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique – particularly the fifth and final movement from the symphony, “witches’ sabbath”.
Today’s question is from one of our Patreon supporters, Fred Jones. He asks,
“Your opinion on using outside songs with workbooks. For example, I am using Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course #1 as my workbook. I also bought a book of level 1 Christmas music because the songs seemed like they would be fun to work on as winter approaches. How much time should be spent on specific songs vs. progressing through a workbook?”
For today’s video, I wanted to experiment doing something a little more modern – the Final Fantasy theme. I get requests all the time for making tutorials on modern pieces, but I’m concerned about violating copyright law.
However, I decided to experiment with the Final Fantasy theme for a few reasons:
- It’s a small excerpt from a much larger piece
- I teach it often in my studio
- It’s being used in an educational context
We’ll see how this goes, and perhaps we’ll do more of these in the future.
Let’s get started!
In today’s episode of PianoTV, I want to discuss the easiest Tchaikovsky pieces, and the ones to avoid until you’re very skilled. Tchaikovsky’s piano music tends not to get too difficult, since he wasn’t a virtuoso pianist like some other composers we’ve discussed (Liszt, Chopin, etc.).