Archive for July 2018

Performer spotlight: Valentina Lisitsa, the Romantic Sorceress

Recently we did a performer spotlight video on Glenn Gould, who is legendary when it comes to recordings of Bach – but unfortunately, he’s been dead quite a while. I thought it would be fun to spotlight a performer who is alive and well, and who got her start on YouTube – Valentina Lisitsa. We’re…

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Your Favorite Digital Pianos [buyer’s guide/popular choice]

In today’s episode of PianoTV, we’re at Long and McQuade to look at your favorite digital pianos (updated 2018). I sent out a survey to you guys, and you told me what you loved (and didn’t love) about your digital pianos, and we crunched the data into a giant spreadsheet. From there, some clear patterns…

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The Four Seasons by Vivaldi: Summer [PROGRAM MUSIC]

Since it’s currently summertime, I wanted to take this opportunity to delve into The Four Seasons by Vivaldi, specifically the “summer” movement. This is a Baroque-era concerto in a set of four concerto, each with its own season/theme: spring, summer, autumn and winter. This will be a long-running series – each season I am going…

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Write a song with me! Alt-rock piano/vocals/lyrics

Hey all, This is a (terrifying) fun video idea I had – have you be a fly on the wall while I write a song, and explain some of my processes to you while I do. As a vocalist and keyboardist, I mainly focus on melodies and lyrics, so that’s the subject of today’s video.

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Q&A with my piano teacher, PART 2: Adult students

Hi all! If you missed the first part of the Q&A with my piano teacher, definitely check that out. We talked about everything from music philosophies to teaching me as a child. 🙂 Here’s part 2 of our discussion, which largely centers around adult students. A full transcript of our conversation can be found below.…

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Q&A WITH MY PIANO TEACHER!

Hi friends, In today’s episode of PianoTV, I’m doing a Q&A session with my childhood piano teacher. This is part 1 of a 2-part series – we had plenty to talk about!

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5 Beginner Exercises for Playing with a Metronome

In today’s episode of PianoTV, I’ll walk you through 5 beginner exercises for playing with a metronome. There is a free printable PDF with all of these exercises, and I encourage you to download it and play along! I wanted to create a really simple starting point for students in the first 6 months to…

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The Hardest Piano Music Ever: Liszt Edition

In today’s episode of PianoTV, we’re going to look at some of the hardest piano music that exists – with the spotlight on Franz Liszt. We’re looking at his solo piano music (no concertos here – though those are obviously very difficult). The majority of these pieces are from his Transcendental Etudes. In this video…

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12 More Amazing Key Changes in Pop Music

We’re back with another round of amazing key changes in pop music! Previously on the blog, PianoTV talked about key changes, or otherwise referred to as modulations, in pop music. We also featured 12 pop songs that served as great examples of what modulation can do for songs. In order to keep a listener engaged,…

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A Simple Guide to American Music History

Today we’re going to discuss American music history. Obviously it’s a huge topic, so what I intend to do today is an overview-video, and fill in the blanks in more detail in future videos.

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