Posts by Allysia

Am I Too Old to Learn Piano?

I get a decent amount of emails from hopeful piano students (and some not-so-hopeful). One question that I’m asked again and again is, “Am I too old to learn piano?” Or, if they’re not specifically asking me if I think they’re too old, they express concern about their advancing age getting in the way of…

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Game of Thrones Season 8: A Flowkey Medley

Hi friends! Dropping in for a super-quick video today. The final season of Game of Thrones begins this Sunday, so I wanted to do up a little medley because I couldn’t contain my hype. This medley was created with the help of the app Flowkey. Each of the pieces I strung together – The Rains…

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Four Melody Writing Tricks (Primer on Non-Chord Tones)

In today’s episode of PianoTV we’re going to be looking at melody writing tricks. These tricks all center around non-chord tones – and if that makes no sense to you now, it will soon! With our Songwriting Workshop in full-swing, I’ve had melody on the mind. We talk quite a bit about melody writing in…

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Grieg’s Arietta Tutorial: An Intermediate Step to Liszt

In today’s episode of PianoTV, we’re going to work on an intermediate-level piece called Arietta composed by Edvard Grieg. I love teaching this piece for a few reasons – it’s beautiful, but it’s also a good stepping stone to Liszt’s material. Today we’re going to discuss this piece in more depth, I’ll play through it,…

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Four Piano Exercises for the Fourth Finger

In today’s episode of PianoTV, we’ll be looking at four piano exercises for the fourth finger. The fourth finger tends to be our weakest, least independent finger. These exercises are to your fourth finger what kettlebells are to your shoulders. The PDF download of these exercises can be found here. We’ve done a couple similar…

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Bach’s Air on the G String (Suite no. 3 in D, BWV 1068)

In today’s video I want to explore Bach’s famous and beautiful Air on the G String, which was one piece played during my wedding ceremony. As such, it’s near and dear to my heart. This video was requested by Malav on Patreon. If you’d like to see some of the perks we offer on Patreon,…

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The Complete Guide to Dynamics on the Piano

In today’s video we’re going to address the topic of dynamics on the piano. We’ll talk about what dynamics are, the differences in dynamics across musical eras, and some tips on how to play dynamics more effectively. As far as I know there isn’t a “do-this-and-achieve-awesome-dynamics” lesson out there – if there is, please let…

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5 Modern Songs Directly Inspired by Classical Music

Hi and welcome to today’s episode of PianoTV, where we’re going to look at 5 modern songs that were directly inspired by Classical music. Some of these songs are a bit of a stretch, while others are overt inspirations. In this video we’re going to have fun, listen through some examples and try to spot…

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Instagram Q&A! Your Questions on Music and Life, Answered

Hi friends, Today’s video is an Instagram Q&A. I was home with Jane for a week while Mike was off on a work trip, so we decided to do a spur-of-the-moment type video. Follow me on Instagram if you want to catch the next one, or just follow my stories! Take care, Allysia

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