Posts by Allysia

Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course [Method Guide + Review]

In today’s video and blog post we’ll be talking all about Alfred’s Basic Adult Piano Course. We’ll go through the material this method book covers, talk about its pros and cons, and I’ll let you know if I recommend it for your piano learning journey. I’ve been asked about this method time and time again,…

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The Easiest Grieg Pieces to Start Trying on the Piano [Guide]

Like we’ve done with so many other composers, we’re going to discuss the easiest Grieg pieces today. We’re going to look at the first of his piano compositions you can start with if you’re an intermediate student. We’ll talk about what specific pieces are the easiest – the easiest we’ll talk about today is Grade…

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More Details about Halo Sport (Brain zapping for piano playing)

Hey all, I thought I would do a follow-up video to the last one, where you practiced piano with me using the Halo Sport headphones. In this video I sit down and give a few more details – but expect more experimenting with these headphones in the future! Check ’em out here. xo, Allysia

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Practice Piano With Me: Zapping My Brain to learn Marching Season

Hey friends, In today’s “practice piano with me” session I’m trying something a little different. I put on Halo Sport headphones to zap my brain and (hopefully) help me re-learn this piece faster and easier. Check out the video for my experiences, and be sure to check out the previous comparison video where I learned…

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Practice Piano With Me: February Sea by George Winston

Hi friends, We’re back for another installment of “practice piano with me” – this time with a modern composition by George Winston called “February Sea”. There’s also a twist with this one – but you’ll have to wait until the next video to see what it is. 🙂 In this video, I’ll make comments about…

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A Brief History of Edvard Grieg

In today’s episode we’ll be talking about none other than Edvard Grieg. Grieg was a Romantic-era composer (the same time period as Liszt and Chopin) who has a few really important compositions, but he tends to be lesser-known, especially to non-pianists. In today’s video we’re going to get into the nitty-gritty on his life and…

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The Best Music of Grieg [4 favorites]

In today’s video we’re going to take a look at the best music of Grieg. We’ll talk about some favorites and listen through some examples to get you started with this composer. Over the next couple of months we’ll be discussing the composer Edvard Grieg. He was a Romantic-era composer, often overlooked when compared to…

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Chopin’s Nocturne in C Sharp Minor, op. posth. [analysis]

In today’s episode of PianoTV, we’re going to talk about Chopin’s Nocturne in C sharp minor, op. posth. B49. We’ll listen through examples and discuss the finer details – without getting too music jargon-y. Chopin wrote 21 nocturnes in his lifetime, between 1827-1846. To this day his nocturnes are considered to be some of the…

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ABRSM: Grade 5 Piano Technique Requirements

Today’s video covers the ABRSM’s grade 5 piano technique requirements. This includes scales and arpeggios. I’ll be playing with the metronome in this video at the required speeds, and will label each technique on the screen as I play them. I’ve also done the RCM equivalent of thiside vo, which you can check out here.…

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6 Week Piano Course starts tomorrow! Q&A

Hey friends, Since the 6 week course is beginning tomorrow, I just wanted to sit down and answer some questions, give some more general information, and talk about the future a little. Enjoy! xo, Allysia

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