Music Theory

Cut Time (and how it’s different from common time)

In today’s episode we’re going to talk about something seemingly simple – cut time. We haven’t talked about time signatures in a good long while on this channel (see our videos on 4/4, ¾, and 6/8), so I figured now was a good time to tackle this oft-confusing time signature. We’ll look at what cut…

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How to Play Dominant 7th Chords

In today’s lesson, we’ll be exploring how to play dominant 7th chords. These appear for the first time in your technical tests for grade 5 RCM. And they’re the first 4-note chord you’ll need to learn if you’re following this examination system.

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How to play cadences (level 5-6)

In today’s video I wanted to discuss how to play cadences. We’ve talked about cadences before on this channel – what they are, what the point of them is – so check out that video for more information. Today is going to be about the practical application of cadences. This is going to be especially…

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My favorite chord progression (2 chords only, i-VI)

In today’s video, I wanted to talk a bit more about songwriting and share my favorite chord progression of all time. The nice thing about this progression is it’s only two chords, so it’s an incredibly easy one. It’s the i-VI progression – but if you don’t know what that means, fear not, we’ll be…

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Piano Q&A: All about tempo markings in music

In today’s video, we’re going to answer a question about tempo markings in music. It’s a pretty straightforward answer so this won’t be a hugely long video, but it’s an important topic that I’ve yet to discuss on this channel.

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Piano Q&A: How to remember the sharps and flats

Hi and welcome to today’s Q&A session on PianoTV! Today’s question will be a short and sweet one, but I really like this question and have seen it in my studio a fair amount. So without further ado, let’s get into it!

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5 Songwriting Tips for Beginners

I want to start this video on songwriting tips by saying I’m not some authority on songwriting. I’m just sharing tips with you from the perspective of someone who has been writing songs since I was a small child (probably 5 or younger).

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