Basics

Major and Minor Keys: What they are, and how to tell them apart

    Hey there! Today’s video covers some important music theory information – when you’re learning a piece, how do you know what key it’s in? There are two types of keys – major and minor keys. We’ll talk about how to find a major key’s doppelganger (minor twin), and how to analyze a piece…

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What is a Harmonic Minor Scale?

Hello! Harmonic minor scales are definitely my favorite type of scale – the harmonic minor scale.  I mean, major scales are nice and all, but there’s something so spicy and mysterious about harmonic minors, and it has everything to do with that raised 7th!  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, definitely check out…

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Introduction to the damper pedal

Hello! As you can see from the thumbnail, I clearly enjoy the damper pedal.  The damper pedal is one of three foot pedals seen on a piano – the one on the right.  For those of you with electronic keyboards, it’s usually the only pedal that comes with it, as the other two pedals are…

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The Key of C, and C Major Scale

Happy Monday! In today’s video, we discuss some music theory, and dig into key signatures.  There are a couple technical exercises to accompany this video, both a C scale, as well as a short piece built around a C scale: Technique: C Scale

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Learning Intervals and the 3/4 Time Signature

    Hi friends! We’ve made it to our fourth piano lesson in the series, and it’s some fun music this week. Because when is Chopsticks not fun? This week also marks a leap in difficulty – the famous De Colores is re-arranged here, but it’s still two pages, and there’s still some tricky technical…

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C minor chord, and reading flats

    Hello! Today we’re going to explore the dark world of minor chords, as well as learn what those flat symbols are and how to interpret them.

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Introduction to Note Reading

Hello! Today we’ve got a fairly long, heady video, but it’ll all be worth it when you can identify the different keys on the piano, as well as identify notes on the music staff!  Here are two PDFs you can use to practice note reading:

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Introduction to Rhythm

  Hello! Today it’s time to start getting into the very basics of reading music, by starting with reading rhythm.  It’s important to become really familiar with these simple concepts in order to tackle more difficult ones, so to really make sure you know your stuff, print off and complete the exercises below:

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