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How to play from a Christmas songbook, part 2

In the last video, we discussed: How to find the melody line How to read the chord symbols How to use the given chord symbols while following the bassline idea Definitely check it out if you haven’t already, because today’s video is going to build on the same ideas. This week, well be looking at…

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How to Play from a Christmas Songbook, Part 1

I know, I know. It’s the beginning of November. Most people are far from putting up the Christmas tree. But the thing with Christmas piano music is that you need time to practice it! So I thought I would start talking about Christmas music now, to help you get prepared for the upcoming season. Here’s…

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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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Three Chords to Know on Piano (In Every Key)

It’s been a while since we talked about chords, so today we’ll hop onto the piano and have a little bit of playtime. We’re going to talk about the three chords to know on piano – or any instrument, really. These aren’t just chords that I think are important. These are the most common chords…

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How to Read a Lead Sheet (With Sheet Music)

In today’s episode of PianoTV, we’ll be building on all the chord information we’ve learned to far, and putting it all together with this episode about How to Read a Lead Sheet. All the chord videos we’ve done – major and minor, 7 chords, diminished chords and suspended chords – can be found by following…

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More on Chords: How to Play Suspended Chords

Today we’re going to head back into the world of chords, and learn how to play suspended chords. We’ve done several chord videos in the past, like how to play major and minor chords, diminished chords, all kinds of 7 chords, and inverting chords. Definitely check out the links if you need a refresher. All…

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How to play chords: 7th chord, Major 7th and Minor 7th

To expand on a previous video on major and minor chords, today we’re also going to look at how to play chords – the various 7th chords. These are very common in music of all kinds, whether you’re printing off some pop from the internet, or reading through Beethoven – so let’s jump into it!

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What is a diminished Chord? Beginner Piano

Today for PianoTV’s Halloween Week, we’re going to talk about the question “What is a diminished chord?”, especially the diminished 7th, because it’s a very dark, tense, dissonant chord.

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