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How to Play Formula Patterns (2 Octaves)

In today’s episode, I wanted to discuss how to play formula patterns, which are basically an extended version of a regular scale. They’re required for piano exams starting from a Grade 2 level (RCM), and even if you aren’t doing the whole exam thing, they’re fun to play and a great brain exercise. Let’s get…

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My Favorite Grade 2 Piano Books and Pieces

In today’s video, I’m going to show you my favorite grade 2 piano books, and the pieces in them (as per the RCM). I also did a video very similar to this about grade 1 level books, so if that’s up your alley, definitely check it out. You can also check out the post all…

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Songwriting Basics: A Pentatonic Song

Today we’re going to dip our toes in composition and look at some piano songwriting basics. I’ve written a tune with the very unique title of “Pentatonic Song”, which you can download below. You can learn it, or study it, or use it as a launching point for your own composition. I wanted to build…

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All About Grade 2 Piano (RCM and ABRSM)

In today’s video, we’re going to discuss grade 2 piano, RCM as well as grade 2 ABRSM. These are two major systems of grading, exams and levels in the piano world. So we’re going to talk about the different exam categories of grade 2 piano: song categories, the technique that’s required, as well as ear…

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