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Fast Finger Practice: Clementi Prelude in E Minor

Today we’re going to be learning a short piece by Muzio Clementi. It’s really more of a technical exercise, like scales and triads, but a little more interesting in my opinion. It’s also a fast finger exercise, so we’ll be referencing the video on “how to speed up a piece” from last week quite a…

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Waltz in A Minor by Chopin (Simplified) – Piano Tutorial

After our discussion on the life and times of Chopin, I thought we’d learn the Waltz in A minor by Chopin, published posthumously (after death). This composition is originally at an RCM grade 6 level, but I created a simplified arrangement of it for those at around a grade 1 to 2 level. As always,…

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Away in a Manger Sheet Music: 2 Versions

Now that we’ve hit December, it’s time to start rolling out the Christmas music! I love Christmas music, and this is one of my favorite parts of the teaching year. Somehow I haven’t gotten sick of Jingle Bells through all these years of teaching because I just get so excited. Today’s video is Away in…

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Bach Chorale Tutorial: BWV 514, Grade 1 Piano

Howdy! In today’s video we’re going to do a Bach Chorale tutorial, a grade 1 piano piece from his collection the Anna Magdalena Notebook – the collection he wrote for his wife to learn keyboard. We are going to dissect this piece a little, play through it and talk about the practice points, and the…

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Mikrokosmos 1: Complete Practice Guide (1/2)

Bela Bartok’s Mikrokosmos 1 is a book you can pick up and start playing from if you’ve never touched a note on the piano in your life. All you need is a basic understanding of how to read basic notes, basic rhythms, and what the letters on the keys are. If you’re lost on any…

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Beethoven’s Sonata Pathetique introduction (beginner piano)

Today for PianoTV’s Halloween series, we’re going to learn a snippet of a piece with tons of diminished chords – for more information on those, check out the previous video on diminished chords if you don’t know what I’m talking about. This fragment is Beethoven’s Sonata Pathetique introduction – and who cares that we’re not…

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Beethoven’s Third Concerto: Largo (Intro) – Beginner’s Guide

Today we’re going to work on another piece that’s far beyond our beginner level – well, if we were to do the entire thing, anyway. Like we’ve done before, we’re just going to learn a little snippet – a taste of what’s to come in our virtuosic futures. The piece in question is from Beethoven’s…

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How to Play “Portato” on Piano

[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCj2rjfd4Tc[/embedyt] In today’s video, we discuss the portato – which is sort of like legato, sort of like staccato, and sort of rhymes with potato. And just for reference’s sake, it’s pronounced “por-TAH-to”.

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Mozart – Alla Turca – Beginner Piano Tutorial

Hello! Today’s sheet music is a famous tune by Mozart, Alla Turca (Turkish March) from his 11th symphony, third movement. It’s not an easy piece to play for beginners (doable though), but worth learning since it’s such a quintessential piano piece!

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Canadian Boat Song: Beginner Piano

  Hello! In today’s video, we look at my heritage (not that I have specific boating heritage, being from the dry Canadian prairies and all) with this awesome but not oft-played tune. Consider it a lesson in culture! 🙂

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