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How To Approach Sight Reading

How To Approach Sight Reading Sight-reading is a necessary skill as it allows you to jump in and get into a song quickly. But there are some rules to adhere to: Look at the clefs Many a student has been fooled into playing the wrong keys because they failed to notice

How To Approach Sight Reading2020-10-14T06:20:40+00:00

The Importance of Rhythm

The Importance of Rhythm Once you have established a solid and reliable pulse, it is now time to add the rhythm on top of it. This is often the hardest part for students especially as the rhythm for piano is usually tied in with the pitch so using the right finger

The Importance of Rhythm2020-10-14T06:13:16+00:00

The Importance Of Timing

The Importance Of Timing Timing is utterly crucial for all musicians (especially when playing together). Imagine a group of people singing “Happy Birthday” but they are all singing at different speeds. What would happen? Chaos! Once you have found the pulse you can start to include its natural accenting

The Importance Of Timing2020-10-14T06:08:27+00:00

Hand Co-Ordination

Hand Co-Ordination You know you’ve started to advance in your piano skills when you are faced with sheet music that makes you play with both hands. As a general rule “hands together” music is introduced slowly with single notes in the left hand appearing before chords or other forms of accompaniment.

Hand Co-Ordination2020-10-14T05:55:58+00:00

How To Undo Bad Habits

How To Undo Bad Habits The only thing worse than picking up a bad habit is trying to undo it. The most common bad habits include: Not counting rhythm Not reading notes Using bad fingers To undo a bad habit you will need to be aware that you have a bad

How To Undo Bad Habits2020-10-14T05:42:27+00:00

The Importance Of Relaxation And Posture

The Importance Of Relaxation And Posture Posture and relaxation are incredibly important at the piano because it allows you to play comfortably and with feeling, allowing you to interpret the music to its fullest extent. Posture When sitting down ensure that your back is straight and that you are comfortable. As

The Importance Of Relaxation And Posture2020-10-14T05:03:43+00:00

A Crash Course On The Pedals

A Crash Course On The Pedals Here's a quick crash course on the piano pedals ... Depending on your piano you may have between up to three pedals. The Sostenuto or Sustain Pedal (right) This is the most common pedal and is always on the right-hand side. It is used by

A Crash Course On The Pedals2020-10-14T04:55:44+00:00

Building Confidence At The Piano

Building Confidence At The Piano Here's how to build confidence when you next sit down to play your piano. To begin with aim for consistent practice. This is hugely important as skills that don’t get used, get lost. Look for songs in your comfort zone Start at the very beginning with

Building Confidence At The Piano2020-10-14T04:52:19+00:00

How To Play With Arthritis

How To Play With Arthritis Playing with any kind of disability is always going to be a challenge but for anyone with arthritis in your hands this may present extra issues. Depending on where your arthritis is you may need to modify how you sit and hold yourself at the piano.

How To Play With Arthritis2020-10-14T04:45:43+00:00

How Often Do I Need To Practice?

How Often Do I Need To Practice? As a general rule when you’re first starting you want to aim for at least 20 minutes a day In those 20 minutes you want to ensure you go over the language of music: Challenge yourself to identify the clefs, the brace, the stave,

How Often Do I Need To Practice?2020-10-14T04:40:12+00:00

Piano Chords Songs

Top 25 piano chords songs for you to play regardless of age, background or skill. From love songs, Christmas songs, revelation songs and much more.  While you're here, don't forget to download our free Printable Piano Chord Chart Piano Chords Songs Before you can jump into arranging chords for

Piano Chords Songs2017-12-23T21:28:07+00:00

Beginner Piano Sheet Music

25 beginner piano sheet music videos from how to read sheet music, how to play sheet music and easy beginner songs to learn for all ages.  While you're here, don't forget to download our free Piano Printable Chord Chart Beginner Piano Sheet Music Thanks to the joys of the

Beginner Piano Sheet Music2017-12-23T20:52:40+00:00

Beginner Piano Songs

25 beginner piano songs for anyone to learn with these easy step by step videos for any age at any level of their piano journey.  While you're here, don't forget to download our free printable chord chart Beginner Piano Songs You've just begun your journey into the wide world

Beginner Piano Songs2017-12-21T06:42:10+00:00

Piano Scales

Learn piano scales with these top 25 videos from pro pianists regardless of age, skill or background. You'll Learn Piano Scales Quickly & Easily.  While you're here, don't forget to download our free chord chart. Piano Scales Piano scales form the basis of all music.  When you know your

Piano Scales2017-12-21T01:23:47+00:00

Piano Chord Chart

Piano chord chart videos and lessons from expert pianists. 25 basic chord charts, printable chord charts, blues chord charts and much more.  While you're here, don't forget to download our free Printable Chord Chart Piano Chord Chart If you can't be bothered trying to make your own chord chart, you

Piano Chord Chart2017-12-20T07:26:07+00:00