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How to Read Sheet Music for Piano | The Mental Flip Strategy
As a beginner, learning how to read sheet music for piano is one of the first things you'll work on with your teacher. Read on as Tucson, AZ tutor Blake C. shares his strategy for understanding the relationships between the notes on the page: One of the most difficult things about learning how to read sheet music for the piano, as opposed to most other instruments, is that there is not just a single melody to be played. Piano music requires you to play more the one part at a time. Usually t
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Are you not making the progress you were hoping for in your piano lessons? Read on as piano teacher Nadia B. explains some of the common bad habits that may be holding you back... When you're learning piano, you're busy mastering a variety of skill sets -- note reading, rhythmic competency, independence of the hands, musicality, and so much more. It's easy to focus so much on these things that you might be developing bad habits... without noticing. Read on to learn more about th
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How do you make your melodies shine when you're learning the piano? Read on as Powell, OH teacher Sara Marie B. shares some exercises to try... As you're learning the piano, one of the most difficult things to do, especially for young children or beginning pianists, is to bring out the melody. Simply saying it does not help, so I've found I need to provide students with ways to practice this at home, guiding them toward the correct sound. If you're listening well and spending time
Feeling Stuck? Here's the Easiest Way to Learn Piano
The ever-popular piano: with its large repertoire of songs and adaptability across many genres, it’s no wonder it's one of the most enjoyable and accessible instruments around for beginner musicians. Maybe you’ve thought about learning this instrument, but how do you know where to start? What is the easiest way to learn piano, if there is one? Maybe you have tried striking a key or two, but weren't sure where to go from there. With the advent of the Internet and the ability to communicate w
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Struggling to get through the fast piano songs you're dying to play? Here, Helendale, CA teacher Sylvia S. shares her tips for success... Piano is an easy instrument to learn. You push a key, and a note sounds. Compared to instruments like the violin, which can take months and months of dedicated practice before a pleasant sound comes out, piano seems like a walk in the park. But because of this, it’s also one of the easiest instruments to learn to play poorly. Many piano students be
7 Qualities of the Best Piano Players
What do all of the best piano players in the world have in common? If you take a close look at what they’re doing, you’ll find a handful of similarities. All of them have incredible work ethic, attention to detail, and practice diligently everyday. On top of that, the best piano players in the world have studied with private instructors for years, taking advantage of an experienced player’s point of view. All of these qualities of the best piano players are interrelated. It’s hard to pr
Piano for Adults: How to Stay Motivated in Your Lessons
Commitment and motivation play key roles when it comes to learning anything new, especially as an adult; learning to play piano is no different! Whether you’re a beginner, or possibly returning to the keys, finding ways to stay motivated and engaged week after week is crucial to your success. Before you get started, it’s important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to staying motivated. As an adult learning a new skill, you’re probably beginning with a spec
Learn 8 Easy Piano Songs With These YouTube Tutorials
Looking for easy piano tutorials? You've come to the right place! On this list, we'll share how to play eight famous piano songs everyone will recognize. No matter what kind of music you're interested in -- be it rock, pop, jazz, or anything else -- there are certain songs and melodies that are sure to wow a crowd. While not all the songs on this list are for beginners, these tutorials break down the piece into easily-digestible sections, helping you learn even faster. Without furth
14 Common Musical Terms All Piano Players Need to Know
As you're learning how to read music on the piano, you'll come across a lot of different words and terms that will seem like a foreign language. And that's because... they are! Most sheet music terms you'll see are Italian, or have Italian roots, while others are taken from French, German, Latin, or Spanish. But don't worry -- you don't need to learn how to speak Italian fluently to be a good piano player. There are many piano terms and symbols, but the 14 listed in the infographic below are
Long-Live the Keytar: 4 Reasons Why This Portable Piano Should Come Back in Style
The piano is an instrument that will never go out of style. The various forms of electronic keyboards, however, have seen waves of popularity, as technology advances and exciting new features are added to new models. While some keyboardists are content to stay horizontal, a handful of musical trailblazers have been known to work their magic on that most interesting hybrid of instruments – the keytar. Whether you’re new to learning keyboard, or a seasoned expert, the keytar can be a fun inst
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7+ Best Soundtrack Pieces to Play on the Piano
Want to learn how to play songs on the piano from your favorite movies? In this week's guest post, our friends at Tomplay share the seven best soundtrack pieces to play on the piano... Whether you’re a total beginner or a seasoned professional, it’s important to have a diversified repertoire to be able to choose music that fits a certain mood or appeals to a particular audience. It seems obvious that an audience at a jazz club might prefer to hear jazz over classical, teenag
Learning Jazz Piano Chords & Chord Progressions as a Beginner
Ready to add some flair and style to your piano playing? Then it’s time to explore jazz chord professions on the piano. But before we dive into how to play jazz piano chords, we’ll first discuss what jazz chord progressions are and how they can help broaden your piano-playing horizons. For starters, a piano chord refers to a combination of notes played at one time. If you’re familiar with guitar chords, it is the same concept on the piano. For instance, you can achieve the A major
5 Games for Teaching Kids Piano
Piano is considered an umbrella instrument, meaning, teaching kids to play piano helps them understand music more thoroughly, no matter what instrument they want to play later on. Even most singers first learn the basics of music theory and notation on the piano. Piano lessons at an early age lay out the basics of music-making in black and white (quite literally!). The great news is that you don't need to know anything about playing piano to inspire your children to want to learn. Below are a ha
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7 Common Piano Chord Progressions for Every Musician
Piano chord progressions offer a view of music from a whole new perspective. Once you know some common variants, you’ll be able to create your own music, learn and sight-read written music more quickly, and have a greater understanding of music in general. 12 bar blues progression I - I - I - I - IV - IV - I - I - V - V - I - I C - C - C - C - F - F - C - C - G - G - C - C “Cadential” chord progression ii - V - I Dmin - G - C Songwriting & all-purpose I
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Is your once-enthused child suddenly losing interest in the piano? Read on as Oakland Gardens, NY teacher Ophelia T. shares three steps to take before it's too late... “I don’t want to learn piano anymore! It’s boring! I always have to practice the same thing over and over again! I’m sick and tired of it!” an 11-year-old boy shouts to his parents. This is a common case scenario for many parents and children who have taken piano lessons, and it can be due to several r
Top Five Piano Songs For Kids
Are you a teacher or a parent looking for some great piano songs for kids? Check out these suggestions from Nutley, NJ teacher Christina C... As a piano teacher at several music schools in northern NJ, I've attended quite a few recitals. While listening to my colleagues' students as well as my own, I've heard a variety of musical pieces performed, which got me thinking: What are the top five piano songs for kids to play? Since there are many different songs and arrangements of songs to su
How to Transition from Classical Pianist to Jazz Pianist
Piano music doesn't have to be all classical, all the time! Here's what you need to know about getting started with jazz piano chord progressions, courtesy of St. Augustine, FL teacher Heather L... If you're interested in learning how to play jazz piano after starting off as a classical pianist, one of the first things you need to master are chord progressions. In this blog post, we'll take a look at some of the most common jazz piano chord progressions and how you can use them in your o
What Tempo Should You Practice Piano Scales At?
Ready to practice your piano scales? Break out that metronome and consider this advice from online piano teacher Crystal B... When it comes to practicing piano scales, the subject of tempo always comes up. Many students are unsure of what tempo scales should be practiced, and the truth of the matter is, the answer will vary depending on the student. A good rule of thumb is always start slowly and work your way up to faster tempos. Here are some tips to help you assess your individual abilities
10 Famous Pianists You Should Be Listening To (Updated for 2022)
While it’s easy to name Beethoven and Mozart as a couple of the most incredible famous pianists, there are so many more out there! In fact, there are easily dozens of famous piano players keeping beautiful music alive today and interpreting it in new and exciting ways. Listening to various piano artists is a great way to stay inspired as a musician or even someone who simply loves to listen to music. We’ve compiled a list of our top 10 famous pianists of the 21st century and a vide
Why Children Should Learn Piano as a First Instrument
Music is an underrated but extremely important part of a child’s education. The benefits of learning an instrument go beyond simply having a better lifestyle. Studies have shown how music improves the brain function, hand coordination, self-discipline, and hard-working habits of those who have studied it in their youth. Of all the instruments to choose from, learning piano is arguably the best. Let's look at some reasons why children should learn piano, and what makes this such a great first i
9 Steps for Writing a Hit Song on the Piano
What's the secret to writing beautiful and awe-inspiring piano music? Learn the steps in this guest post by St. Augustine, FL piano teacher Heather L... Music industry legend has it that Lady Gaga, being a classically trained musician, writes many of her songs on the piano first. She's undoubtedly not the only pop, or country, or rock star to use the keys to compose. And if you're studying piano already, you might be itching to try your hand at your own songwriting. Allow me to
How to Teach Piano to Every Age Group (Preschoolers, Teens, and Adults)
No two piano students are the same. As a teacher, it's important to take a unique approach to teaching different age groups. Below, piano teacher Rhonda B. shares some helpful tips on how to teach piano to every age group... Imagine a department store where every item of women’s clothing is labeled size small. The store’s designer has decided on a certain ideal, and that’s what’s offered. If you don’t like it, you’re obviously ignorant of good taste. As silly as this seems
Tips for Playing Piano Duets
Playing piano duets, or "four-hand piano," is a fun way to share your love for playing music! Buddy up with another pianist and get ready to make some rich and full sounds. If you've never played with another pianist before, let these tips for playing piano duets be your guide. Know Your Part Before you sit down together, decide if you'll be playing the high part (usually known as primo) or the bass part (known as secondo). You and your partner should spend some time practicing independe
How to Tell if Your Old Piano is Worth Restoring
Are you curious about how to restore a piano that's been sitting in your basement or storage unit unused? Was an old piano passed down to you, and you're not quite sure how to make it playable? Here, Katy, TX music teacher Zachary A. shares his advice... A piano is not only a part of the art of music, it is also a work of art itself. The machine is extremely complex and has thousands of moving parts. The piano is also one of the few instruments out there that has stood the test of time
Beginner Piano Finger Exercises: How to Tame the Flyaway Fourth Finger
When you're learning how to play the piano, finger exercises are especially important--especially if you're having trouble controlling that pesky fourth finger! Learn the steps to take in this guest post by Ann Arbor, MI teacher Amy C... Ah, the fourth finger. Most pianists know all too well the issues that surround the fourth and finger. Unlike the first, second, and third finger, these two ancillary fingers tend to not be as well developed. While some players might consider those f
How to Use Apps to Supplement Your Piano Lessons | 7 Ideas
Want to really improve your piano skills? Making the most of your practice time is key! Learn how to use piano apps as you practice in this guest post by Aravind Abraham from OnlinePianist... Piano students, you probably know by now that regular practice is essential to your progress and overall success. And luckily, practicing doesn't have to be boring! Music apps provide a fun way to spice up your practice routine, and are a great way to supplement your piano lessons. Let's take a
25 Easy Jazz Piano Songs to Learn Today [Video Tutorials]
Interested in learning jazz? Try your hand at some of these easy jazz piano songs! If you're used to playing classical piano styles, we recommend starting with these tips for transitioning to the jazz style. If you’re learning how to play piano, adding some easy jazz songs is a great way to shake things up! Next, you'll want to review jazz piano chords, and then try out some of these helpful exercises. Beyond that, keep the following tips in mind while attempting to play the foll
What Piano Pedals Do + How to Use Them to Sound Like a Pro
Piano pedals are levers which alter the sound of the piano in a variety of different ways. The three types of pedals most pianos have are, from right to left: a sustain pedal, a sostenuto pedal, and a soft pedal. Note: Some digital keyboards may only have one - the sustain pedal - which you can plug into the keyboard. As you get more comfortable at the piano, you may start to wonder about these three pedals at the bottom. What do the pedals on a piano do? You'll find the answers in
10 Easy Piano Songs for Kids & Beginners
It’s never too early (or late) to start learning the piano! Whether you have an illustrious grand piano or a funky techno-beat electronic keyboard, you can teach your child several basic piano songs in a fun and encouraging fashion. Introducing your child to the fundamentals of music can help them in many different ways. Studies have shown that there’s a substantial correlation between music and language skills. It turns out that learning new scales, chords, and songs is much like learn
Introduction to Ragtime Piano: 25+ Iconic Pieces to Know
Curious about ragtime piano music? Read on as music teacher James W. shares a quick introduction to the genre, and the 5 iconic pieces you should know! Ragtime piano music is characterized by its syncopated rhythm, which simply means that the accent is unexpectedly placed on the off beat, like the 2nd beat and the 4th beat in a 4/4 time rhythm. This “offbeat” style became famous at the turn of the 20th century with songs written by Scott Joplin like “The Entertainer” and “Map
How to Become a Piano Technician | Skills and Demands
If you have a natural curiosity for how things work, then you've probably spent more than a few moments' thought on not just the general maintenance of your piano, but also piano tuning. Unlike a string instrument, where a few pegs allow you to tune your instrument, piano tuning requires a professional. What Does a Piano Technician Do? A piano technician doesn't just tune your piano; he or she will carry out repairs and maintenance to allow you to get the best out of your instrument, and eve
5 New (and Fun) Piano Practice Warm-Up Routines
Are you in search of some new piano practice warm-up routines? Below, piano teacher Liz T. shares some fun piano practice warm-ups you can try before your next practice... You wouldn't go for an hour-long run before properly warming up. So, why wouldn't you warm-up before an hour-long piano practice session or lesson? No matter what instrument you play, it’s extremely important that you go through a series of warm-ups before you start playing. In this post, we will discuss
What's the Hardest Piece to Play on Piano? And How to Advance Your Playing
The piano was invented over 300 years ago. Since then there have been some insanely difficult pieces written for the instrument, particularly from the 19th century onward. The most common choice for “most difficult piece” is probably the third etude from Grandes études de Paganini, S. 141, “La campanella,” written by Franz Liszt in 1851. The dexterity and accuracy required to play it seems, to most observers, to be almost otherworldly. A YouTuber named Rousseau made a video that s