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How to learn piano chord progression (with chart to print out)

By Colin Forrester There are many piano methods, especially online piano guides start you off learning chords straight away. In my opinion, this is not the correct way to learn the piano. You should learn the value of notes, rhythm, musical terms, posture, and everything else that has been previously […]

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Music improvisation tips for teachers and pupils

One of the most important aspects in teaching improvisation is to create a situation where the pupil feels safe from negativity. They have to feel that errors are part of the learning process. This in turn, will build confidence and trust – the most important aspect in a teacher-pupil relationship. […]

Music Theory lesson – The Circle of Fifths

The Circle of fifths is a circle of closely related pitches or key tonalities. It shows how the different keys are related to one another. It is usually shown as a circle with the names of keys around it. If you take any key in the circle, its fifth is […]

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List of musical dynamics, articulations and their meanings

Dynamics and articulation are about how each note is played. Without incorporating these into your playing, music will sound ‘one-dimensional’. Below is a list of what you must know to take your performances to the next level. Dynamics Dynamics are indicators of the relative intensity or volume of a musical […]

Does music make you smarter? What the science says about learning/playing an instrument (Mozart Effect and all)

By Ugo Onwutalu It has often been said in various promotional material, media and popular culture that learning a musical instrument and listening to music has numerous benefits amongst which are the increase in memory, learning capacity, overall intelligence and emotional well-being. This reminds me of the Mozart Effect  popularised years ago as […]