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What music new year’s resolutions have you made?

Sometime ago, I wrote a blog post call ‘Why Smart Work Is Overrated In Music‘ explaining that looking for shortcuts won’t always help you reach your goal faster. I got criticised by some readers for being ‘negative’, when in fact, I was purely being realistic about what it takes to do […]

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Beginners piano learning tips – part 2

  Tip 1 – Set a goal Have a goal every time you sit down to practice playing piano scales and arpeggios over and over ‘will not’ improve your playing. A goal would be to master a chosen piece within a certain amount of time by practicing it for 15 […]

The best free & paid sites for submitting your music/band press release and promoting your concert/gig

By Gavin Peterson The following list of sites accept releases for free or paid (as 5/10/11):       Press release point Submission Fee: Free Accept image(s): 0 Registration required: Yes Indexed by news.google.com: Yes http://www.pressreleasepoint.com/  Pr.com  Submission Fee: Free Accept image(s): 0 Registration required: Yes Indexed by news.google.com: Yes http://www.pr.com  MediaSyndicate.com […]

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Jazz/blues piano video series – part 4: putting it all together with both hands

This 4th and final video in the series puts what you learned in the last 3 videos all together using both hands. A recap of what was covered: Jazz/Blues chord progression in C http://www.grademusicworld.com/2013/01/a-basic-introduction-to-jazzblues-piano.html A basic introduction to jazz blues piano video series: scales  http://www.grademusicworld.com/2013/02/a-basic-introduction-to-jazz-blues.html A basic introduction to jazz […]

Major scales lesson – the Black key notes (with chart)

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Ipod learning – how to use audio to teach songs

This post is for teachers and pupils on how to use audio to help learning of songs on piano. It is important for the pupil to be able on some level to develop good aural skills in order for them to play their favourite songs. This means they should be […]