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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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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 […]

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. […]

How to maintain good health & fitness as a musician

Watch your posture    If you are learning/play a musical instrument, take note, your body is sacred. This is because the act requires certain physical movements as well as a level of endurance, strength and flexibility, especially in practice where repetition is the norm. At the core of any good […]

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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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 […]