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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 […]

Tips To Buy Pre-Owned/Used Upright Pianos Up For Sale

By Nick Williams  When it comes to pre-owned/used products and instruments, there are loads of questions that come to mind. So when deciding to buy a pre-owned upright piano, it’s easy to worry. Buying a piano that fits your budget shouldn’t be an difficult task, however the wrong information can […]

10 Ways to Stand Out While Playing an Outdoor Street Piano

By Colin Forrester You see it. Standing there on its own begging to be played. Maybe someone is playing it to a half-decent level and you feel you could do something similar but you talk yourself out if it. You’re ‘not confident‘/don’t have the time/don’t want to cause a scene/be […]

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

9 top tips for performing well in music exams

The word “exam” strikes fear in the hearts of many. Of course it doesn’t have to be that way if you approach it with the right attitude. 1. Prepare as well as you can so that whatever the result, you can truly say you did your very best. Sometimes not […]

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4 Ways to Improve Your Songwriting

By Bynn Alexander   If you have dabbled in songwriting but have found yourself disappointed with your efforts, it’s easy to get discouraged. Equally frustrating is when you think your songs are good, but they fail to interest others, to the point where you start to second-guess your abilities. Yes, […]