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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 […]

George Ezra – ‘Blame It On Me’ – Blues Piano style

Here’s a video of George Ezras’ ‘Blame It On Me’. The video performance was done with a ‘bluesey’ feel to it. Folk (which some think this song is) and blues (as well as Country, Bluegrass, Gospel and Jazz) have elements which crossover into each other, so I thought it would be fun […]

Sia – Chandelier Piano Cover

I got nagged by students and subscribers to do a piano cover and tutorial of Sia’s song ‘Chandelier’. Well, the cover part is at the end of this post and at some point in the future, a chord sheet and lyrics will be on its way (most likely for the first verse […]

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 […]

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Music Aural lesson: Ear training tips for note recognition (with audio)

By Ugo Onwutalu Firstly this lesson includes audio which requires Quicktime installed. It can be downloaded here. Also, use the virtual piano if you’re not able to get to one at home: if (WIDGETBOX) WIDGETBOX.renderWidget(‘4190c399-fbd3-4146-af29-a0767493d78d’);Get the Computer Keyboard Piano widget and many other great free widgets at Widgetbox! Not seeing […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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Piano Technique Tips: How Not to Offend

By Samantha Coates Technique is an incredibly subjective issue. Get 10 piano teachers in a room and you will have10 different techniques. Dare to criticise someone else’s and you’re in for a long night. I’d like to start this article by describing three personal experiences, all to do with comments […]