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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 […]

The Benefits of Music Instruction in Schools

     Image Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons  By Marcela De Vivo Art and music are usually the first programs to be cut from the school budget. Considered to not be an integral part of learning skills and information that would be useful in the future (on the job, out in […]

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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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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)

if (WIDGETBOX) WIDGETBOX.renderWidget(‘4190c399-fbd3-4146-af29-a0767493d78d’); Get the <a href=”http://www.widgetbox.com/widget/computer-keyboard-piano”>Computer Keyboard Piano</a> widget and many other <a href=”http://www.widgetbox.com/”>great free widgets</a> at <a href=”http://www.widgetbox.com”>Widgetbox</a>! Not seeing a widget? (<a href=”http://docs.widgetbox.com/using-widgets/installing-widgets/why-cant-i-see-my-widget/”>More info</a>) C♯ Major Scale (enharmonic of D♭) C♯, D♯, E♯, F♯, G♯, A♯, B♯, C♯ D flat Major Scale (enharmonic of C♯) D♭, E♭, […]

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 […]