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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 […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Does music make you smarter? What the science says about learning/playing an instrument (Mozart Effect and all)

By Ugo Onwutalu It has often been said in various promotional material, media and popular culture that learning a musical instrument and listening to music has numerous benefits amongst which are the increase in memory, learning capacity, overall intelligence and emotional well-being. This reminds me of the Mozart Effect  popularised years ago as […]