Archive for July, 2009


Music Theory 101: Intervals & Their Qualities

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009
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Intervals are the distance between any two notes, and can be major, minor, perfect, augmented, or diminished.  Watch this short video to see and hear various intervals.

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The Picardy 3rd Ending

Monday, July 27th, 2009
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When a song is in a minor key, but is then ended in a major key, it is termed a “picardy 3rd.” The old tune Greensleeves is an excellent example of the use of a picardy 3rd.

What is a "Picardy 3rd?"

Click on the player below to hear the audio:

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How To Make Your Piano Practice More Fun (Watch video)

Saturday, July 25th, 2009
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Work some variety into your piano practice times. You don’t always have to play the same exercises the same way. On this short video I illustrate how you can take a boring exercise and make it fun by adding staccato, syncoptation, chords, and so on.

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Improving Your Ear By Interval Training (Watch video)

Saturday, July 25th, 2009
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The ability to hear musical sounds and make sense out of them is of crucial importance to any musician. Your ear can be improved by drilling on various musical sounds until you remember them without thinking. On this short video we will drill briefly on intervals — 2nds, 3rds, 4ths, etc.

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Some Ways To Break Up Piano Chords In Your Right Hand (Watch Video)

Thursday, July 23rd, 2009
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Watch the video below to learn some ways of breaking up piano chords with your right hand:

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