Archive for November, 2011


Arranging “O Christmas Tree” On The Piano With Stacked 4th Voicing (Video)

Monday, November 28th, 2011
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Sometimes if you voice chords in 4ths instead of 3rds you create a more contemporary sound. But it’s not real easy — you have to make sure to get the critical notes of a triad included, and that is often a two-part proceedure.

Watch this short video on some ideas for “O Christmas Tree”:

Then please go to Spectacularly Beautiful Christmas Carols for a series of full DVD courses on arranging Christmas Carols on the piano.

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Once every 200 years or so a musical genius comes along…

Friday, November 11th, 2011
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Once every 200 years or so someone with the talent of a Mozart or a Beethoven comes along. Looks like this 12-year old who studies composition at Juliard might be one of them:

If you’re not a musical genius (I’m sure not!), then you might want to learn as much about music theory as you possible can to help your piano playing. Click Here: Music Theory

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Won’t you be my friend? (Facebook friend)

Monday, November 7th, 2011
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Remember Mr. Rogers? He used to open each show with the warm invitation “Won’t you be my friend?”

Well, I’m not Mr.Rogers, but I sitll would like for you to become my friend on Facebook so you can see all the tons of free piano videos, piano lesson podcasts and articles about piano playing and music.

Please watch this 3-minute video:

Just come on over to Facebook.com/PianoChords and click “like” at the top of the page, and you will see all kinds of exciting stuff about music and piano playing!

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How to find piano playing lessons

Sunday, November 6th, 2011
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How to find piano playing lessons
(guest post – not by Duane)

If you are one of the many people who love music, then you most likely have thought about learning how to play an instrument. Though might sound simple, it takes years of practice to be able to play an instrument well. Some people are lucky enough to have been born with some natural talent, but in order to fully become amazing at a certain instrument, it takes a lot of hard work and patience. One of the simplest yet still challenging instruments to learn is the piano and i’m sure you have tried to play a few times in the past. If you are serious about learning to play the instrument, piano playing lessons are available at almost every city and you just have to take a somewhat strategic approach towards finding the perfect one for you.

Piano Playing Lessons And The Teacher

In order to make the experience worth while, you must realize that the teacher must be very patient and knowledgeable about piano playing. You simply do not want to work with a person who does not have the passion to teach. This is very hard to decipher beforehand but the best way to figuring out about a teacher is through the internet. You will be able to find several reviews on the teacher and if you are not able to find any, it is best to skip them because you want to have the utmost confidence that this teacher will be able to teach you well. Learn how to choose the teacher correctly and you will be one step closer to playing the piano.

Piano Playing Lessons And The Hidden Price Of Using The Wrong Teacher

The price of the lessons is also very important because you do not want to be spending a fortune on a few lessons. Though you might be very excited about the process now, you might not enjoy piano playing and you will just be wasting your money. Commonsense will also say that you should just go with the cheapest teacher and see how that goes. This is also a bad idea because you do not want to sacrifice quality just because you are trying to save a few dollars. You will then have to find a median where you are able to get great quality without having to pay a fortune. Sort through your options and you will definitely find a teacher that you can trust.

Piano playing lessons can be fun and sometimes they can be done with a group of people. This can actually be much cheaper and would be a good idea for those who want to simply just learn the basics. For those who have a true passion for the musical instrument and would like to enhance that talent that they already have, then a personal piano playing teacher would be the better option. No matter how great your teacher is, it will all depend on how hard you work and the time that you put into your practice. With just enough patience and hard work you will definitely be able to play the piano well one day.

Click here to find out if you are a naked piano player.

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Why Take Piano Lessons?

Saturday, November 5th, 2011
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Piano lessons are one of the best ways to enjoy the beauty of this instrument. For some, they always seem to play but are never actually able to play it nicely. Which is why taking piano lessons are truly a great way to enjoy the sound of music. There are many benefits to getting professionally taught, and can be a great way for young kids to learn the value of discipline, art, and music. Understanding chords all on your own is quite a tough task, especially if you have no idea which sounds are what notes. That is why piano lessons are needed to ensure success at playing the piano.

•What are the benefits of piano lessons?

One of the main benefits is the more time you are able to spend on learning. Most of the time, all we ever do is simply play the piano and touch all the notes at different times. This is actually very normal when you are just starting out. However, when you actually take piano lessons, you won’t have to do anything just to play the piano nicely, as you would know exactly what to do whenever you play. Taking lessons can also help you from gaining any bad habits from playing on your own. For example, some people play the piano with very hard hands, so it could be hard to adjust once it develops. When you first take lessons, your coach could always remind you to relax and not be so stiff whenever you’re playing. So it’s pretty useful to get lessons, as you could become a much better pianist if you are just willing to accept other peoples advice. Playing the world’s hardest songs won’t be accomplished immediately, but with the right coach and the correct foundation, you can be on your way to playing the songs you’ve always wanted.

•How to find an instructor.

You can easily find a reputable coach by utilizing the Internet. Go to Google and type in your area, along with “piano lessons”. You should see several websites or music schools pop up showcasing their amazing piano lessons. Despite the many instructors to choose from, try going to a music school who specializes in teaching the piano. Music schools are great to visit, as the teachers are very well trained at these schools. Remember again the results aren’t exactly instant and will take some time, but your hard work will definitely show in the end when you’re playing your favorite songs on the piano.

Playing the piano can be a great asset whether you want to do it for fun or you need it for school. Whatever the reason may be, taking piano lessons can be the best way to see yourself play at your fullest potential. Learning this instrument is quite a tough process and requires lots of work. So don’t give up if you don’t master your favorite songs quickly. Finding a teacher may be hard at first, but can easily be done once you use the Internet.

(Note: This article is not by Duane, but is a guest article)

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