10 Tips To Speed Up Your Fingers At The Piano

The point of these 10 tips is to get you thinking about how to create exercises. This is only scratching the surface. Try coming up with your own exercises as well. If these are too difficult, try using the simple 5-finger scale in either the right or left hand while...

Learning Another Language…Music!

Learning Another Language…Music! I’m not the first person to draw the correlation between music and language. However, I would like to break down the relationship I see between music and language. More important, I’d like to give some of my thoughts on how these...
5-Minute Latin Piano Groove

5-Minute Latin Piano Groove

One of the hallmarks of latin music is the latin piano breakdown. You know, that section where the band drops out and the piano player is playing some killer rhythmic groove all alone for a few bars before the band re-enters? I remember always loving those piano...
The Dominant 7 Sus4 Chord

The Dominant 7 Sus4 Chord

The dominant 7 sus4 chord (or suspended 4th) is oftentimes a bit of a confusing chord to piano students. In this article, we’ll try to make sense of the dominant 7 sus4 chord by explaining how it’s constructed, the theory behind the “suspended...
Looking to Buy a Piano or Keyboard? (Part 2 of 2)

Looking to Buy a Piano or Keyboard? (Part 2 of 2)

KEYBOARDS Before we get too deep into a whole discussion regarding keyboards, let’s make sure we understand some of the basic terminology that is commonly encountered. Digital pianos - electronic instruments meant to emulate a real acoustic piano as closely as...
Body And Soul Analysis (Song Analysis Part 2)

Body And Soul Analysis (Song Analysis Part 2)

In my last article I laid out some of the reasons why song analysis is so important for us musicians to practice. I gave you a challenge in the last article to look at the jazz piano standard Body And Soul and try to quickly grab these three pieces of information:...
Why Song Analysis is Critical (Part 1)

Why Song Analysis is Critical (Part 1)

When I look at a piece of music, I start to analyze the song right away. I used to do this even in college when looking at classical pieces. I was always getting distracted while playing Bach chorales because I was so enthralled with the harmonies and wanted to...
Pentatonic Scale and Quartals

Pentatonic Scale and Quartals

I just recently recorded a Live-to-Library lesson on Advanced Quartals and Pentatonics. Not only was this our most popular Live-to-Library course to date, it was also filled with a bunch of questions from students! So many students wanted to know the next steps in how...
When I Fall In Love Solo Piano

When I Fall In Love Solo Piano

In this article we’re going to tackle the beautiful jazz standard “When I Fall in Love,” solo piano. We’re going to look at a very common reharmonization technique that jazz pianists use on this tune. “Reharmonization” means to take...
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