5 Tips For Piano Success

5 Tips For Piano Success

What is Piano Success? Success very subjective and each student will have their own definition of success at the piano. For one student, piano success might be as simple as learning one song at the piano. For another student, success at the piano might mean writing...
Jazzy Wedding March Arrangement

Jazzy Wedding March Arrangement

A student of mine asked about “jazzing” up the Wedding March by Mendelssohn, so I am taking this opportunity to explain how to create an arrangement from scratch using the Wedding March as a springboard. In this article I am only going to cover the first...
Understanding Tritones & Chord Substitutions

Understanding Tritones & Chord Substitutions

Tritones definitely add spice to your playing. But, many people are confused when it comes to using them. In this article, I am going to explain: The Tritone What is Resolution? Dominant Motion (Resolution) ii-V-I’s Using Tritones in ii-V-I’s The Tritone...
How To Build Your Piano Repertoire

How To Build Your Piano Repertoire

Having a repertoire of songs that you can play at a moments notice is the goal of most pianists. To be able to recall hundreds of songs from memory is not some kind of magic trick. The kind of memory recall needed to bang out just about any tune you hear requires...
Learning Songs At The Piano Faster

Learning Songs At The Piano Faster

Would you like to learn a song a week at the piano? Do you wish you could memorize songs? Do you need sheet music in order to play the piano? Do find it difficult to play music with others because you don’t know common songs? Have you ever been in a situation...
In The Room With…John Lurie

In The Room With…John Lurie

Grammy-nominated composer John Lurie is perhaps best known for his saxophone playing in the downtown NYC outfit The Lounge Lizards, a fixture of the Big Apple’s avant-garde jazz scene in the 1980s and ‘90s, and a darling of the European festival circuit. When not...
In The Room With Bill Payne

In The Room With Bill Payne

Coming up on 45 years as a founding member of Little Feat and highly sought-after session artist, Bill Payne has worked with a rolodex of rock and roll. Exposed to what he describes as the “pageantry of music” playing as a youth in his church in Southern California,...
Triad-Exercises

Triad-Exercises

In this article, I’m going to share with you a few ways to practice your triads that will add some ‘spice’ to your playing. I’ll be covering these techniques in a future video lesson. This article is a great preparation for you to work on...
Notes From The Bungalow Vol. 15

Notes From The Bungalow Vol. 15

MOOC STAR During a recent telecast of Charlie Rose, a nightly PBS talk show, the host mediated a roundtable discussion about the rise of Massive Open Online Courses, aka MOOCs. One of the guests, Anant Agarwal, CEO of edX, said the growing popularity of such classes...
Creating Your Personal Piano Plan

Creating Your Personal Piano Plan

It is a challenge to learn an instrument. You begin with a burning desire to express yourself through music but soon you realize just how much of a commitment it is. If you’re like most students, you will progress quickly during the first few months but then you...
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