The latest articles for piano students ... or hopeful students, just like you!

  • Flats And Sharps: What Are They + How To Find Them

    Flats And Sharps On The Piano

    Flats and sharps can sometimes confuse new piano players. After learning that there are 6 letters in the musical alphabet, it can be a surprise that there are other ways to name the notes on the piano. I’m sharing what sharps and flats are in music, plus how to find them on the piano.

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  • Creating Major and Minor Chords - A Simple Strategy

    The Theory Behind Creating Major and Minor Chords

    Beginner piano students often have to rely fully on a teacher or other resources (like videos or articles like this). And this works great ... until they realize it's not so easy knowing what the next steps are. Creating chords can feel a little like this. The gap between playing the chords and knowing how…

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  • An Easy Way To Play The "Doo Wop" Pattern On The Piano!

    Easy Way to Play The ‘Doo Wop’ Pattern

    Do you love 50's Americana music? Well, grab your poodle skirts, cardigan sweaters or thin ties because you'll be adding a little 'doo wop' pattern to your playing!

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  • Suspended Chords: An Easy Way To Sound More Advanced

    Suspended Chords: An Easy Way to Sound More Advanced

    Adding suspended chords can quickly take a simple song and make it sound more advanced. And it doesn't require years of music theory to understand or play.

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  • Putting Major + Minor Chords Together - Part 2

    Putting Major And Minor Chords Together – Part 2

    There's one chord progression that appears in a lot of wedding music. One SONG in particular tends to be popular year after year. And, you will be learning the chord progression from that song.

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  • How To Put Major + Minor Chords Together – Part 1

    In Western music we rely heavily on chords to fill out or build songs. But, can Major and minor chords (or other types of chords) play nice with each other in the same song?  Absolutely!  Songs sound pretty amazing when there are different types of chords played after each other (also known as a chord…

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  • How To Find C, D, And E On Your Piano

    Finding C, D, And E On ANY Piano

    Finding notes on the keyboard can be easy with some fantastic landmarks to help you out. Thankfully the piano is perfectly designed for this! To start with, you'll learn where C, D, and E are on your piano!

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  • What Is The Musical Alphabet + How Can I Use It?

    What Is The Musical Alphabet On The Piano?

    The musical alphabet is a fast way to talk about the 88 keys on the piano. And, it’s WAY shorter than the regular alphabet. This simple set of of letters allows musicians to communicate about what they are playing plus where to find those notes quickly and efficiently. P.S. If you haven't read or watch…

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  • How To Play Black Keys On The Piano - Beginner Mini Lesson

    How To Play Black Keys On The Piano (For Beginners)

    Black key groups on the piano are more than just a beginner piano student concept. They're something that EVERY piano player uses. All. The. Time. So, it's important to make sure it's not just theoretical knowledge, but something you can recognize and use in many different ways!

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  • Is Learning Piano Online Effective?

    The 3 Ways Learning Piano Online Is Effective

    What is the one factor that makes learning piano online effective?  The simplest answer: the teacher. And while that's a basic answer, there are 3 ways that the teacher makes (or breaks) the online learning experience.

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