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Barre Chord Basics

Learn all about barre chords and how they are played with this video tutorial. What exactly are barre chords and what makes them so interesting? They are simplistic chords that can be shifted anywhere up and down the neck while retaining the same shape. This allows you to hold the same shape with your hand while moving up and down the neck to play different chords. No need to change finger positions!


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Quickly Tackle Major Chords on the Piano – Video Tutorial

Here’s a great and very effective video that I found for learning to quickly play Major chords on the Piano! This is great for beginners to both visualize and hear how different tones make up a chord on the piano. Remember, he is counting up the scale as he moves up the keys on the piano (C, D, E, F and so forth).

Once you memorize the locations of notes, and formations of chords, you’ll find that piano is very simple. After all, music notation was devised based on the piano! For diagrams of each of the chords he is using in this tutorial, check out our book selections!

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Play piano online with this virtual piano keyboard!

Take a break, have some fun with an online piano game!

Fiddle around with this virtual piano keyboard, and discover the relationship with pitch and keys on the piano.

See how the notes go higher when you play to the right- up- on the piano and vice versa.

Of course the best is to play on your real piano, but on this piano game you can see the relationship between both notes and keys!

If you press the “Loop” button and then “Play”, you can hear your masterpiece (!) play over and over!

You can change the rhythm slightly by adding quarter rests as well.

Have fun!

music generator

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Sviatoslav Richter – Chopin Etude Op. 25 No.11 – Winter Wind

Sviatoslav Richter – Chopin Etude Op. 25 No.11 – Winter Wind

Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin Nocturne E Minor, Op. 72, #1

Sviatoslav Richter plays Chopin Nocturne E Minor, Op. 72, #1

Learn How to Read Bass Clef on the Piano!

Here is an excellent video tutorial on bass clef and how it applies to piano. You will learn all about the bass clef notes and how they are oriented along with the treble clef. Remember that the Middle C is positioned between both the bass clef and the treble clef.

Get out your piano or keyboard and follow along for more hands-on practice as this will help you to visualize and retain the different notes and keys on the keyboard!

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music piano machine

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Itzhak Perlman-Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise

Itzhak Perlman-Rachmaninoff’s Vocalise

Piano Lessons Made Easy!

Have you ever wanted to play piano? Have your kids learn piano? It’s as easy as 1-2-3: 1 is your thumb, 2 is index finger, etc. to 5 for pinky. If you can read, write, and do arithmetic, you can easily learn piano!

In fact, the easiest song to learn is Hot Cross Buns and Mary Had A Little Lamb). You can play these with three fingers of your right hand; put your thumb on middle C (the white key to the left of the two black keys). Start with your middle finger. Here are the finger numbers:

3 2 1 3 2 1 11112222 3 2 1

That’s it! Here’s Mary Had a Little Lamb:

3 2 1 2 3 3 3 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 2 1 2 3 3 3 3 2 2 3 2 1

Spacing represents timing; close numbers are faster; spaces are pauses. Learning to play by ear is the same except for mimicking what you hear rather than what you see. One is hearing the changes in notes, the other is seeing the changes in notes.

It’s best to have a good private teacher, but it is possible to teach yourself or your children for the first year or so with a little effort. Private teachers are an excellent source of knowledge and motivation.

All you need is a book that is self-explanitory. Our book ‘Teach Your Kids First-Year Piano’ is due out January 2011. Most books are not designed for self teaching, they are designed for piano teachers that know the missing information.

Teaching yourself or teaching your child for the first year is very doable. Frederic Chopin was largely self-taught! It’s just a matter of perseverance.

I recommend learning by number with thumbs on middle C. You can also learn by ear this way. Once finger coordination is mastered, rhythm should be introduced. Finally note letters are added. These are the big three which make up the bulk of learning in the first three years.

If your kids are learning, go through their lessons with them. It builds rapport and you learn too! I’ve been playing for 32 years, and I’m still learning. Music is the universal emotional language. Musicians never get bored because there’s always more to learn.