From December, 2015

How To Play C Major Scale + Chords

  So you know how I preached about playing scales in my last post? Well, if you don’t know how to play one yet, here you go! This video shows you the basic way to play a Major Scale. I have the best fingering for you to use, and you will be able to use…

Do Scales Really Matter?

Most students hate playing scales and I can’t say I blame them. They’re boring. Tedious. They don’t actually sound like anything either. So I totally get why students reject them if they can get away with it. As a teacher myself, I often put off teaching scales until the 3rd or 4th lesson. But there…

Contest Winner Announced!

  Congratulations to the Free Private Lesson contest winner, Maeva Ralafiarindaza! For those of you who entered, don’t worry. I will have more contests in the future, and of course, I will continue to put out free, helpful content. Maeva has requested a lesson on chord theory, technical exercises, and overall note reading help. I’ll let…

9 Ways Playing Piano Helps With Self-Growth

When I’m teaching piano lessons, I always catch myself saying something in relation to music that I realize could also be applied to life. I often use the analogy of transitions in music being similar to transitions in life. Music students have to learn how to be graceful about it which can be tough. It…

Craft a Creative Practice Session

WHAT is the biggest hurdle piano students have to overcome? It isn’t reading sixteenth notes and it isn’t playing scales with both hands. It’s developing a good practice. Usually your teacher will tell you to practice, but so many of us forget to tell you how to practice. Don’t be mad at us… it’s just been a long…