By Bella Payne

How The Beatles Mastered Music Theory

Jazz and Classical music are wonderful genres to teach if you want your students to understand all the depth behind good music. These two genres offer key changes, advanced harmonies/chords, mixed meters and all kinds of tricky concepts. Perfect food for music nerds!   While I can appreciate a good pop tune, the thing that…

The Best Gifts For Music Lovers

The holiday shopping period is here. Are you ready? Me neither.   I was shopping at Marshalls a little over a week ago and it hit me that in just one week, people are going to be creating chaos in that very same store as well as many other stores across America… THAT is when I…

Black Friday Deals

Black Friday is here! That means I’m doing a weekend- long sale of the full course INTRO TO POP/ROCK CHORDS and the package of 4 PRIVATE LESSONS! Here’s what’s up: The course is a whopping 60% off! That means, instead of $99, it’s only $39! This sale will last until Sunday. Buy it here.  …

How To Host A Sing Along Christmas Party

Can you believe we’re just 2 weeks away from the Holiday Party Season? Yeah. It’s true. And you know most of those parties are gonna have a piano. Maybe you’re hosting a party? Well… if so, why not make part of it a sing along?   Everyone loves to sing Christmas music and you know…

How To Play ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM By The Everly Brothers

  Click HERE to get your free lead sheet!   Lately, I’ve been posting more challenging tutorials like Hallelujah (R.I.P. Leonard Cohen) and Thriller. Well. Here’s a nice easy number you could learn in a just couple afternoons. Maybe spend one day working on section A and then another working on section B.   ALL…

4 Books On Living A Creative & Inspiring Life

There’s an elephant in the room everywhere I go. I don’t know if everyone feels it, but I do. Every one I come in contact with, whether it’s a friend or a colleague or a clerk at the grocery store, I can feel it. I want to say something, but in polite society, you don’t…

Let’s Get Organized: A Free Piano Practice Log Just For You

Hello, hello!   I hope you guys enjoyed the last tutorial of THRILLER. And I also hope you had a fabulous Halloween! I spent the evening passing out candy to adorable little goblins and watching the newest spooky craze (at least in the States, that is) BLACK MIRROR. OMG I love that show.   I’m…

Full Piano Lesson: How To Play THRILLER By Michael Jackson

To hear the FULL LENGTH DEMO version of this song, click watch this:   BOO!  Did I scare you?   Well, it is the season after all. And since it’s Halloween season, I wanted to create a tutorial just perfect for all you modern music lovers and of course, THRILLER was the first song I thought…

What’s New: Videos Just For Instagram

Hey there, piano lovers!   I hope you all had a great weekend. I had a nice time. Heard some great live Jazz at LACMA (L.A. County Museum of Art) Friday night. Always a good time. Then I saw the new Kevin Hart movie. OH. MY. GAWD. So funny!!!!   And you know what else I’ve…

How To Play Hallelujah: A Full Length Piano Lesson

Ok everyone! Time for a full piano lesson. Today we’re learning “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. You may also know the Jeff Buckley version or maybe Rufus Wainwright or maybe K.D. Lang.   Jeeze! There are a lot of versions of this song.   Well. Here’s YOUR version on the PIANO. Don’t forget to download the…