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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…

Why I Stopped Obsessing About Practice… and How It Helped Me

If you want to improve at anything, you MUST work at it.    That is an absolute truth. And I definitely believe that you should work super crazy hard to achieve your dreams. And if one of those dreams is playing the piano, then you cannot avoid practice.    When I was a high school student, I coasted…

It’s normal to get bored or hit a plateau or just feel over all resistance to practice! So when this happens, what should you do?   I have a few ideas. After 20 something years of playing piano, I’m often amazed that I still enjoy playing. But if I’m totally honest with you, I can’t say it’s…

How To Learn Piano For Free (All On This Blog!)

  I’ve been working this blog for a little over 7 months now, so I’ve built up quite a collection of informative articles and lessons! I thought it would be fun to put together a compilation of the best posts to help any beginner get started. With this list, anyone can get a piano practice…

How To Improvise On Piano: A Super Easy Guide For Beginners

Improvising is easy. Anyone can do it. Even if you’ve never played a single song on the piano, I’m sure you can improvise. Honestly, I don’t know why students aren’t taught this in every piano lesson.   Do you remember taking art classes in school? Remember learning the color wheel and learning how to mix…

How To Save Money On Piano Lessons: 6 Ways

Piano lessons are expensive. Even if you have a student-teacher who charges half the going rate, it’s still quite an investment to make each month. Here are some surprising (and not so surprising) ways to save money.   1. Know what you want to learn.    Most students jump into piano lessons because they simply…

Do You Have Piano Anxiety?

In high school, my Math grades were the WORST. I could barely pass my classes. I can’t explain why, but for some reason I panicked every time I had to do my Math homework. Of course, that didn’t help things. If someone tried to help me understand something I couldn’t really listen. It was like they…

How Important Is Note Reading?

I remember a (very talented) student defiantly saying to me “Paul McCartney can’t read music, so why should I?”  The first thing I thought is, “Is that true?” Then I realized it doesn’t matter. Because Paul McCartney is a freakin’ genius and he understands Music Theory whether he can read music or not. And that’s…

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…