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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…

Terms Every Piano Beginner Needs To Know

Music is a language, that’s for sure.   But it’s different from languages like English, Spanish, Chinese, Pig Latin, etcetera etcetera. It’s mathematical and symbolic and it also includes a vocabulary list.   Having to memorize all those secret codes we call “notes” as well as math formulas we call “harmony” can be so overwhelming.…

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…

Beach Boys Piano Tutorial

Beach Boys Tutorial: DON’T WORRY BABY

  This Beach Boys song was requested by one of my subscribers, Tenille, who appears to have a healthy Beach Boys addiction happening, of which I thoroughly approve!   As a side note, may I brag for a moment and tell you I recorded my last album in the same studio as the Pet Sounds…

How Music Helps With Math (In Layman’s Terms)

Do a Google search on “How Music Helps With Math” and you will surely see multiple pages with links to articles by serious Science journals as well as music teachers like me. So I know it isn’t news to you that music lessons help strengthen Math skills. But here’s the thing: I feel like every time…

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 Read Music: Intervals

  READING music is tricky for most people. As I mentioned in a previous post, I pretty much struggled all through my own early education. With my young students, I like to call it a “secret code”. I’m not too far off. It’s a bunch of dots and foreign symbols placed onto tiny spaces and…