Playing simple 4 chord progressions can open up so many possibilities for students. It can lead them to a better understanding of music and it can give them the skills they need to recover from a mistake in a performance or accompany a singer. One of my favourite activities for piano lessons is chord composing. ... CPTP138: What is 4 Chord Composing All About?
How to Write Your First Piano Chord Progression: Breaking Down the Basics
by Doug Beney
Today we have a guest post which will help your students understand how to create, compose and understand a piano chord progression. We have experienced blogger, musician and writer Doug Beney joining us. Welcome Doug! Doug runs a blog called MIDI Lifestyle, all about technology and software in music. You can check it out here. ... How to Write Your First Piano Chord Progression: Breaking Down the Basics
Why teaching music reading is the wrong way to teach piano [Part 1]
by Paul Myatt
In this article, Inner Circle Expert teacher Paul Myatt will get you thinking about the order in which you are teaching music. What should come first: reading or listening/creating/singing? As you might have guessed, there is a wealth of evidence to suggest that the best way to teach music is the same as the way we learn to speak ... Why teaching music reading is the wrong way to teach piano [Part 1]
I’m super excited to share this guest post with you by Nicola Cantan. Nicola runs a thriving piano studio in Dublin, Ireland and blogs at Colourful Keys. Nicola’s blog is all about effective practice, teaching ideas and motivating students and it’s great that she’s taken the time to write this article about firing-up those sleepy, over-scheduled piano ... How to WAKE UP a sleepy piano student!
Coldplay “Paradise” – a must-learn for piano teachers
by Tim Topham
If you’re not familiar with this new track by Coldplay, it’s time to get acquainted! It’s getting a huge amount of airplay in Australia, is used regularly on promos for the TV series Revenge, and everyone seems to love it. It’s also become a piece which every kid wants to play on piano! I find ... Coldplay “Paradise” – a must-learn for piano teachers
I normally introduce chord playing for beginners in root position within the first two lessons for a new beginner. Why? Simply because playing triads with the RH and octaves or single bass notes in the LH is instantly fun and sounds really musical. It’s also great practice for learning about harmony and common chord progressions. I ... Chord playing for beginners
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