Helpful Ideas for
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Principles of Motivation

Acclaimed piano pedagogue Carole L. Bigler gives the low-down on motivating children to practice the piano. (52:02, 42mb)

 

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Mastering Fractures, Part 2

Every piece has its fractures. By identifying them and mastering them thoroughly, we're able to enjoy playing our favourite music.

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Mastering Fractures, Part 1

With delight, I discovered the 2011 re-issue of Charles Cooke's classic book, Playing the Piano For Pleasure. This is one of my favourites.

 

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How Many Repetitions Is Best?

My first music teacher gave me a simple, effective way to know how many repetitions is enough ...

 

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Music Theory in Practice

The phrase 'music theory in practice' is searched for in Google five thousand times a month. What does it mean?

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Easy Piano Music For Beginners

For easy piano songs to play and enjoy, an excellent series is PreTime Piano by Nancy and Randall Faber ...

 

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The Zen Way To Excellence and Enjoyment

You don't have to be a Zen aficionado or a guitar player to enjoy Philip Toshio Sudo's book Zen Guitar. It's "for anyone who is willing to be in a creative mind"

 

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The Amazing Piano Lessons On Your Mac

Mac-owners, are you looking for lessons to help you play piano? Apple's GarageBand™ is pre-installed on all Macs with world-class video tutorials ...

 

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A Question About Guitar Scales

A reader asks, "So if i know the intervals of a certain scale and know the notes it has in it but don't know exactly where they are on the fret board... are there like some basic rules?"

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The Backwards Game

Smoothing out a rough spot in your music requires practice. Well, of course it does. But what kind of practice? Some methods bring mastery sooner than others ...

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Magic Rhythms

Want to make sure that a rapid passage is fluid? Play it in rhythms ...

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The Orange Analogy

Music performance is like an orange ...

 

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Principles of Motivation

When children love practicing...

 

cover of mastering the piano series volume 7

Mastering Fractures, Part 2

How to master the hard bits quickly.

cover of Playing the Piano For Pleasure book

Mastering Fractures, Part 1

A classic practice guide re-issued. This is one of my favourites.

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How Many Repetitions Is Best?

The best number of times to practice hard passages.

image of music's circle of fifths

Music Theory in Practice

What does this commonly-searched expression mean?

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Easy Piano Music For Beginners

Excellent five-finger piano books.

 

picture of zen guitar book cover

The Zen Way To Excellence and Enjoyment

A masterful work on creativity and practice.

 

lesson

The Amazing Piano Lessons On Your Mac

Macs come with great piano-learning videos onboard.

 

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A Question About Guitar Scales

Finding notes on the fretboard.

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The Backwards Game

A best-of method for smoothing rough passages.

music snippet

Magic Rhythms

How to make rapid passages fluid.

picture of orange

The Orange Analogy

Music performance is like an orange.

 

audio icon

Principles of Motivation

When children love practicing...

 

cover of mastering the piano series volume 7

Mastering Fractures, Part 2

How to master the hard bits quickly.

cover of Playing the Piano For Pleasure book

Mastering Fractures, Part 1

A classic practice guide re-issued.

image for practice repetitions

How Many Repetitions Is Best?

The best number of times to practice hard passages.

the circle of fifths

Music Theory in Practice

What does this commonly-searched expression mean?

easy beginner piano music

Easy Piano Music For Beginners

Excellent five-finger piano books.

picture of zen guitar book cover

The Zen Way To Excellence and Enjoyment

A masterful work on creativity and practice.

lesson

The Amazing Piano Lessons On Your Mac

Macs come with great piano-learning videos onboard.

picture of frets on guitar neck

A Question About Guitar Scales

Finding notes on the fretboard.

picture of abacus

The Backwards Game

A best-of method for smoothing rough passages.

music snippet

Magic Rhythms

How to make rapid passages fluid.

picture of orange

The Orange Analogy

Music performance is like an orange.

 

young girl at piano lesson

"Thank you for the great year that Rachel has had. You really made it fun to learn."
–J. Shane