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Practice > Scales and the Circle of Fifths

Now comes the exciting part! I knew it was hard to make scales exciting, but trying to find a good tutorial on YouTube tells me it may be impossible.  There are some high quality demonstrations of individual scales on pianolessons.com, but the introduction is missing some key information.  Go ahead and watch it, then come [...]

By | March 9th, 2010|Piano, Theory|

Play > Don’t Stop Believin’

True Love, Ironic Pleasure, or Gag me with a spoon? Now matter how you feel about the song, there's no denying that Don't Stop Believin' came back in a big way.  And it's stayed back.  From the Soprano's finale to Broadway's Rock of Ages to Glee, it just can't be avoided.  In 2008, Journey's iconic [...]

By | February 25th, 2010|Piano, Songs|

Theory 101: Basic Intervals

Type "music intervals" into Google and you get over 5 million results, most of them useless.  They are either too long or too complicated or of poor quality or just plain wrong.  The best introduction to intervals I found was at pianolessons.com.  The YouTube video is below, or you can see the video along with [...]

By | February 22nd, 2010|Piano, Theory|