Moonlight Sonata

Is there a piano piece that is more well-known than the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven? Well, maybe. But, Moonlight Sonata is right up there at the top of the list. Even people who don’t know or like classical music like this piece. And almost everyone who plays the piano at Continue reading “Moonlight Sonata” »

Yiruma 이루마 – River Flows In You

Before I started my YouTube channel, I had never heard of Yiruma. I know, I know. But I promise, I actually don’t live under a rock. Anyway, I have gotten so many requests for his music, more than for any other artist. So, I’m starting a series of tutorials for his pieces, and here is the first one, River Flows In You. Continue reading “Yiruma 이루마 – River Flows In You” »

Beauty and the Beast

Hi Everyone!

I haven’t updated in a while, and I will tell you that story soon. For now, here’s a tutorial that was very highly requested. I arranged a piano cover of the Ariana Grande and John Legend version of the theme song from the new movie, Beauty and the Beast. I love how it turned out. Continue reading “Beauty and the Beast” »

La La Land

I saw La La Land a couple of weeks ago, and I was absolutely surprised at how much I loved it! Having grown up in L.A. and lived there for most of my life, I was curious about how the city would be portrayed in the movie. I also was kind of afraid it would be a predictable sugary-sweet love story.

Well, I’m glad to say that story was really well written and the acting, superb. I won’t give away any spoilers in case you haven’t seen it. Just trust me, if you like musicals, you need to see this movie. Continue reading “La La Land” »

Piano Technique Exercises!

Get a head start on the most common New Year’s resolution – getting in shape! These two exercises will work out your fingers so that you can improve your playing of the songs and pieces that you love.

Technique exercises have been used for hundreds of years to target specific aspects of playing the piano. They range from very simple, repetitive patterns to intricate and beautiful pieces that could easily be played in a concert setting. Ever heard any of Chopin’s Etudes? Well, an etude is an exercise designed to work on a specific skill. Chopin, as well as other genius composers, took the idea of “exercising” at the piano to the next level, composing masterpieces that have become favorites of concert repertoire. Continue reading “Piano Technique Exercises!” »

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

There Christmas Song, written more than 70 years ago, continues to be a holiday favorite, generation after generation. I certainly love to sing and play it. So, when one of my viewers asked for a tutorial, I was really excited to make an arrangement with lots of jazz harmonies. I play it Continue reading “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)” »

Dear Marina: What’s the Best Way to Use the Metronome?

Dear Marina,

I’ve been teaching myself to play the piano for years, and just recently started taking lessons with a local teacher. She has shown me things I wish I had known years ago that would have helped me greatly, but I just didn’t know what it was that I didn’t know. For example, the importance of using a metronome and how to practice with one. Continue reading “Dear Marina: What’s the Best Way to Use the Metronome?” »

Lovesong

The Cure had a lot of pop hits in the 80s and early 90s. Their songs were actually really well crafted and lend themselves to different interpretations.

Adele did a cover of “Lovesong” that really showcased the harmonic and lyric beauty of the song. One of my students asked me to show him how to play that version, so I decided to make a tutorial. Continue reading “Lovesong” »

Mozart Rondo Alla Turca Part 6 – Piano Tutorial

Good news for those of you who have been asking for Part 6 of this series! If you’ve learned Part 1, 2, and 3, then you already know everything you need to know for this tutorial. Here’s what Part 6 looks and sounds like:

Here’s how the piece is put together (the map):

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 3
Part 1
Part 2
Part 7
Part 8

Tutorials for Parts 7 and 8 are coming soon!