Dear Marina: At What Age Can Children Start Taking Lessons?

Dear Marina,

My son has been taking piano lessons for a couple of years and he loves it. His 4 year old sister is showing very strong interest in playing the piano, as well. But she has a very short attention span, and I don’t believe that she would be able to sit through a typical piano lesson. Should we just let her bang around on the piano like she wants to, or is there a better option for channeling her musical spirit? Continue reading “Dear Marina: At What Age Can Children Start Taking Lessons?” »

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!

The Addams Family Theme Song (Cover) – Easy Piano Tutorial

Here’s a tutorial for The Addams Family Theme Song, requested by my student Marco!

It’s a very easy song to play, both technically and musically. I’ve put in some of the fancy flourishes from the original song, but these are optional. You can leave them out and still play the song, and it will sound great!

Because so many of the sections repeat (either exactly the same way, or with slight modifications), it might be a bit of a challenge to organize the flow of the song. So, I made a little map to help you. Be sure to go to the “Free Downloads” tab and check it out. Continue reading “The Addams Family Theme Song (Cover) – Easy Piano Tutorial” »

Christmas and Chanukah Music!

Hi Everyone!

I’m starting a series of piano tutorials for Christmas and Chanukah music. I know I have my favorite songs, but I’d like to hear yours!

I’ll be making these tutorials at the beginning of October. That might seem like it’s a little too early in the year, but if you want to learn these songs in time to play them by the holidays, then you have to get in kind of early.

Ok, then. Let me know what songs you’d like to learn!

Rondo Alla Turca Piano Tutorial – Part 4!

Rondo Alla Turca Part 4 Piano Tutorial

Here is Part 4 of my Rondo Alla Turca Piano Tutorial series! Mozart sure did know how to write music that would be loved by millions of people all over the world, long after he was gone. Let me know if you want me to keep going with this piece. Continue reading “Rondo Alla Turca Piano Tutorial – Part 4!” »

Rondo Alla Turca (Turkish March) – Part 3!

Rondo Alla Turca Part 3 Thumbnail

Hi Everyone!

When I made the first two tutorial videos for Rondo Alla Turca, I had no idea how many requests I would get for Part 3 and Part 4! And, something tells me that after Part 4 is up, my wonderful viewers will be asking for the rest of the piece, as well. So, my plan is to eventually put up tutorials for the whole thing. Continue reading “Rondo Alla Turca (Turkish March) – Part 3!” »

New Rhythm and Counting Videos!

rhythm graphicI’ve been working very hard on a couple of videos for you. I wanted to explain the basic note and rest counts as well as the basic subdivisions of the beat in a way that could be easily understood by both people just beginning their music education and those who have been at it a while and just need some clarification. I’ve also created a couple of worksheets for you to download so that you can practice the concepts I cover in these videos. To find the worksheets, click on the “Free Downloads” tab at the top of this page. Continue reading “New Rhythm and Counting Videos!” »