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Motivation Monday: What is holding you back?

In my never-ending quest for self-improvement, I am always looking for ways to take a deeper look at my mindset and productivity.  In this case, I take a moment and ask myself the question “ ...
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Faking 101: The Secret Weapon of EVERY piano player

The art of faking piano is about approximating an accompaniment part  We do this using our knowledge of harmony and we use rhythms to estimate the basic gist of the piano part for faking!   ...
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Piano Skills and Ear Training #4

This is video #4 in my Piano Skills and Ear Training series!  This week we will maneuver through the I-IV-V7-I chord progression in all 12 keys using smooth voice leading.  Once we’ve mastered that, ...
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Piano Skills and Ear Training #3

This is video #3 in my Piano Skills and Ear Training series.  In this tutorial, we are going to look at a music theory cadence that is very common in almost all genres of music:  the I IV I V7 I ...
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Piano Skills and Ear Training #2

Play and sing the Perfect Cadence This tutorial is the second in a series of piano skills and ear training tutorials.  This one shows you how to play and sing the Perfect Cadence: an iconic ...
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Piano Skills and Ear Training #1

Want to develop better ears while you also get some new skills together on piano?  In this week’s tutorial, I will show you how to play a simple chord progression on the piano, while you sing.  ...

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