Category Archives: Piano Skills for Singers

Random Songs I Like #8 – Midnight Sky

Another song in my #RandomSongsILike series, this is such an addictive song to listen to.  Miley was heavily inspired by the Stevie Nicks song “Edge of Seventeen”, which is another awesomely addictive song.  I wanted to try some piano fireworks on this one to match the crazy intensity of the song and all the vocal belting.  Let me know if you dig it!

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How to Practice Singing During a Pandemic: 5 Singer/Teachers Share Their Top Three Tips

I was super excited when singer, voice teacher and podcaster Valerie Day asked me to contribute to her most recent blog post.  In it, you’ll hear my top three tips that I share with all my students.

READ THE ARTICLE HERE

Article published in Classical Singer Magazine’s blog!

I was super excited to be published in Classical Singer Magazine‘s blog this week!  They reached out to me to see if I would share how my work for Piano Skills for Singers would translate to the classical world.  YES – faking is for EVERYONE!!

In my experience as a professional pianist, vocalist and educator, I have found that one of the weakest links in the vocalist community is a lack of functional keyboard skills.  This deficiency creates a huge handicap for singers and educators, keeping them from positions as section leaders, music directors and teachers.  In the post-pandemic world, singers are going to need as many tools as possible in their toolkit to carve out a livelihood. Continue reading here

Full Voice Podcast

I was delighted to be a guest on Nikki Loney’s amazing Full Voice Podcast.  Nikki is a fellow Canadian and is a wonderful singer and voice teacher.  She also owns the totally AMAZING company The Full Voice, which is an amazing series of workbooks, songs an resources for voice teachers who work with children.  I am such a fan of here, so I was extra excited when she asked me to be on her very popular podcast!

We talked about my online courses, especially Piano Skills for Singers and the brand-new Crash Course in Solfege Courses!

LISTEN HERE!

 

 

How to Walk a Bass Line

Calling all jazzers (or aspiring jazzers)!  This awesome video is going to teach you how to walk a bass line on any jazz standard.  It is super easy and straight ahead and I will take you step-by-step into how to walk and authentic jazz bass line.

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Want to learn jazz piano?  Check out my online course Jazz Piano Accompaniment, which teaches you everything I list in this blog post.

There’s More Than One Way to Split the Octave

If you are working on scales, chords, technical drills or chord progressions, you should be practicing them in 12 keys! This video will give you some great ideas on how to practice in different ways, to achieve mastery quicker and without relying only on muscle memory!

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Want to learn jazz piano?  Check out my online course Jazz Piano Accompaniment, which teaches you everything I list in this blog post.

Vocal Jazz Introductions

Every singer and instrumentalist should have an arsenal of great introductions at the ready. In this video, I will show you how to play 9 of the best introductions, which are perfect for instrumental or vocal jazz!

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Want to learn jazz piano?  Check out my online course Jazz Piano Accompaniment, which teaches you everything I list in this blog post.

Downbeats and Upbeats Workout

Every singer and instrumentalist should have an arsenal of great introductions at the ready. In this video, I will show you how to play 9 of the best introductions, which are perfect for instrumental or vocal jazz!

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Want to learn jazz piano?  Check out my online course Jazz Piano Accompaniment, which teaches you everything I list in this blog post.