Learning Piano as an adult: Why it’s never too late
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by Chris Vance
1M ago
I strongly believe that learning the piano as an adult is one of the best times to start, if not the absolute best! Are you an adult who wants to learn piano but hesitates because you feel it might be too late? If this is you, you’ve come to the right place. Many adults believe that acquiring a new skill, whether it’s learning a musical instrument or a new language, is exclusively for the young. Today, we’re going to put those fears to rest. In this blog post, we’ll debunk common myths about adult learning, explore how learning the piano as an adult can enhance your life, and offer practical t ..read more
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Easy songs to play on the piano
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by Playground Sessions
2M ago
There’s nothing quite like playing a song on the piano, whether it’s for yourself, playing for friends or family, or even playing for a larger crowd. The piano is such a beautiful instrument. Whether you’re just starting out on the piano, or have some experience, searching for easy songs to play on the piano makes a whole lot of sense. Surprisingly, when you find songs where the melody is simple, and the rhythms aren’t too tricky, sometimes these songs end up being the most beautiful of all. Playing complex music isn’t always necessary to captivate listeners with your performance. At Playgroun ..read more
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Piano Chord Inversions Explained — A Comprehensive Guide
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by Wi Chen
5M ago
Welcome to our exploration of piano chords. Here, we’re going to dive into the world of chord inversions. Let me start by expressing my love for playing chords on the piano. Chords truly bring the piano to life and are incredibly enjoyable to play. One of the fascinating aspects of chords is their versatility in creating various sounds, each evoking different emotions. In addition to choosing chords to stir emotions on the piano, it’s also crucial to consider how to transition smoothly from one chord to another, especially when these transitions need to happen quickly. This is where the concep ..read more
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Mastering the keys: the legacy of Hanon’s piano exercises and why they matter
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by Playground Sessions
6M ago
The Hanon exercises are one of the most timeless and influential methods to develop good piano technique. The renowned Hanon exercises are considered the foundation to reaching piano mastery by many. If you’re serious about learning piano, and really want to play more challenging pieces on the piano, familiarizing yourself and ultimately practicing Hanon will go a long way in helping you reach your goals. The history of Hanon’s piano exercises Charles-Louis Hanon (1819–1900) was a French piano pedagogue (teacher) and composer. He is most famous for his work “The Virtuoso Pianist in 60 Exe ..read more
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How to play any major scale on the piano
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by Playground Sessions
8M ago
Mastering major scales on the piano is essential to understanding the structure of music and improving your playing technique. Our previous post on scales introduced you to 10 crucial piano scales, including major, minor, and chromatic scales. This article will focus exclusively on mastering major scales on the piano. Major scales are foundational to Western music, forming the backbone for many songs, melodies, and harmonies. Their bright and joyful sound stands in stark contrast to the more melancholic minor scales. Relationship between scales and keys In music, the term “key” signifies the c ..read more
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Learning piano as an adult: Tips to begin your musical journey
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by Chris Vance
9M ago
Embarking on the piano journey often conjures images of children sitting earnestly at the keyboard. However, diving into the world of learning piano as an adult presents its own set of enriching experiences. If you’ve contemplated this musical undertaking, here’s a medley of tips to harmonize your journey. 1. Age doesn’t define ability Starting your musical journey as an adult isn’t about beginning late but embarking anew. While children may boast youthful agility, adults bring to the table patience, dedication, and a wealth of life experiences that can enhance the learning process. 2. Dive in ..read more
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Play Countless Piano Songs With These Easy Piano Chords
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by David Sides
1y ago
Playing songs on the piano is a fun and rewarding hobby, but going through the process of learning songs can seem overwhelming for beginners at first. Each song comes with a unique melody that’s set to various rhythms and supported by harmonies. So when you look at a song through that lens, it’s no wonder why learning each new song could feel challenging. But what if I told you that despite the different melodies, harmonies, and rhythms, by learning how to play just 4 easy piano chords you can easily play countless songs on the piano? That’s right! With just 4 simple chords, you can play hundr ..read more
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10 Piano Scales Every Beginner Should Learn
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by Chris Vance
1y ago
As a beginner learning how to play piano, developing a strong foundation in scales is highly beneficial. Practicing scales helps familiarize yourself with the keyboard, improve finger dexterity, and gain an understanding of music theory concepts. In addition, scales greatly enhance ear training and serve as effective warm-up exercises to prepare your fingers for playing! Advantages of Learning Piano Scales Specifically, learning and practicing piano scales as a beginner can offer the following advantages… Technique Development: Scales help develop proper piano technique, including finger ind ..read more
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The Benefits of Learning Piano Online
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by Chris Vance
1y ago
There are so many wonderful benefits to learning to play the piano. It’s a skill that is destined to bring you joy for your entire life. Fortunately, with the advancement of technology in recent years, learning to play the piano has become easier, more fun, more convenient, and even more affordable for many. Now, with the popularity of online piano lessons, the masses can more easily unlock the joy of playing the piano for themselves. In this post, we will explore the possibilities and benefits of learning piano online. Convenience One of the best things about learning piano online is the conv ..read more
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Everything You Should Know About Piano Pedals
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by David Sides
1y ago
When it comes to musical instruments, one of the main differences between the piano and other instruments is that the piano is designed in a way that allows its player to more easily control a wide array of sounds.  One of the most commonly known ways that it accomplishes this is through the use of dynamics. If you want to play something that’s nice and soft, just press lightly on the keys. If you want to play something loud and energetic, press harder on the keys. Pretty straightforward. But what if I told you that along with lending itself well to easily control dynamics, the piano also ..read more
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