There are many questions that new students ask regarding what to expect from taking piano lessons. The answers to these most common questions will vary from teacher to teacher, and from method to method. I am answering these questions in my own perspective and using the course that I developed. How do I learn online without an instructor? What do I need to get started learning piano? When will I be able to play my favorite songs? What types of music do you teach? I have a keyboard, not a piano, will that work? How much do I need to practice? What level will I be at the end of the course? What kind of piano or keyboard do I need? Continue Reading
How to Play Love me Tender – Last Minute Gift for Mom!
I am going to walk you through how to play this song, and in about an hour of practice, you will be ready to do a video of yourself on your smart phone and send it to your mother for Mother's Day. Yes, I have used this song in the past, but this time, I want you to create video of it for Mother's Day and send it to her. :-) The last video is a special dedication to the mother of the student in this video. It's a perfect example of why "perfection" is overrated - this imperfect performance will touch your heart and a special gift for anyone to receive. I hope this inspires you to have fun on the piano and know that perfection isn't the goal, having fun and touching lives is more Continue Reading
Happy St Patricks Day!
Here's a fun song for you to learn and enjoy playing all year! It's simple, fun and gives you a break from your normal lesson material! This song, The Irish Folk Song is a world loved melody that gets stuck in your head all day! :-) Follow this link to where you can watch the step by step videos and download the sheet music! http://www.iplayerhd.com/player/irish Enjoy! And....if you haven't received your free membership to my entire course yet, please visit the Free Lesson tab above to find out more and sign up! Continue Reading
Piano Lessons and Your Success
Recently, a student emailed me this question: "Can you guarantee that I will be successful with your piano course?" I thought about that, and here is how I responded: "As you know, your success lies in how often you practice. I can't tell you that you will be successful because I don't know how much you will practice. However, what I can do is assure you is that the curriculum continues to be presented in very easy to follow instruction and in small increments so that you can progress without confusion. I can also assure you that you will receive a very high quality level of support as a preferred member. I hope this helps you feel more comfortable with trusting that if Continue Reading
Do You Have Clumsy Finger Syndrome?
Does this sound like you?...... "I can play my right hand perfectly, but I can't get my left hand to cooperate." "My songs don't sound like they're supposed to sound because I make too many mistakes." "My songs sound choppy and slow even after hours of practice!" "I have to keep starting over because I get confused with where my fingers are supposed to be!" "I can't keep the rhythm right!" "I can't think and move fast enough!" "I know what I am supposed to do, but I can't do it!" "My mind goes blank even after I memorize something!" Eventually, you find yourself saying things like... "I'm just not musically inclined." "I don't have the talent to play the piano." "This is Continue Reading
Love Music? Learn Piano!
Scores of people want to take their love for music to the next level by learning how to play the piano. However, too many feel that they don't have a natural ability or lack musical talent, and ignore the urge to sign up for piano lessons. If you have a deep love for music -- no matter if you are a senior, adult, teenager or a child -- piano lessons can be a boost to your self-esteem and your social life. Making music can be a solo act, but it is often contingent on playing with other musicians and connecting with other people. It is often more fun, too! Learning a popular piano jingle comes with great satisfaction, like when you gather with friends and family around a piano. Now that's Continue Reading