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50 of the Best Piano Jokes, Quotes, and Puns | TakeLessons

Klaus Vedfelt / DigitalVision / Getty Images Pianos have been a musical staple for centuries. The piano inspires more than just musical sounds; it also makes for a great punch line. Below are 50 of the best piano jokes, puns, and quotes of all time. Share this list with fellow pianists or your piano teacher. While we admit some of these piano jokes are a little “out there,” they’re sure to put a smile on your face. Let the laughs begin! What Are Some Cool Facts About Playing the Pi

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15 Best Easy Classical Piano Songs to Learn for Beginners [Videos]

Lucy Lambriex / The Image Bank / Getty Images Looking for the best easy classical piano songs to learn for beginner pianists? You’ve come to the right place! While mastering the works of Mozart, Bach, and Beethoven might sound intimidating, there are a number of beginner piano songs that sit nicely within the classical repertoire. The simplicity of these pieces contributes to their beauty and brings a sense of space to the music. This is great news for beginners who don’t need to spend y

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7+ Common Piano Chord Progressions for Every Musician

Piano chord progressions offer a view of music from a whole new perspective. Once you know some common variants, you’ll be able to create your own music, learn and sight-read written music more quickly, and have a greater understanding of music in general. 12 bar blues progression I  -  I -  I - I - IV - IV - I - I - V - V - I - I C - C - C - C - F - F - C - C - G - G - C - C  “Cadential” chord progression ii - V - I  Dmin - G - C Songwriting & all-purpose I

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15 Easy to Play Pop Songs for Piano | Piano Tutorials | TakeLessons

Westend61 / Westend61 / Getty Images Did you know that some of today’s most popular music can be played with just a few easy piano chords? If you’re looking for easy pop songs to play on piano for beginners, you’re not limited to children’s keyboard songs. In fact, you can play some of the most powerful and popular songs of today with just a handful of chords. Our table below includes easy piano notes for popular songs: All About That Bass - Meghan Trainor A, Bm, E, A S

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How to Read Piano Notes & Sheet Music: 5 Easy Steps for Beginners

pidjoe / E+ / Getty Images Learning how to read music notes may seem complex, but it’s simpler than you think. You simply need to learn the names of the lines and spaces on the musical staff, understand note values, and then discover how the symbols on the page relate to your right and left hands on the keyboard. Then, all you need is to practice starting with beginner piano sheet music. We’ll cover all of these topics in this article.  After all, we’ve all heard a tune on the radi

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10 Easy Piano Songs for Kids & Beginners

Olga Rolenko / Moment / Getty Images It’s never too early (or late) to start learning the piano! Whether you have an illustrious grand piano or a funky techno-beat electronic keyboard, you can teach your child several easy piano songs for beginners in a fun and encouraging fashion. Introducing your child to the fundamentals of music can help them in many different ways. Studies have shown that there’s a substantial correlation between music and language skills. It turns out that learn

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How to Practice Piano: Tips for Exercises OFF the Keys! [Infographic]

Guido Mieth / Stone / Getty Images We all know how important practicing is for aspiring piano players! But sometimes it can be a challenge to fit into your schedule. Luckily, there are ways to practice your technique while you're at work, in the car, or practically anywhere else! Continue reading this guest post by Spring Lake, MI piano teacher Val L. to find out how...   As you practice piano, taking the time to think about rhythm and technique is a huge challenge! You should alwa

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Preparing for a Piano Level Test | Your Timeline for Success

Are you getting ready for a piano level test? You’re not alone. From grade school to college and beyond, many of us need to take piano level tests.  Whether it’s for a class or for your own personal progress, there are certain steps you can take to ensure success on the big day. Here is a timeline of what you should do leading up to your piano level test – get ready to rock out!  How Many Levels Are There in Piano? Learning piano is a deep and rewarding passion for many music

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14 Easy Piano Tutorials on YouTube

Cavan Images / Cavan / Getty Images Looking for easy piano tutorials? You've come to the right place! On this list, we'll share how to play eight famous piano songs everyone will recognize. No matter what kind of music you're interested in -- be it rock, pop, jazz, or anything else -- there are certain songs and melodies that are sure to wow a crowd. While not all the songs on this list are for beginners, these tutorials break down the piece into easily-digestible sections, helping yo

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How to Start Your Own Piano Studio: a Guide for Teachers

Imgorthand / E+ / Getty Images Starting your own piano studio is a great way to use your skills as a teacher and indulge in the joy of making music. Whether focusing on private or group lessons, having a home-based practice provides excellent opportunities for independence, creativity and flexibility.  As both an instructor and mentor you will grow personally and professionally by being able to customize the learning experience for each student that comes through your doors. This guide o

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