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8 Simple Steps for Learning Fast Piano Songs

8 Simple Steps for Learning Fast Piano Songs

Struggling to get through the fast piano songs you're dying to play? Here, Helendale, CA teacher Sylvia S. shares her tips for success...   Piano is an easy instrument to learn. You push a key, and a note sounds. Compared to instruments like the violin, which can take months and months of dedicated practice before a pleasant sound comes out, piano seems like a walk in the park. But because of this, it’s also one of the easiest instruments to learn to play poorly. Many piano stu … Read More

8 Simple Steps for Learning Fast Piano Songs
Struggling to get through the fast piano songs you're dying to play? Here, Helendale, CA teacher Sylvia S. shares her tips for success...   Piano is an easy instrument to learn. You push a key, and a note sounds. Compared to instruments like the violin, which can take months and months of dedicated practice before a pleasant sound comes out, piano seems like a walk in the park. But because of this, it’s also one of the easiest instruments to learn to play poorly. Many piano stu
5 Best Songs to Sing for Contraltos | Building Your Repertoire
Contralto singers, listen up! Highlight your voice type with these top picks for songs to sing, as recommended by Hayward, CA voice teacher Molly R...   Are you one of the lucky women who considers herself a contralto? You’re a rare and special voice type for sure, but also in great company! Some famous contralto singers include Cher, Toni Braxton, Sade, and Annie Lennox in popular music. A contralto’s voice is known for being low (the contralto range is typically around F below mi
10 Best Things About Being a Piano Player
What do you love about playing the piano? Here, New Paltz, NY teacher Cheryl E. shares her top 10 list... do you agree?   I have to stop myself sometimes, and call my parents to thank them for the piano lessons they made me endure when I was a kid. I hated them for a while, loved them for a while, and then, lo and behold, I turned into a composer, performer, and songwriter. Who knew? Looking back, I can see so much value in learning the piano. Here are the 10 best things about pla
The Pros and Cons of the Suzuki Violin Method
Are you trying to decide whether the Suzuki violin method or traditional lessons are right for your budding violinist? Below, violin teacher Julie P. explores the pros and cons of the Suzuki method... The Suzuki violin method can be a polarizing topic in the music world, as there are many different opinions. While some argue that the method helps children develop a high level of playing ability, others say it doesn't teach students the proper violin techniques. If you’re considering th
How to Improve Sight Reading Skills on the Piano
If you really want to advance your piano playing, mastering the art of sight reading can take you far. But if you're struggling, don't worry. Although some people have a more natural ability to pick up a piece of music and play it sight unseen, the good news is that sight reading is a skill you can improve upon with practice--and even teach yourself from scratch. In fact, there are basic things you can do every day that will improve your dexterity and translate to your piano skills. Try t

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