5 Reasons Why Hanon Exercises are Useless
Are Hanon exercises really effective at teaching piano students? Below, piano teacher James F. shares five reasons why he believes Hanon exercises aren't as useful as many think...
A lot of piano teachers swear by the old familiar Hanon exercises as a great way of teaching technique to their students. I strongly disagree.
Im familiar with a lot of different ways of developing piano technique, and I think that Hanon is among the least efficient.
Below Ive provided five reas
How to Learn Piano - Setting Goals, Staying Motivated, and More
Have you decided you want to learn how to play the piano? Mastering a new skill can be challenging at first, so your enthusiasm to get started is a great first step! Use this guide to help you conquer the learning curve that everyone wanting to know how to learn piano must overcome.
Setting the Right Goals
No one expects you to become a concert pianist overnight. Set reasonable goals to help you feel accomplished and prevent discouragement.
Set practice goals: Strive to practice, say
Piano Tips and Techniques: Playing Glissandos
There are many musical terms that you will hear when learning to play any instrument, and the piano is no exception. You probably started off with terms related to tempo, such as largo and allegro, and progressed accordingly. You will learn new terms at every level, so maybe you have already heard the word glissando. Even if you havent heard of the term, you probably have heard a glissando in music. For example, Jerry Lee Lewiss song "Great Balls of Fire" uses glissandos.
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Five Easy Blues Guitar Licks You Will Love Playing
They say you have to have the blues to play the blues. But what if you're blue because you don't know how to play the blues to begin with? Guitar teacher Mike B. has you covered with these five fun, easy licks...
Presented here are 5 easy blues guitar licks that are essential building blocks of a larger blues vocabulary. Before we dig into these licks we need to cover a few basic principles.
First, all five of these easy blues guitar licks come out of the minor pentatonic scale. If you do
Pianist Spotlight: How Ben Folds Brought the Piano Back to Pop
Ray Charles, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Stevie Wonderso many names top the list of influential piano players in music history. But for a while there, as dance, metal, and grunge took center stage, piano was relegated to the sidelines. One artist who changed that, however, was Ben Folds. When he hit the scene with his band Ben Folds Five in the mid-90s, a new musical sound emergedpop heavily infused with piano.
Who is Ben Folds?
Ben Folds grew up in in North Carolina listening to piano greats l