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5 Famous Piano Songs You'll Instantly Recognize

5 Famous Piano Songs You'll Instantly Recognize

The piano is a beautiful instrument capable of playing a wide array of sounds, from staccato to grandiose. The ability of a composer to create an array of emotions and ideas on the piano goes a long way in explaining why certain famous piano songs have stood the test of time. This also explains why these famous piano songs are often used to accompany scenes in movies, commercials, and television shows. The five piano pieces below are just a few of the most beloved songs that everyone will recog … Read More

5 Famous Piano Songs You'll Instantly Recognize
The piano is a beautiful instrument capable of playing a wide array of sounds, from staccato to grandiose. The ability of a composer to create an array of emotions and ideas on the piano goes a long way in explaining why certain famous piano songs have stood the test of time. This also explains why these famous piano songs are often used to accompany scenes in movies, commercials, and television shows. The five piano pieces below are just a few of the most beloved songs that everyone will recog
Best Violin Songs and Tips for Wedding Performances
Violinists get ready because it's wedding season! Below, violin teacher Julie P. shares the best violin songs for weddings as well as some helpful tips and tricks for preparing and performing... Wedding season is both an exciting and stressful time for violinists. For much of the summer and fall, violinists are in high demand, as the violin is one of the most popular instruments requested for weddings. If you've been asked to play solo or in a larger mixed-instrument ensemble, you migh
10 Classical Piano Songs Boys Will Love to Play
Are you having difficulty getting male piano students to practice classical piano? Our friend Doreen Hall from Paloma Piano shares some helpful suggestions below... Sometimes it can be tricky to find classical piano songs that don't bore young male students. Over the years however, I have found several awesome classical piano pieces that my boy students enjoy learning. Here are my top 10 pieces to keep boys engaged and interested in their classical piano lessons. Songs are listed in orde
7 Tips to Master Staccato on the Piano
As you learn how to play piano notes, chords, scales, and songs, at some point you'll come across the term "staccato." What exactly does it mean, and how do you play it? Read on as New Paltz, NY teacher Cheryl E. shares her helpful tips...    Mastering staccato on the piano can be extremely beneficial, not only for performance of staccato passages but also for using it as a tool to help you memorize legato segments, improve your dexterity and finger strength, and smooth out your p
What Tempo Should You Practice Piano Scales At?
Ready to practice your piano scales? Break out that metronome and consider this advice from online piano teacher Crystal B... When it comes to practicing piano scales, the subject of tempo always comes up. Many students are unsure of what tempo scales should be practiced, and the truth of the matter is, the answer will vary depending on the student. A good rule of thumb is always start slowly and work your way up to faster tempos. Here are some tips to help you assess your individual abilities

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