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Piano Tips and Techniques: Playing Glissandos

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 haven’t heard of the term, you probably have heard a glissando in music. For example, Jerry Lee Lewis’s song "Great Balls of Fire" uses glissandos. Derived from t … Read More

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 haven’t heard of the term, you probably have heard a glissando in music. For example, Jerry Lee Lewis’s song "Great Balls of Fire" uses glissandos. Derived from t
The Ins and Outs of Cadences for Piano Players
What are piano cadences, and how are they used? Learn the ins and outs in this guest post by Manassas, VA teacher Carol K...   When I first decided to tackle the word “cadence,” I thought to myself – “What exactly do I think of when I hear that word?” For me, the word implies an ending, or rhythmic inflection of sound, like the modulation of the voice in reading or speaking. This article will examine, in greater detail, what a cadence means to musicians, the types of cadences, and
How to Find Audition Songs That Make You Shine
Need help selecting the perfect song for an upcoming audition? Finding the right song can take time -- and there's a lot to consider as you decide! Read on as voice teacher Molly R. shares her tips for finding the best audition songs...   Auditions -- they can be intimidating, can’t they? Even if you're comfortable in the spotlight and don't suffer from stage fright, there's often a long, arduous process to prepare for them. As a professional vocal coach, I can share two secret
How to Start a Singing Career: On-Stage and Behind-the-Scenes
No matter how proficient you are or how many voice lessons you've taken, the thought of being in the spotlight and working toward a career in the music industry can be daunting to some. But the wonderful thing about music is that there are so many facets — not only does it take a village to produce a musical event, but the avenues and directions you can go in the world of performance and production are practically endless. For vocal performers, think pop, country, Broadway, and other types of m
Intro to Classical Piano Music Styles [Infographic]
Curious about the history of classical piano music? Take a journey through history and learn about the four distinct musical periods in this lesson from Brooklyn, NY music teacher Julie P...   Musical styles are always shifting and developing. Throughout history, as musicians and famous piano composers experimented with sounds and instrument design, the music world expanded and more possibilities became evident. Early musicians started with simple melodies, sung in unison. But

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