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"It's time to practice." "Practice makes perfect." "Showing up is half the battle." "That which you persist in doing gets easier." "A chain is only as strong as it's weakest link." You've heard it all by now I'm sure. It doesn't matter if you are just starting out, or if you have been pl ... Read Full Article
Imagine what a trip through the mall or better yet... Disneyland would be like with NO MAP! You may have heard about that incredible Ferris Wheel that is a mile high and actually have to search for and hour to find it, or worse yet! You may end up with a defective seatbelt in the wron ... Read Full Article
Written by Chuck Newsome
The last example we will examine in this study is another of Chopin's most famous compositions. Prelude No. 15 in Db major, the "Raindrop Prelude" is an important piece of today's concert repertoire, primarily due to its ly ... Read Full Article
Written by Chuck Newsome
The next prelude, No. 9, features yet another texture. Although it is only 12measures long, this piece showcases Chopin's elegant use of common chord modulations, 3rd based root movements, and dense harmonic textures.... Read Full Article
Featured Piano Lesson Videos
Best Uses of the Spanish / Jewish Scale
In this video, we're going to discuss how to build what's called a Spanish scale or Jewish scale. You've probably heard them. They sound like this. I think of like the ... Go to Full Lesson
Best Uses of the Whole Tone Scale
In this lesson we're going to talk about the whole tone scale, and this scale you've probably heard in different cartoons or movies when the person goes into a dream sequence, an ... Go to Full Lesson
Building A Major Scale
Just like with building triads, building a major scale is about understanding the intervals between each note of the scale. If you understand this, you can build any major scale.
All major scales follow this pattern:
(W = Whole Step, H = Half Step) ... Go to Full Lesson
Building A Minor Scale
In this video we're going to discuss how to build a minor scale, and of course the minor sound is the sadder-sounding scale as compared to a major, which is more of a happy sound. But the c ... Go to Full Lesson