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August 07, 2009

Issue #10 | August 7, 2009

New Online Piano Lessons Videos
Keeping Your Focus On Piano Playing

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Table of Contents


News

1. Check Out Our New Online Piano Store

2. New Disney Piano Sheets

3. Piano Arpeggios

Articles and Tutorials

1. Piano Tutorial - How to play "Love of My Life" by "Queen"

2. The Correct Piano Playing Posture Video

3. The Treble Clef Video

4. The Dotted Half Note Video

5. Sharps and Flats - The Video

6. The Eighth Note Video

Pearls From the Forum and PianoTube


Coming Soon...


1. Falling to a Piano Key (The Video)

We're working on finishing the basic online piano lessons on videos for level one. During the coming month I'll post this video that will teach you about two different piano techniques; The Arm Weight and Finger Techniques. We'll cover the best way to fall to the piano key (instead of pushing it) it and I'll provide you some handy exercises in this video that will help you to adjust these techniques and make them your own.

2. Musical Phrasings (The Video)

There are a few ways to connect between different piano keys and to create a musical phrasing. In this video I'll show you about the four main ways to connect between the different piano keys and create a beautiful melodic line.

3. Video Game Piano Sheets

During the last month Ido was working on creating beautiful free piano sheets for the most common and known Disney songs. In the coming month Ido will work on creating piano sheets for the most famous video games music themes. So be ready for some humoristic piano in the coming month.


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A Few Words by the Author


Hi ya'll

So, we had quite a busy month here in Piano Play It. Look at all the new free online video piano lessons we added and the new Disney music sheets below.

Piano Play It grows enormously lately and you got a big part in it. Piano-Playground alone has almost a thousand readers already!

So, as you probably know, this is where I say a few words about enlightenments I had during the past month.

This time I'd like to talk about the nature of the learning process. I'm not talking about the piano playing learning process, but about any learning process.

When I studied at the Utrecht Conservatorium in the Netherlands I recall having a beautiful and useful lesson over cognitive psychology in relationship with the studying process.

Our teacher roughly divided people to four main groups according to how they approach the studying process. Each group got a geometrical shape.

Let's start with the observers. These are people who would first like to get the whole picture before they even start to think of what they'll do. You'll find them sitting at the end of the class, watching the process from the distance. The observers got the shape of the perfect triangle.

Next are the thinkers or let's say the circles. These people like to be around other thinkers so they could think together. They always look for a second opinion. They will always think of all the different ways to approach the studying process before they make one move. It could be tiresome however, to walk in circles all the time.

The squares or deciders like to go by the book.
They see a few options and they don't spend too much time.
They decide what seems best to them and then they go.
The problem in being a square is that you might sometimes stick too much to the rules. A thinker could help you solve a problem in a way you never imagined was possible.

Last but not least are the Z's, The doers. If you're a doer you won't bother reading this. You will scroll to the links and start working on one of our piano tutorials :)
If a teacher in a class will give some homework, by the time the deciders will ask how exactly they're supposed to write it, the doers will already finished the task.

People are more then one thing of course, but everyone has its own tendency to start the process at a different point.
No matter where you start the process we all have to finish it in order to complete the circle of the studying process.
Observe --> Think --> Decide --> Do ---> Observe etc...
It's a never ending circle.

The reason I chose to tell you about this process is since I thought it would help you to think who you tend to be at this moment in your piano playing process and to try to make a step toward to the next step in the circle.

So, if you're an observer for example, try to think more of how to approach what you'd like to do. Try to quit looking for a moment and move on to thinking about it.

Thinkers, just make a choice. It doesn't matter what you're going to play, at the end it is simply important to play and you could only know if made the right choice once you made one right?

Deciders, try to take a step back for once. give your selves more time to think about your options and then simply get to work! Don't criticize yourselves too often. It often doesn't help.

Doers tend to work without a break, try to look at what you're doing. It might save you some time. Don't start playing a musical piece from the beginning every time you're mistaken. Try to focus on two difficult bars and observe what you're doing. Look at the small details. You'll get there faster at the end.

As for me as a teacher, I try to observe and see where a student is located at the studying process and the I try to lead him a step forward.

I hope this article helped you and gave you some idea over where you are placed in your piano playing studying process.
Let me know how your advancing and if my article gave you some new perspective to think about.

Good Luck

Dave


News


1. Piano Play It New Piano Store

So, after getting so many requests on where to find the best piano chair or piano lamp I decided I'll make a descent web research and find the best different piano products in the field.

I'm proud to say we opened our piano store here in Piano Play It.

You'll find there the cheapest, most effective and useful piano products around. These companies we checked are very reliable and trustworthy so you're basically playing on the safe side.

Click here to go to our Piano Store.

And here are some specific pages where you can find piano lamps, chairs, gifts and more...

a. Click here to go to the Piano Bench Section. Every piano playe needs a good one if he wants to watch his back from pain and know he did everything to make sure he sits properly.

b. And those of you who are looking for handy piano cushions can find them in our Piano Bench Cushion Page.

They come in various sizes and colors and they'll make your living room more vibrant (not to mention how comfortable they are...).

c. Don't wait 'till you need glasses. Check our Piano Lamps Page for high quality lamps with a style.

d. In our Music Rhythm piano lessons I talk about how important it is to use a metronome in order to sharpen your rhythmical sense. But where to find a good one?

In our Piano Metronome Page you'll find the best piano metronomes in my opinion. Some are very cheap and some are more expensive but they all have some great qualities that will take you a step further in learning about music rhythm.

2. New Disney Piano Sheets

You've been waiting for this for a long time and now they arrived. New and free Disney piano sheets with the most famous and common songs like Heigh-Ho from snow-white, The Bare Necessities from the Jungle Book, Reflection from Moulan and many others, written in a simple manner for beginners.

Click here to view the Disney Sheet Music page.

3. Piano Arpeggios

Ido made this page for all of us who'd like to learn to play arpeggios on the piano. Wonder what it is?

Well, an arpeggio is a broken chord but many of us are getting confused with all the different ways to play arpeggios and how to find the correct fingerings.

It's a brilliant page like everything Ido is doing. I'm so glad he works with me here in Piano Play It

Click here to watch the Piano Arpeggios Page.


Articles and Tutorials


1. Piano Tutorial - How to play "Love of my Life" by "Queen"

Here's a piano tutorial on how to play "Love of my Life" by Queen. This pop ballad is amazing and will surely help to you learn to play arpeggios on piano which we also discussed during the last month. So, if you're in for a touching song this is the song you're looking for.

Click here to watch this piano tutorial on how to play "Love of my Life" by "Queen" on piano

2. The Correct Posture Video

I can write about it but it is surely clearer when I show you how it's done. The correct piano playing posture is now on air (only your feet should be stable on the ground...). We can see together how one should sit at the piano and why we sit in a certain manner. This video is in my opinion a must for beginners.

Click here to view the correct piano playing posture video.

3. The Treble Clef Video

Yes, we may all know by now what it's for. We learned about it in the Grand Staff page, but I wanted to show you how to draw the treble clef as well since I think it's important to learn to both read AND WRITE music.

Click here to the Treble Clef Video.

4. The Dotted Half Note Video

We talked about the whole note, the half note and the quarter note but what do we do with the Dotted Half Note? And how long does it last?

In the next free beginners piano lesson I'll show you how to draw the dotted half note and how much you should count while playing it.

We'll talk about the three quarters time signature as well and I'll end up showing you a musical piece with both the dotted half note and the three quarters time signature.

Click here to view the Dotted Half Note Video

5. The Sharps and Flats Video

When I posted the "Layout Piano Keys" Video many of you turned to me and asked me about the black keys.

I decided to wait a while with that since there was so much I thought we had to do before talking about it like rhythm and technique basics.

The time has arrived however and it's time to discuss the black keys as well. In the next video I'm explaining everything you should know about sharps and flats which are musical signs that point at the black keys among other things.

I don't want to say a lot about this. I think you'll get it all by simply watching the video.

Click here to view the Sharps and Flats Video

5. The Eighth Note Video

Finally the eighth note video has arrived. We basically have two eighth notes in a quarter note but since we start to play quicker or let's say that we at least have more notes in a measure, the counting starts to get more complicated.

That's exactly why I made this video, to help you understand how one should read and play the eighth notes on piano.

In this video you'll find an explanation over how the eighth note looks like and how you should count eighth notes. Then we'll play a musical piece with eighth notes.

Click here to view the Eighth Note Video.


Pearls from the Forum and PianoTube


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Wish List & Work in Progress at Piano Play It!


Imminent...

1. Piano Chords Video Lessons

2. Improvisation Lessons

3. Piano Brands Section


Comments? Ideas? Feedback? I'd love to hear from you. Just reply to this e-zine and tell me what you think.

See you next month!

Dave

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