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Piano Playground, Issue #008 --, Summer Nights Grease
June 01, 2009

Issue #8 | June 1, 2009

Summer Nights Grease - Piano Tutorial
Keeping Your Focus On Piano Playing

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Table of Contents


1. Dotted Notes

2. Free Piano Sheets with a Pick-up bar and Dotted Notes.

3. Piano Pieces with Sharps and Flats

Articles and Tutorials

1. Piano Tutorial - How to play "Summer Nights" from "Grease"

2. The Grand Staff (The Video) - How to Read Notes on the Grand Staff

3. Harmonic Intervals (The Video) - How to Read Harmonic intervals on the Grand Staff

4. The Sixteenth Notes

Pearls From the Forum and PianoTube

Coming Soon...

1. A Piano Tutorial of "We Are The Champions" by Queen.

I have no idea why it took so long before I created this piano tutorial. Anyways, during the coming month expect a fabulous "Queen" Piano tutorial of "We Are The Champions".

2. Dotted Half Note (The Video)

In the coming month I'll add new free beginner piano lessons over the Dotted Half Note, Rest in Music and more...

3. Free Disney Piano Sheets

As we're almost through with adding free beginners piano sheets to our complete piano lessons course, Ido will now focus on creating wonderful piano sheets over Disney themes. This is definitely something to look forward to.

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2) A Special Note For New Piano Play It Arrivers...

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A Few Words by the Author

Hi Guys, I've decided to add this part since I wanted to be able to talk to you, one on one for at least once a month.

In this section I'll tell you my story of the month and share with you some understandings I realized in my journey through piano playing.

I hope you'll enjoy it, and you're more then welcome to respond freely. I promise to react to every comment.

Today's article is dedicated to beginnings.

I just finished giving a piano lesson to a special student of mine at the age of 59. Too old you say? Naaahhh...

He's amazing. He has a really cool attitude and he lets no depressing thoughts such as: "I'm far too old" or "I'm not talented enough" disturb his being.

As a determined man he decided to follow piano lessons with me twice a week (He wanted more but I didn't agree and in a moment I'll tell you why).

Now, did you ever have the feeling the you were so eager to do something for such a long time, maybe years but never took the time to fulfill such an important dream of yours?

And when you finally took the time to fulfill that dream you were so excited that you were completely in euphoria?

Well, this euphoria has advantages and disadvantages.

The advantage is that when you start to do something you were waiting for so long, you're at your best. It is often that in the first piano lesson I give more information than later on, since the level of concentration is so high.

Beginnings are charming, just like in a relationship. They are exciting, you can't stop thinking about it and you're possessed..

It's later on, when you understand that it demands a lot of work to keep a relationship going, Just like with the piano.

Suddenly, after the enthusiasm comes the understanding that it takes time to play piano well and that it's a never ending process.

What I'm trying to say is, don't ever hesitate to start playing the piano, no matter how old you are. It is never too late to start. When I look at Avry (my student) and I see the joy in his eyes when he succeeds on playing "Happy Birthday" by ear it is worth everything to me.

However, keep in mind that playing the piano takes time. So, make a room in your schedule for practicing. Call it your spiritual space for yourselves.

And TAKE YOUR TIME! Remember that it's a process and enjoy the small details. The journey is the destination right?

Use the enthusiasm of the beginning to learn as much as possible but later keep your motivation up when things get a bit more complicated.

That's the reason I didn't agree to teach Avry 3 times a week. Why spend it all right from the beginning and risk the chance of losing the enthusiasm.

There's an importance in waiting for something you love. Growing with it in the meanwhile.

That's my advice for this time. Hope you can benefit from it



1. Dotted Notes

A Rhythmic variety is one of the most important elements that make music interesting. In the dotted notes page you'll learn about the dotted quarter note and the dotted eighth note. We'll review the dotted half note as well.

As always, free piano pieces with these new notes are waiting for you at the bottom of the page.

Click here to go to the Dotted Notes Page.

2. Free Piano Sheets with a Pick-up Bar and Dotted Notes

We're at the end of the process of adding free piano sheets to every subject on the complete beginner's piano lesson course. So here are the last updates.

In our beginners piano music page you'll find new pieces with a Pick Up Bar and Repeat Marks. Check it out in the "Musical Terms for Beginners" Section.

Click here to view and print our new Beginners Piano Music Sheets.

3. Sharps and Flats

Those of you, who'd like to finally get the hang of how to read sharps and flats, will enjoy these two new free piano lessons I've made. Great piano pieces are attached at the bottom of the page, so enjoy them.

Click here to view the Sharp Sign Lesson.

Click here to view the Flat Sign Lesson.

Articles and Tutorials

1. How to play "Summer Nights" from "Grease"

Gee, I had so much fun making this tutorial. This duet, "Summer Nights" from the musical "Grease" really got the best out of me. I enjoyed singing Sandy so much.

The coolest thing about this tutorial is that it's completely for beginners. The chords are simple and the groove is easy to follow. I highly recommend this tutorial!

Click here to watch the piano tutorial of "Summer Nights" from "Grease".

2. A Piano Tutorial on How to Read Notes on the Grand Staff

One of the most challenging moments for beginners is when they start reading piano notes on the grand staff. This next piano tutorial explains the concept behind the grand staff clearly, ending up with an example of a song played on the grand staff.

It will make things much easier for you guys, so check it out.

Click here to watch the Grand Staff Video.

3. Harmonic Intervals on the Grand Staff

In the first few beginner piano lessons we focused on playing melodies with both hands. In this next piano lesson we'll learn to divide parts to each hand. The right hand will play the melody and the left hand will play the Harmony and the Bass.

If it sounds like Hebrew to you, don't worry. I happen to speak Hebrew. Just check this piano lessons and tutorial up.

Click here to watch this piano tutorial on how to read Harmonic Intervals on the Piano Staff.

4. Sixteenth Notes

Nothing feels better then understanding how sixteenth notes work in music. That's because they open the door to such interesting rhythmic possibilities.

In this lesson I'll show you how to read sixteenth notes, and what kind of possibilities they enfold.

Click here to follow the Sixteenth Notes Piano Lesson.

Pearls from the Forum and PianoTube

Scan the "string of pearls" for subjects of interest. Visit those and skip the rest. Don't worry about missing anything if you are pressed for time. We convert pearls of enduring value into articles in the different sections, which we announce in later E-zines.

Wish List & Work in Progress at Piano Play It!


1. Piano Chords Video Lessons

2. Free Video Games Piano Sheets

3. Piano Stuff 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!


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