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September 01, 2009

Issue #11 | September 1, 2009

New Online Piano Lessons Videos
Keeping Your Focus On Piano Playing

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Table of Contents


News

1. The Amazing Piano Chord Finder

2. New Video Game Sheet Music

Articles and Tutorials

1. Piano Tutorial - How to play "The Moonlight Sonata" by "Beethoven"

2. Piano Tutorial - How to play "The Entertainer" by "Scott Joplin"

3. Falling to a Piano Key - The Video

4. Musical Phrasing (Legato, Staccato) - The Video

5. The Music Rests Video

Pearls From the Forum and PianoTube


Coming Soon...


1. Music Dynamics (The Video)

In the past month we made a long way in learning the basic piano technique. In this video we'll learn to implement these techniques in order to produce a range of dynamics and volumes.

2. The Natural Sign (The Video)

It has been a while since I posted the sharp and flat signs video but I still owe you a handy video on the natural sign. We'll learn to read this sign, realize what it means and play a piece with a natural sign.

3. Sixteenth Notes (The Video)

Unbelievable, but we're almost done here in Piano-Play-It with creating videos for level one. The sixteenth note video will show you how to read and practice music pieces with sixteenth notes. Once you get the hang of this one you'll be more then ready to make it to the next step and play really cool grooves!


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A Few Words by the Author


Hi guys,

What a wonderful summer we had here in Piano Play It. Ido and I dedicated most of our time to create lots of new piano videos and great free piano sheets for ya'll. We had lots of fun doing it and from what I heard from you, you had fun watching and playing everything we've done.

It's great to get so much inspiration from your kind words, and your critic is always so tasteful. Keep it coming!

Today I'd like to talk about focusing on the "Now".
This is an important tip when speaking about piano practicing but also about living well and being happy.

In the past year I started to follow some yoga lessons. Now don't get me wrong. I'm not a really spiritual creature. Usually you'll be losing me on a deep spiritual conversation since I'm a doer. But the Yoga really changed my life. It taught me how to concentrate.

When you start a yoga lesson you mostly close your eyes and try to relax your face. Then you have start breathing and focus only on one thing. BREATHING!

It might sound so boring but the idea behind that technique is to let go of all your thoughts about the future or the past and to focus on what's happening at the moment.

I think it's one of the best tips I got in the past year which helped me a lot when I practiced my piano playing.

You know how we're sometimes so disturbed by minor annoying events at work?
Or maybe we're worried about our financial situation? Not sure how you're going to pay your rent maybe? Does it all sound a bit familiar?

My tip to you guys is to work a bit on letting these thoughts go before you start practicing the piano.

It really helps to make sure you fill in a practicing time in your agenda, and never to give it up what so ever.

Stick to the time you determined and decide you're going to switch off your mobile, shut your T.V off, and focus only on that new piano sheet you're about to be playing.

Otherwise you might be tempted to let it go due to much less enjoyable thoughts that will only distract you from what you find more important in your lief. Making Music!

E.D exercises, are perfect to start you practice for they have the same impact as meditation where you focus only on one thing. Breathing or in our case, the movement of our hand for example.

Once you played an E.D exercise for five minutes you're all set to start your practice.
Try to notice how your eyes might dart restlessly before working on focusing even when you close them. Try to close your eyes after performing the E.D exercise and try to feel if your eyes are quieter and more focused after.

And guys, what you're going to benefit from spending twenty minutes doing only one thing is far more meaningful then doing everything at once. It's a ticket for your happiness.

I'd like to hear your opinion on this article. If it helped you or inspired you please let me know.

Good luck with practicing!

You're spiritual teacher :)
David


News


1. The Amazing Piano Chord Finder

So, I've been wondering around, looking for such an amazing piano chord finder that will be able to show you how to find each and every possible chord on the piano whether it's a three triad chord or a jazz chord.

When I found this one I was so happy because except from showing the chords in all possible inversions you could also fill in a certain piano scale name and you'll see it clearly on the virtual keyboard at oncee.

I can't say enough how great this amazing piano chord finder is... you'll have to see it for yourself.

Click here to check out the amazing piano chord finder.

2. New Video Game Sheet Music

During the past month Ido explored the world of video games. We decided that since we're both so much into video games and we love their fantastic theme tunes we'll make free video game sheet music for all of us who are hooked up and who'd like to play these catchy tunes such as the super mario piano sheet, the Zelda theme, Tetris, Mortal Kombat and more.

Click here to view the Video Game Sheet Music page.


Articles and Tutorials


1. How to play "The Moonlight Sonata" by "Beethoven"

Every beginner piano player sets the Moonlight sonata as its goal. Since it's quite long piece I decided I won't explain every single note of the piece but instead, I'll post dome explanations on the nature of the piece while playing it in order to teach you how it was built and why Beethoven created it in a way the made it such a piece of art.

Oh, one thing I didn't mention... you'll find a free piano sheet music attached to the piano tutorial :)

Click here to watch this piano tutorial on how to play "The Moonlight Sonata" by "Beethoven" on piano

2. Piano Tutorial - How to play "The Entertainer" by "Scott Joplin"

When I made this tutorial I thought it would be hard to make it but I was wrong. The Entertainer by Scot Joplin is such a joyful tune that even a beginner could succeed playing it since it gives such a boost of inspiration when you teach it and practice it.

It might take some time but stay with me on this one and you'll make it.

Click here to view the Entertainer video.

3. Falling to a Piano Key - The Video

When I formed Piano-Play-It, it was clear to me that this important piano tutorial would be one of its pearls.

The reason I thought so was that it was clear to me that I wanted to teach you more then just notes and sounds. I wanted to show you how vision and technique come together and this piano lesson covers this issue thoroughly.

Click here view the "Falling to a Piano Key" Video.

4. Musical Phrasing (Legato, Staccato) - The Video

As a continuation to the previous video, this video will show you how to create great musical phrasings by demonstrating four different ways on how to connect between two piano keys.

We'll practice a few musical pieces together with these four ways called: Legato, Staccato, Legatissimo, and Stacatissimo.

Click here to view the Musical Phrasing Video

5. The Music Rests Video

We've been so busy playing notes and making sounds that we forgot one of the most important elements in music... Silence.

So in the next piano lesson I'll teach you how to read and play music rests in order to allow the music to breath.

Click here to view the Music Rests Video


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!


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

www.piano-play-it.com

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