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The Many Benefits of Taking Piano Lessons Online

by Tania Gleaves on October 11, 2014

If you’ve ever wanted to play the piano but think that you don’t have time now that you are a working adult, think again! Piano lessons online make it easy to pick up your old hobby or learn a new one.

When most of us think about taking piano lessons, we think about having a weekly appointment with the local piano “god” or “goddess.” You go to the local piano celebrity’s house once a week and shell out for a half hour of scales and over the shoulder correction.

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But those days are long gone with piano lessons online!

There are dozens of programs and systems available online that will teach you to play the piano. Before you begin though, you’ll need to make sure that you have a computer with speakers.

Most, if not all, computers today come with speakers or have them built in. If you don’t like the sound quality coming from your speakers, you can get new ones for relatively cheap. Computer speakers are available at electronics stores and office supply stores.

Its important to have speakers because good piano lessons online will include audio samples. Listening to audio samples is invaluable when you are learning the piano.

The next step is to search through the dozens of piano school options online. Your first factor should be your budget. How much do you want to spend per month on your lessons?

However, before you grab the first bargain basement piano program you see, consider the features that the program offers. At minimum, good piano lessons online should include:

  • A way to communicate with a professional instructor
    A money back guarantee or a trial period
  • Ongoing lessons
  • The ability to set your own pace for your lessons
  • Sample lessons

The other options are just icing on the cake. You can choose from having a live instructor walk you though each lesson, or teaching yourself and having an instructor available if you get stuck. You can also find programs that have forums where piano students can get together and discuss their lessons.

Before you make any sort of investment though, you should look at the sample lessons provided. If a program doesn’t have sample lessons…find something else!

Piano lessons online are a commitment, and you want to be comfortable and get the most for your money. Take a look at the sample lessons before you buy so you know what you can expect.

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Chord Progressions – The Basic DNA of Music

by Erik Thiede on October 1, 2014

Many things in life have a pattern. In music, we refer to those patterns as chord progressions. They are simply a sequence of chords that tends to repeat throughout the song.

Have you ever noticed how easy it can be to learn a new song you hear on the radio? Sometimes it only takes hearing it a couple of times. Do you find yourself singing the lyrics right away, or do you hum along with the melody? It’s the melody, of course.

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When you break down the essential “formula” of a song’s construction, you will see the chord pattern or patterns emerge. The most basic chord progression happens to be the most popular. Musicians commonly refer to it to as the 1-4-5 progression. Whatever key you are in, that’s the first chord. Let’s choose the key of C for this example. As the 1-4-5 designation suggests, you start with your tonic chord, C; move to the subdominant chord, F; and then switch to the dominant chord, G. Also popular is the 1-5-4 progression.

Both the progressions above are known as three-chord songs. Because of the simplicity of writing a three-chord song, they are the most common in practically every modern genre, notably rock, pop, blues and country. When playing freeform (you know, jamming), three-chord progressions are easy to improvise because they are so easy to play.

Needless to say, with so many notes and chord possibilities, it’s not always easy to know which chord follows what. Beginners and pros alike sometimes use a chord progression chart. This reference guide shows every tonic chord and then every chord in that scale. It also indicates each chord’s number. How do you read such a complicated sounding thing?

Imagine you are on stage with a band for the first time. The lead guitarist turns to you and says, “We’re playing a 1-5-4 in the key of G sharp.” WHOA! That’s not a key YOU play in very often. So you glance at the chord progression chart and look down the left column to find your tonic, G sharp. Then you look across the top to see what the 5 and 4 would be. Instantly you see they are C sharp and D sharp.

You’re well on your way to understanding chord progressions and how they affect your music. Keep reading; there’s so much more to discover!

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Seventh Piano Chords In It’s Many Forms

September 20, 2014

Seventh piano chords are just like the triad chords PLUS the 7th note in the scale. It’s used a lot in jazz, gospel and blues piano music. Just like with the triads, seventh piano chords can have several forms: Click Here To Get The Lowdown On Seventh Piano Chords! Dominant Seventh: Symbol: 7 The dominant […]

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Piano for Beginners – Different Ways of Learning

September 14, 2014

There is a bit of a mini-revolution going on in the world of piano teachers. And it all has to do with teaching piano for beginners. You see, there’s the old way of teaching piano. This way focuses on learning notes, learning to site read music, and learning where each individual note is on the […]

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Piano Chords – More Than Just a Group of Notes

August 14, 2014

At their most basic, piano chords are formed by playing three or more notes simultaneously. The combinations that result set the mood of a musical piece – happy, sad, powerful, soulful, etc. Historically, major chords have always evoked positive emotions while minor piano chords evoke the opposite. That’s a fairly simplistic observation, but it gives […]

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Beginner Piano Lessons

August 10, 2014

Welcome to what I believe is one of the easiest beginner piano lessons you will find anywhere. I’ve built this introduction to piano based on the experiences I’ve had successfully teaching countless others. My method is to keep it simple, make everything make sense, and move at a pace that keeps things interesting. When you […]

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Top 10 Ways To Improvise On The Piano

August 6, 2014

1. Use fake books. Fake books, as one of the top 10 ways to improvise on the piano, are gentle introductions to what could be interpreted as the Wild West of improvisation. Improvisation is largely based on freedom of expression. Without having a good foundation of the basics, beginners may feel intimidated by the possibilities. […]

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How Popular Chord Progression Works – A Simple Guide

June 24, 2014

What is a popular chord progression? Chord progressions are actually series of chords which are played one after the other to produce a harmonious tune. By now you have learned the different piano chords and may have memorized them a bit. The knowledge you have about chords will help you a lot in playing the […]

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Extended Piano Chords

June 22, 2014

As the name suggest, extended piano chords extend beyond the range of the major scale. Recall that chords are created with respect to there corresponding scales. For example, the major scale of “G” has this 8-note sequence: G,A,B,C,D,E,F#,G. Chords that require notes beyond the 8th note (e.g. the last “G”) are extended piano chords. The […]

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The Piano Chord – Making Sense of This Versatile Music Concept

June 21, 2014

The first key to remember when trying to make sense of the piano chord is that they’re based on…you guessed it…piano scales! In our examples, we will use the key of “C” but the formula applies to all keys. Remember that the major piano scale for the key of C is C,D,E,F,G,A,B,C – where the […]

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