Top Beginners Piano News for May 19, 2009

  • Guitar *teacher* claims music games helping his business
  • May 12, 2009
    – This guitar teacher is stating that he is getting much more pupils as a direct result of the video game ‘Guitar Heroe’.

    Sounds like we need ‘Keyboard Hero’ to get some new piano players.

  • Baby *Piano*
  • May 12, 2009
    – Amazing article on how this piano teacher is getting her 17 month daughter to not only play the piano but to ask for lessons too.

Cool Piano Chords

What are cool piano chords?

This is obviously objective but, in general you have the major chords which sound  happy, the sadder sounding minor chords. Then you have the ambiguous 7th chords.

Now come the ‘cool’ chords. if you start adding the 9th, the 11th and the 13th to a chord then you start getting more jazz like sounds. The 13th chords even start to sound a little impresionistic and were used by Satie and Debussy.

Top Beginners Piano News for May 12, 2009


Piano Chords Software

I often get asked about piano chords software and where to get it.

There are not actually that many programs around to help with thisl.

The owners of the Rocket Piano home study course however get free access to the special Piano learning software which apart from being great fun really strengthens the beginners playing and helps to interiorize some of the playing patterns.

Roll-up piano keyboard

What will they think of next?

When I was learning we used to get given one of these only it was made of cardboard and it didn’t sound!!!

USB Roll-up Piano – The Red Ferret Journal


USB Roll-up Piano. Wait, wait, don’t leave. It’s USB. Yes, you need to carry your computer around with you as well. Isn’t that fab? A super portable fold up piano that needs a hulking great computer in order to work. Marketing genius I tell you! 49 keys, 128 instruments, 100 pre-recorded rhythms. Boogie. $46.00.

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Downloadable Piano Songs

You have to be careful when searching for downloadable piano songs. There are a lot of people who search for pop songs or famous modern songs as sheet music so they can learn them at home and play them on the piano.

There are many web sites that claim to offer these for free but once you arrive you find that there is only an excerpt or that it simply isn’t free and you need to pay.

This is quite normal as all of today’s music is copyrighted and the any distribution of this music requires payment to the artist and their agents/record companies.

You can however legitimately download some of the classical masterpieces for free. These are in the public domain and not all the publisher will charge.

If you need to know where to get some free classical pieces then get in touc with me and I will point you in the right direction.

Accompaniment Chords

Project 365 #123: 030509 Lifting the LidIf you have downloaded our beginners piano chord sheet then you will probably realise that once you have them under your belt you will be able to use most of them as simple accompaniment chords.

Most popular songs have pretty simple repeating chord sequences made up usually of just 3 or 4 of these chords.

If you have a good earn then you could be using them as accompaniment chords to a whole host of songs.
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Learn All About Steinway Pianos

There is so much that goes into the building of a piano and Steinway’s hand crafted pianos are no exception. The infamous Steinway is renouned as the best piano there is without a doubt. Check out the video below which shows you a little of how they are maufactured and the care that goes into building one of these masterpieces.

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The Best Learn To Play The Piano Posts from Apr 2009

We had loads of beginner piano posts last month. Here is a selection of some of the better ones:
  • Sad piano chords
    Posted on Monday, April 6th, 2009 in piano chords – Comments: (0)
    What exactly are sad piano chords?Typically people have always regarded the minor chords as being the sad sounding chords. They are however made all the more sad sounding when a single minor chord is suddenly played after a major chord.Other types of chords have their own properties too. Suspended chords for example have a certain kind of ambiguity about them, augmented chord are sometimes thought of as being spooky or dramatic sounding.Experiment with the different types of chords and identify emotions with them. When you are improvising or trying to compose then you will be able to use these emotions when choosing your chords.
  • Top Beginners Piano News for April 4, 2009
    Posted on Saturday, April 4th, 2009 in beginners piano – Comments: (0)
    Learn *Piano Chords* Faster Than You Ever Thought PossibleApril 2, 2009 – Some tips and techniques for learning to play the piano faster than you would have thought possible.*Learn* how to *play the piano*: online *piano* course vs. *piano* teacher * …*April 2, 2009 – Here we have the pros and cons of learning to play the piano online or at home with a home study course or using a traditional teacher for one on one lessons.Learn *Piano Chords* Faster Than You Ever Thought PossibleApril 2, 2009 – Some tips and techniques for learning to play the piano faster than you would have thought possible.
  • Playing Piano By Ear
    Posted on Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 in Play Piano By Ear – Comments: (0)
    Playing piano by ear is something that some people do right from the start. They learn this way and most often than not they will find it difficult to play by reading music or even chord sheets.Others start to learn piano playing by reading music, a lot of these people find it equally as difficult to play anything with out the music in fromt of them.The best scenario is when you learn right from the start how to play by ear and how to read music both at the same time. Don’t choose any one method but learn how to play the piano by ear and also learn how to read music. You will benefit greatly in the long run by doing this.
  • Learn To Play Keyboards
    Posted on Friday, April 10th, 2009 in Keyboard Lessons – Comments: (0)
    If your goal is to produce your own music then you really do need to learn to play keyboards. Even a basic knowledge will get you a long way.There are those who believe that if you know how to handle the music software then playing piano isn’t important at all but if you have a basic knowledge of piano playing then you will be able to form much richer chords and arrangements even though the sounds that you are producing are not piano sounds but other instruments.To learn to play keyboards is essential for any composer or songwriter.
Which post was your favorite? Let s know below.