How to play piano chords

It can be really useful to know how to play all of the chords on piano. You will find it opens up all sorts of musical possibilities. If you know how to read them off sheet music or chord charts then the you are really on the way to becoming an accomplished player. The  short video I made for the Piano Learners site will show you how to form all of the main chords.

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Piano Stairway

I saw this post on another piano blog and thought you might enjoy it. This is the ultimate in beginners piano…  learn the piano whilst climbing the stairs.

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Learn Piano By Ear

I have just come across this fantastic resource which will help you to learn piano by ear.

Its a free online ear training software.

The utility takes you from absolute beginner piano level through to a really high level and trains you to recognize the intervals between notes. The theory is that once you have learned to recognize all of the intervals then you will be able to play any song by ear with out needing to see the music. There are full instructions on the site but for me I spent hours just playing around with the utility. It made me remember my time at the conservatory.

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Have fun with this and see if you can learn piano by ear yourself.

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Designer Piano by Audi and Bösendorfer

audipianoThis is not the typical piano for beginners but certainly worth taking a look at.

The piano manufacturers Bösendorfer teamed up with Audi to create this futuristic looking piano.

Apparently, despite its lightweight look it still feels and sounds like a genuine Bösendorfer high quality professional grand piano.

See more photos and read the review at the Bösendorfer site

http://www.boesendorfer.com/en/audi.html

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jazz keyboard lessons

Iv’e just come accross a new ebook for jazz keyboard lessons or Jazz piano for beginners. I’ve read the sales pages and it looks to be fantastic but I have yet to take a look at the book myself. If anyone has used this new book yet then please let us know how you found it and what it was like. Please leave your comments below or send me an email.

Jazz Piano for Beginners

Jazz piano for beginners

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History of the piano

There is a great piece at get-piano-lessons.com on the history of the piano as we know it.

Did you know that it was developed from the the harpsichord?

Invented in 1709 by Bartolomeo Cristofori in Italy the “Pianoforte” as we know it was born.

You can read all about this in the article here.
http://www.get-piano-lessons.com/piano-history.html

Check out this interesting vidoeo on the history of the piano