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How To: Play "Better Off Alone" by Alice Deejay on the piano

Want to know how to perform Alice Deejay's "Better Off Alone" on the piano? Learn how with this free video piano lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and its chords. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate players, pianists of all skill levels can play along given a little time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing "Better Off Alone" on your own keyboard instrument, watch this how-to!

How To: Play "Martha My Dear" by the Beatles on piano

Playing along with your favorite songs is an enjoyable, and highly effective, way of developing your playing technique. In this piano tutorial, you'll learn how to play "Martha My Dear" by Paul McCartney of the Beatles. While the lesson is geared toward players of an intermediate skill level, all players can follow along given adequate time and motivation. To get started playing "Martha My Dear" on your own piano or keyboard, press play!

How To: Use music dynamics (Forte, Fortissimo, Pianissimo)

This video presents a piano tutorial which explains music dynamics in playing music, which illustrate a change in the volume or intensity in your playing. The basic dynamics are forte (f), which means to play loudly, and piano (p), which means to play softly. Notations added to the left side of forte and piano signs such as mF and mP signify mezzo forte and mezzo piano, meaning that the part should be played relatively loud and relatively soft, respectively. FF and PP, fortissimo and pianissi...

How To: Play "Bennie and the Jets" by Elton John

In this video, we learn how to play "Bennie and the Jets" by Elton John. Start out with A, E, C. Next, go to the G and then to the A. After this, go to B, A, A, sharp, and D. After this, you will have started to do the intro to the song. You will be playing with your right hand during this. Next, you will trip again and go to A, A sharp, B, A sharp, G, E, then finally to the G in the new measure. Continue to play until you reach the end of the song. You will go through all the different keys ...

How To: Strengthen your 4th & 5th fingers with piano exercises

If you are looking to improve your piano technique then this how to video is the place to start. You will learn how to strengthen your fourth and fifth fingers with this easy piano exercise. The fourth and fifth fingers are often the weakest fingers when playing piano. You must learn to strengthen then so you can play piano better. This exercise also improves the extension between the ring finger and the pinky finger. This is a great exercise for beginner to advanced students. With this tutor...

How To: Play rolled chords on the piano

This how to video talks about rolled chords on the piano or keyboard. A rolled chord is a sequence of notes played almost at the same time like strumming a chord on a guitar and very common to provide a harp-like effect on the piano. There are two main uses for rolled chords, one is for the sound effect it makes when played, and the other use is to join big chords that wouldn't be possible for the average person to play solid. This technique is commonly used in 20th century piano music. Watch...

How To: Play Billy Preston's solo from the Beatles' "Get Back"

Want to know how to perform Billy Preston's classic solo from the Beatles' "Get Back" on the piano or ogan? Learn how with this free video piano lesson. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate players, pianists of all skill levels can play along given a little time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing the solo from this classic McCartney song on your own keyboard instrument, watch this how-to!

How To: Play drums on a keyboard MIDI controller

Jason Johnson with Revolution Audio shows us some easy steps to creating a basic midi drumbeat using your keyboard. To start, the kick drum is located at C1, this is in a different location depending on the number of keys your keyboard has. The other drums which are included are left and right snares, the tones, high hat closed, open high hat, and the pedal high hat. There are also the cymbals which include the crash, often used at the end of measures and the ride which is employed often in j...

How To: Play famous Bjork riffs on the piano

This tutorial is designed to help you play famous riffs by Bjork on the piano or keyboard. These songs aren't taught in a literal or mechanical fashion but rather is taught to grasp the song's structural parameters & essence. This video include riffs from Human Behaviour, Joga, Bachelorette, The Modern Things, Army of Me, It's Oh So Quiet, & Isobel. This how to video is for beginner to intermediate piano students. With this lesson you will be able to play famous riffs by Bjork on piano.

How To: Do reggaeton beat sequencing

In this video series, learn how to sequence Reggaeton beats on a Korg Triton keyboard. Our synth expert, Ryan Larson, will explain the basic sequencing process step by step, including how to use samples, setup and create loops, choose and add effects to tracks, record instruments like a thumping bass drum, crisp hi hat cymbals, tight snare hits, and other percussion, add bass lines, keyboard melodies and horns, how to mix tracks, and even how to play the sequencer for a live performance.

How To: Play Billy Joel's "Vienna" on piano

Playing along with your favorite songs is an enjoyable, and highly effective, way of developing your playing technique. In this one-two piano tutorial, you'll learn how to play "Vienna" by Billy Joel. While the lesson is geared toward players of an intermediate skill level, all players can follow along given adequate time and motivation. To get started playing "Vienna" on your own piano or keyboard, press play!

How To: Play Art Tatum two-finger descending runs on piano

If you have so much as a passing interest in jazz piano, then you've surely heard of Art Tatum. This two-part tutorial offers a visual demonstration of one of Art Tatum's favorite licks, the two-finger descending run. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate or advanced pianists, players of all skill levels can play along. Watch this tutorial to get started playing two-finger runs.

How To: Play polyrhythms on the piano

Polyrhythm is the simultaneous sounding of two or more independent rhythms. A common example of a polyrhythm is 3 notes against 2, with the 3 beat pattern being faster than the 2 beat pattern, so that they both take the same amount of time. This how to video teaches the polyrhythmic structures of 2 against 3 and 3 against 4. This is a technique for the advanced musician and pianist. Watch this how to video and you will finally figure out the mystery behind playing polyrhythms.

How To: Play the same piano chord different ways

Chord inversions are a great way to use the same series of notes in a chord to get different voicings. For the example in this video use a C-major triad, which contain the notes C, E, G. Playing these three notes in this pattern is called the root inversion. The first inversion is to use the root being C and put the note up one octave. Now the chord is played E, G, and C. The second inversion is two take the E and put that note up one octave. Now the pattern goes G, C, and E. These three inve...

How To: Play famous Tori Amos riffs on the piano

Are you a fan of Tori Amos? This tutorial is designed to help you play famous riffs by Tori Amos on the piano or keyboard. This two part lesson demonstrates riffs from Silent All These Years, Precious Things, Pretty Good Year, A Sorta Fairytale, Cooling, iieee, Winter, Spark (extended), Cornflake Girl, Lust, Bliss, Take Me with You, and Space Dog.. This video will help you understand these riffs by Tori Amos and enables you to make them your own. This how to video is for intermediate to advan...

How To: Play Caesars' "Jerk It Out" on the piano

Want to know how to perform Caesars' "Jerk It Out" on the piano? Work it out with this free video piano lesson, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and its chords. While this tutorial is best suited for intermediate players, pianists of all skill levels can play along given a little time and effort. For more information, and to get started playing "Jerk It Out" on your own keyboard instrument, watch this how-to!

How To: Play "The Long and Winding Road" by the Beatles

Playing along with your favorite songs is an enjoyable, and highly effective, way of developing your playing technique. In this piano tutorial, which is broken up into three parts, you'll learn how to play "The Long and Winding Road" by Paul McCartney of the Beatles. While the lesson is geared toward players of an intermediate skill level, all players can follow along given adequate time and motivation. To get started playing "The Long and Winding Road" on your own piano or keyboard, press play!

How To: Play the Beatles' "A Day in the Life" on piano

Playing along with your favorite songs is an enjoyable, and highly effective, way of developing your playing technique. In this piano tutorial, you'll learn how to play "A Day in the Life" by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of the Beatles. While the lesson is geared toward players of an intermediate skill level, all players can follow along given adequate time and motivation. To get started playing "A Day in the Life" on your own piano or keyboard, press play!

How To: Play "Tiny Dancer" by Elton John on piano

Playing along with your favorite songs is an enjoyable, and highly effective, way of developing your playing technique. In this piano tutorial, you'll learn how to play Elton John's "Tiny Dancer." While the lesson is geared toward players of an intermediate skill level, all players can follow along given adequate time and motivation. To get started playing "Tiny Dancer" on your own piano or keyboard, press play!

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