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How To: Play Claude Debussy's "Claire de lune" on the piano

Absolutely everybody has heard of it, regardless of whether they know it by name or not… "Clair de lune" by Claude Debussy. This masterpiece by the French composer is one of the most recognized piano pieces in the world. Debussy is regarded as one of the fathers of modern classical music, and the "Clair de lune" shows why. He introduced new, innovative approaches to harmony and sound textures that have inspired generations of musicians.

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: 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 piano chords

This how to video describes how to play basic piano chords. The author begins by explaining musical intervals and how they build chords. He then shows you how to play major and minor chords and how they relate to melodic and harmonic intervals. This video is perfect for those just beginning to play piano or those who want to learn a little bit of music theory. The video itself lasts about ten minuets and provides a great base for beginning music theory.

How To: Play One Republic "Apologize"

Viewers learn to play One Republic "Apologize" with this video. The whole song rotates through C, A-flat, B-flat, and B. Repeats though the whole song. First part plays with the C octave-G, C, E-flat, 5-1-3-1 fingers. Second part: Move down to A-flat with left and with the right play A-flat, C, F. Same fingering. Move up to E-flat. E-flat, E-flat G. Same fingering. Roll from F to E-flat. Next, move left to D, B-flat, D and F. Same fingering. One time. Roll from E-flat to D. Next, play C, A-fl...

How To: Play the C minor blues scale on the piano

This video shows a musicians hands as he explains and demonstrates how to play the C minor blues scale. The notes in the scale are: C, E-flat, F, G-flat, G, B-flat, C. He then explains the fingering: 1, 2, 3, 4, 1, 2, 3. He demonstrates different patterns with the left and right hand that use the notes in this scale in a 12-bar blues riff. This video would be helpful to anyone learning to play blues piano. After you understand the scale, you can experiment on your own.

How To: Do sequencing on Korg Triton keyboards

Now that you know the power of the music, in this free video series, learn how to sequence your own beats on a Korg Triton Studio keyboard. Our synth expert, RT Ouk, will explain the basic sequencing process in detail, including how to use the function tabs on the keyboard (program, mixer, play loop, sampling, preference, top edit, and menu), how to set the tempo, how to select individual tracks, quantize input resolution, record a song, edit a track, insert and master effects—and even how to...

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: 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 "Your Song" by Elton John on piano

Playing along with your favorite songs is an enjoyable, and highly effective, way of improving your playing technique. In this keyboard tutorial, you'll learn how to play Elton John's "Your Song." 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 "Your Song," press play!

How To: Play "Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney 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 "Maybe I'm Amazed" by Paul McCartney. 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 "Maybe I'm Amazed" on your own piano or keyboard, press play!

How To: Play hip hop beats on piano

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 "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" 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 "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" by George Harrison 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 "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" on your own piano or keyboard, press play!

How To: Play Michelle by The Beatles on Piano - Piano Tutorial

Video: . You don't have to know how to read piano chords or piano sheet music in order to use this piano tutorial. Connect a piano keyboard or start playing on your computer keyboard right away! Practice one hand at a time, change playback speed, transpose to a different key, create loops to repeat, track your progress and much more.. How to Play Michelle by The Beatles - Interactive Piano Tutorial.

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