A common first question from new piano students is, “What do the pedals do?” The pedal on the right clearly changes the sound of the piano, but the other pedals might not seem to sound very different. Let's learn about the purpose of the pedals, starting with the pedal on the right. Sustain Pedal The sustain pedal, also called the damper pedal, is the pedal you will use the most at the … [Read more...] about What Do The Piano Pedals Do?
This post is a sponsored post in partnership with Skoove. All opinions are 100% my own. I'm always on the lookout for great online resources to help people learn their favorite piano songs. I wish I could pull up a chair at the piano and give you your own personalized lesson every week. But, time, distance and money are often factors that make in-person piano lessons a challenge. … [Read more...] about Learn Piano Online: Skoove Review
Everyone needs to know how to play Happy Birthday on the piano! It's an easy song, and it's fun to be able to give someone a musical greeting on their birthday. Here are two super easy versions of Happy Birthday in Middle C Position. One is notated on the staff, the other is off the staff. Click here to download sheet music: Happy Birthday Pre Reading Middle C … [Read more...] about Free Easy Piano Sheet Music: Happy Birthday
'Tis the season for piano students to learn Christmas songs! Pianists always have to get an early start on learning Christmas songs so that our music is ready for Christmas performances and to help spread holiday cheer throughout the season. But, brand new piano students often aren't reading notated sheet music yet, and if they are, they need something super simple. Today, I have an … [Read more...] about Free Easy Piano Sheet Music: Jolly Old St. Nicholas
I recently shared my favorite Christmas solo collections that I return to year after year. I also want to share some of the Christmas piano duet collections that have become staples in my studio over the years. I have so many wonderful memories of playing Christmas duets with friends, colleagues, students and family members over the years. The Christmas season offers a perfect opportunity … [Read more...] about 10 Intermediate & Advanced Christmas Piano Duet Collections
I LOVE selecting, preparing and playing Christmas music for both myself and my students. I have a pretty big collection of Christmas piano solos, but there are a handful of favorites that I return to year after year. It's hard to find a Christmas piano solo that really stands out. Honestly, most arrangements tend to sound the same to me, unless the arranger has made special care to add … [Read more...] about 10 Intermediate & Advanced Christmas Piano Solo Collections