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?
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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
Most piano methods start out with students playing only the black keys of the piano. However, after a brief introduction to playing on the black keys, it's common to head over to the white keys and spend the next several years playing only white keys. This kind of makes sense since the key of C with no sharps or flats is the most common starting point on the piano. But, there are a lot of … [Read more...] about 5 Reasons To Learn Tons Of Black Key Piano Songs
Most piano students are interested in learning popular music, but it can be challenging to find piano arrangements of popular music that are approachable, pedagogical and satisfying. For piano teachers, it can be hard to stay on top of the popular music trends. After all, it's a genre that is constantly changing. When browsing online for sheet music of current hits and popular music, … [Read more...] about 10 Intermediate Pop Collections For Piano Students
Piano-related injuries are no joke! Most non-pianists might laugh at the idea of someone getting hurt while sitting at a piano. But, if you've spent any significant time at a piano, you know how quickly you can start to feel pain, tension or discomfort. As someone who deals with chronic pain from posture-related issues, I'm a firm believer in finding ways to help our bodies stay healthy and … [Read more...] about Piano Posture and Injury Prevention
Parents often approach me with questions about how to read and interpret all of those tricky sign and symbols in their child's piano book. This is understandable, because if a parent has no music background, reading music can seem like a foreign language. I'm always looking for ways to help parents crack the code behind music and to make it easy for them to help their child practice. I'm … [Read more...] about Piano Parent Tips