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Piano Posture & Techniques

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How to Breathe Fluidly during Piano Exercises

Breathing is an integral part of piano exercises — after all, it's the model for fluid motion where the end of an inhalation is the beginning of an exhalation. When you play the piano think of the music [more…]

How to Warm Up Your Wrists for Piano Exercises

Before you begin piano exercises, warm up your wrists, shoulders, and other body parts. Doing so helps the physical component of playing the piano by heightening awareness of your body and the way you [more…]

Piano Exercise: Practicing Chord Relaxation with a Two-Chord Progression

Aspire to play chords with a relaxed approach — that is, don't hold tension in your hands, arms, and body. You do need a certain amount of muscle tone and firmness in the finger joints to play nice, solid [more…]

Two Piano Exercises for One Hand on Top

Try these two piano exercises, which give you some practice with top/bottom hand positions. The exercises are fun to do on the piano and provide a visual treat, yet they can be tricky and challenge your [more…]

How to Get in Keyboard Playing Position

Playing a keyboard involves your whole body. Just wiggling your fingers about isn’t enough; you need to consider your sitting/standing position, your neck and shoulders, your arms and wrists, and even [more…]

How to Make Smooth Crossings on the Keyboard

Stretching works well for medium moves in hand position, but often you need to move across more than five notes all occurring in a row on the keyboard. Here are a few techniques to choose from.. [more…]

How to Play Offbeat Rhythms on the Piano or Keyboard

When you understand note values and ways to extend those values with ties and dots on the piano, you can expand your rhythmic range with some fancy ways to divide, delay, anticipate, and swing note values [more…]

How to Play Songs with Challenging Rhythms on the Piano or Keyboard

The songs you find here give you a chance to play music on the piano or keyboard featuring rhythmic tricks, from pickup measures to ties and dots to swing eighth notes and syncopation. [more…]

How to Play the Piano or Keyboard in C and G Position

Position is a common term you hear regarding any musical instrument. Using effective hand positions is vital to playing the keyboard or piano well. From each designated position, you can easily access [more…]

How to Shift Positions on the Piano or Keyboard

Shifting positions on the piano or keyboard can be smooth and easy when rests are involved, but when the melody doesn’t stop, you must find alternative ways to move between positions. The best way is to [more…]

How to Play Melodies in the Right Hand on the Piano or Keyboard

When you know the techniques for playing melodies in the right hand, you’re guaranteed to want to put them to use on the piano or keyboard playing more melodies. The following are four well-known melodies [more…]

Major Scale Degrees on the Piano or Keyboard

If you are a budding piano player, you should familiarize yourself with the major scale. Each of the eight notes in a major scale is assigned a scale degree [more…]

Minor Scales on the Piano or Keyboard

You need to understand something right away to be a piano or keyboard player: Minor scales are no less important or smaller in size than major scales. They just have an unfortunate name. Minor scales come [more…]

How to Play the Piano or Keyboard with Your Left Hand

If you consider middle C the middle of the keyboard, you can think of the keys to the right of middle C as the East Side and the keys to the left of middle C as the West Side. It’s time to head west. [more…]

How to Play Left Hand Scales on the Piano or Keyboard

Scales may not be the most exciting things to play, but they are great when learning to play the piano or keyboard. By playing left-hand scales you unwittingly master the following music essentials: [more…]

How to Play Accompaniment Patterns on the Piano or Keyboard

Scales and melodies are fine material for the left hand, but they aren’t Lefty’s main gig on the paino or keyboard. Rather, your left hand begs to be playing [more…]

How to Combine Notes on the Piano or Keyboard for Harmonic Intervals

In simple piano exercises, you play each interval as single notes to see and hear the distance between each. But that’s not harmony. You have to play the intervals [more…]

How to Link Musical Parts on the Piano or Keyboard to Create Forms

The division of music into parts occurs when you link two or more periods on the piano or keyboard that sound like they belong together. They share major harmonic focal points, similar melody lines, and [more…]

How to Play Songs with Harmonic Intervals on the Piano or Keyboard

As a beginning piano or keyboard player, you will start out with simple songs. Once you get some practice, you’ll be getting antsy for something more complicated. Feeling ready to play songs with more [more…]

How to Play a Major Chord on the Piano or Keyboard

Major chords are the most frequently used in piano or keyboard playing. They are the most familiar, and easiest triads to play. It’s a good bet that most folk and popular songs you know have one or two [more…]

How to Play a Minor Chord on the Piano or Keyboard

Piano and keyboard players need to know how to build a minor chord. Like the major chord, a minor chord is a triad comprised of a root note, a third interval, and a fifth interval. Written as a chord symbol [more…]

How to Play Augmented and Diminished Chords on the Piano or Keyboard

In addition to major and minor chords, piano and keyboard players should be familiar with augmented and diminished chords. Major and minor chords differ from each other only in the third interval. The [more…]

How to Play Suspended Chords on the Piano or Keyboard

Another popular type of three-note chord in the piano playing world, although it’s technically not a triad, is the suspended chord. The name means “hanging,” and the sound of a suspended chord always leaves [more…]

How to Play Chord Inversions on the Piano or Keyboard

Always playing chords on the piano or keyboard with the root at the bottom means you have to jump your hand around the keyboard, which can result in difficult, choppy-sounding playing. [more…]

How to Play Songs with Chords on the Piano or Keyboard

These songs give you some experience adding chords to familiar songs on the piano or keyboard. As you play the songs, try to identify the chords as you play them in the left hand and match them to the [more…]

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