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How to Play a Gliss on the Piano or Keyboard

A glissando (also known as a gliss in this lazy music industry) is a fast slide across several keys on the keyboard. There’s nothing quite like starting and ending a song with this effect. It will dazzle [more…]

How to Play a Tremolo on the Piano or Keyboard

A trill occurs when you flutter your fingers very quickly between two notes that are close together on the piano or keyboard, either a half step or whole step apart. So, what do you call fluttering between [more…]

Great Left-Hand Accompaniment Patterns for the Piano or Keyboard

One of the most important tools for your piano playing bag of tricks is a good supply of left-hand accompaniment patterns. Any time you’re faced with playing straight chords or even playing melodies from [more…]

How to Apply Great Intros and Finales on the Piano or Keyboard

A good pianist should always be able to begin and end a piece in an interesting way. You can join the ranks of good pianists by filing away some stock intros and finales [more…]

Great Intros for the Piano or Keyboard

When the singer needs a good intro, who’s going to play it? The drummer? Probably not. You are. A piano or keyboard intro is a great addition to a song. And it can’t be any old intro — it’s gotta be good [more…]

Great Finales for the Piano or Keyboard

The band is building up to the final chord, and it’s time for the big finish. Why not add a little piano or keyboard as a finale? The singer belts the last lyric, and it’s up to you to drop the curtain [more…]

How to Play the Blues on the Piano or Keyboard

The blues has its own scale. How do you apply the blues to the piano or keyboard? Its time to create your own blues from scratch. That’s right: You get to be a composer. [more…]

How to Play Rock and Pop on the Piano or Keyboard

Feel like playing some rock or pop on the piano or keyboard? Most early rock and pop songs follow the structure of either the 12-bar blues or the 32-bar blues. Chuck Berry’s “Johnny B. Goode” is one variation [more…]

How to Play Jazz on the Piano or Keyboard

If there’s one particular music style that embraces all that the piano can do, it’s jazz. Celebrated by many as America’s greatest art form, jazz is king when it comes to interesting chord harmonies, changing [more…]

How to Play Soul on the Piano or Keyboard

Talk about a broad category of music for the piano! Soulcan encompass anything from R&B (“rhythm and blues”) to gospel, hip-hop, and rap. Such soulful styles have been made popular by artists like Stevie [more…]

How to Play Country on the Piano or Keyboard

Before there was rock and roll, there was country. And believe it or not, you can play country on the piano or keyboard. This style often sounds relaxed, lyrical, simple, and grassroots-ish, but it ain’t [more…]

How to Play Intervals on the Piano or Keyboard

Playing piano can be like having a choir at your fingertips. You have a ten-member group, some are shorter and some are taller, some like to show off and some prefer to blend in, and one or two really [more…]

How to Play Chords without Tension on the Piano or Keyboard

Chord playing is one of the greatest pleasures — and biggest advantages — of playing the piano. The piano sounds the best when you make the most of its full harmonic potential. [more…]

How to Pedal Chords on the Piano or Keyboard

Here, you can see the two most common pedaling indications. On your piano, press the pedal down at the “Ped.” sign, and release (pedal up) at the asterisk or at the bracket ending the line. These indications [more…]

Pedal Exercises for the Piano or Keyboard

You can use the pedal on the piano or keyboard to achieve different effects with your musical sound and add a whole new dimension to your playing. Give these exercises a try for some practice. [more…]

Jump Exercises for the Piano or Keyboard

The key to making good, accurate jumps on the piano or keyboard is the same whether the jump is big or small: Maintain a comfortable, balanced hand position as you jump from the starting hand position [more…]

Broken Chord Exercises for the Piano or Keyboard

To expand your piano expertise, you should try some broken chord exercises. Broken-chord patterns are common in accompaniment figures and can help make you a well-rounded player. Check out these four patterns [more…]

How to Play Handoffs on the Piano or Keyboard

On a piano or keyboard, a handoff is achieved by passing a melodic line from one hand to the other. Typically your left hand will hand off an ascending line to your right hand, and vice versa. [more…]

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