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Hand Positions – Where Do My Hands Go?

The all-too-familiar questions for the piano teacher. . . Where do my hands go? What position is this song in? The most commonly used piano method books such as Alfred series or the Bastien series use what are called “hand positions.” Why are they used? They are used to focus on learning a group of Read more about Hand Positions – Where Do My Hands Go?[…]

The Basics of the Staff

STAFF: ┬áMusic notes are placed on a series of lines and spaces called the staff. The staff is made up of five lines and four spaces.           LINE & SPACE NOTES: Some notes are placed on the line and some are in the spaces between the lines. Notes with the line Read more about The Basics of the Staff[…]

Naming Black Keys on the Piano

SHARPS & FLATS: The black keys on the piano are grouped into a pattern of sets of 2 black keys and sets of 3 black keys. Each black key is called a sharp or a flat. The same key has two different names. Naming the set of 3 black keys: The first black key of Read more about Naming Black Keys on the Piano[…]

Naming White Keys on the Piano

The music alphabet is shorter than the regular alphabet, as it only has seven letters. They are A-B-C-D-E-F-G. It is a good idea to learn them backwards as well. G-F-E-D-C-B-A. The white keys on the piano are A-B-C-D-E-F-G, then repeats A-B-C-D-E-F-G.   FINDING F-G-A-B ON THE PIANO Let’s use the set of 3 black keys Read more about Naming White Keys on the Piano[…]

Keyboard Direction Up vs. Down

When someone says, “look up,” you raise your eyes to the skies. And if someone asks you to look down, your head and eyes gaze toward the ground. Not in piano. When you move your hands “up” or higher on the piano – it means to move your hands to the right, where the higher Read more about Keyboard Direction Up vs. Down[…]

How Long Should I Practice?

As students come to me for their first lesson, that all-too-familiar question is asked by either the student or their parent. How long should I practice? Growing up, my mom would set the kitchen “buzzer” on the stove for 30 minutes. When the buzzer went off, it was the end of my practice time. In Read more about How Long Should I Practice?[…]