How to Play Piano with Small Hands?

Posted by Yoke Wong on 9/12/2015 to Learn To Play Piano
One common concern among youth and adult piano players alike is the size of their hands. Throughout history, many of the top piano composers and performers have been known for their large hands. For example, both Liszt and Rachmaninoff can reach 12 note spans. There is no question that this capability is an asset for mastering certain technical piano skills. However, pianists with small hands are still just as capable of capturing the attention and hearts of their listeners.

How to Compose a Song Using a I-VI-IV-V Chord Progression

Posted by Yoke Wong on 2/2/2015 to Learn To Play Piano

There are many ways to compose songs. One of the most popular methods is to use a series of chord combinations. This basic technique enables you to write music in a wide variety of styles. Whether you're brand new to playing the piano or you've been composing your own music for years, the I-VI-IV-V chord progression offers limitless possibilities.

Make a New Year's Resolution to Become a Better Piano Player

Posted by Yoke Wong on 1/10/2015 to Learn To Play Piano

Have you always wanted to learn how to play the piano? Did you take a few piano lessons as a kid but haven't done anything to improve your skills in ages? New Year is the perfect time to make a resolution to become a better piano player. Don't put off doing something that you've wanted to do for years any longer. Now is the time to take action.

How to Transpose Music on Piano

Posted by Yoke Wong on 8/18/2014 to Learn To Play Piano
As a pianist, knowing how to change the pitch of a song is important. We do this so that the people can sing the higher or lower notes in the normal voice range. This technique is called transposition.

Danny Boy Piano Lesson

Posted by Yoke Wong on 3/11/2014 to Learn To Play Piano

As one of the most popular songs for St. Patrick's Day, Danny Boy is patterned from Londonderry Air.  You can easily learn to play this on the piano. Londonderry Air is an easy piece and can be learned by pianists even at the beginner level.

Five Steps to Play A Lead Sheet

Posted by Piano Teacher on 2/25/2014 to Learn To Play Piano

What do you play in the left hand when nothing is written out? That’s when you pay attention to the letters over the melody line. Those letters indicate the chords to be played by the left hand.

Is There A Proper And Correct Piano Hand Position?

Posted by Yoke Wong on 10/23/2013 to Learn To Play Piano
Different pianists give you conflicting opinions. Depending on your level of playing and the piano repertoire you’re tackling, the recommended piano finger positions tend to vary.

Five Important Skills for Piano Beginners

Posted by Yoke Wong on 1/6/2012 to Learn To Play Piano

Learning to play the piano is a bit like learning to read. A beginner piano student must master several skills before moving on to more advanced techniques. These skills may not come intuitively at first, but require repetition and practice. Stick with it, though, and spend the time to develop a solid foundation. The time you take as a beginning student will pay off later in greater fluency. Here are the top five skills you need to master initially:

Piano Duet - Four-Hands Piano Playing

Posted by on 11/5/2011 to Learn To Play Piano

Four-hand piano music has been around for a long time: Mozart and Beethoven, Ravel and Stravinsky - among many - wrote music for piano duo performance.  The lasting popularity of four-hand piano music more than likely stems from the desire of music lovers to hear symphony or opera, even when they lived prohibitively far from any concert hall. Four-hand piano reductions of symphonic and opera scores were the way they could bring the magic of the concert hall to the parlor of a private residence, via a couple of talented players.

Play Piano By Ear vs Reading Music

Posted by Yoke Wong on 10/28/2011 to Learn To Play Piano

Playing by ear is the ability to hear a piece of music and play it without looking at sheet music. Reading music, of course, is the ability to “read” musical notes, rhythm and dynamics on sheet music, and play a piece accurately. These abilities may seem incongruent, but they actually require some of the same skills. Both have potential benefits for the pianist, and both should be cultivated.