Author: David Hendra (page 2 of 4)

Get paid to teach while you learn for free!

As a busy piano and keyboard teacher, I spend a lot of time teaching people to acquire and develop new musical skills and knowledge.  But these same people often teach me things too…

Tyros John

John is one of my adult keyboard pupils.  He currently owns a Yamaha Tyros 5 – the “Rolls Royce” of keyboards!   Continue reading

VIDEO: How to play “Hold Back the River” by James Bay

This is a nice easy one – not many different notes, and all on the white keys!  Enjoy…

Magnetic musical note board makes note learning easy!

Do you teach a musical instrument?  Try this inexpensive and easy-to-make magnetic learning resource to teach note names and positions to your pupils!

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Like all the best ideas, this one is pinched from someone else.  My friend Sandie (herself a piano teacher) showed me a similar magnetic board she bought some years ago with movable note heads. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find one anywhere – so I decided to make one.  It’s quick and easy, and all the materials are really inexpensive.  Give it a try! Continue reading

VIDEO: How to play “Hold My Hand” by Jess Glynne

I’ve added another piano tutorial video to YouTube –  this time it’s Hold My Hand by Jess Glynne…

Enjoy – and please let me know what you think in the comments below!

4 vital steps to learning a keyboard piece

Looking for a sure-fire method to boost your keyboard practice? No problem! Read on…

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Along with teaching piano, I have several pupils learning to play keyboard. By ‘keyboard’ I mean electronic or ‘chord’ keyboard: the type where you play a melody in the right hand, chord shapes in the left and the keyboard takes care of the rest with drums, accompaniment parts, multiple instrument voices, extra harmonies, etc. Most of my pupils use Yamaha keyboards such as the PSR-E343 which I strongly recommend for beginners on a budget. Continue reading

6 great ways to get more music pupils!

About two and a half years ago I left behind my career as a primary school teacher and set out to carve a new business teaching piano and keyboard. Now I have over 40 regular weekly pupils. With teaching, lesson preparation, blog & video posts and the development of an online business (more soon!) I am once again in ‘full-time’ work – and more!

A few years ago my son was in a similar position, starting out as a music teacher. A wealthy businessman friend of ours gave him this advice: “Early to bed, early to rise, practice like hell and ADVERTISE!” Perhaps you’re teaching music privately like me, or perhaps you’re just thinking about it? I’m certainly no business expert or guru, but I’m pleased with my progress so far, so I’m sharing my advertising methods in case they can help you on your way… Continue reading

You want to learn to play…what? (YouTube to the rescue!)

On occasions I ask people, “What song or piece would you like to be able to play on the piano?” Whether it’s a pupil I have been teaching for a while, a brand new starter or even someone who has never had a music lesson in their life, they almost always have an answer.  Most people have apparently thought about it before!  But when it comes to helping them reach their goal, their answers can be quite challenging…

Sometimes it might be a well-known (possibly classical) piece that is far beyond their skill level. If so, I have check to see if there is a published simplified arrangement. Continue reading

“Sorry, I can’t make it – again!” (People who cancel their music lessons)

About 10-20% of my regular lessons in a week end up being cancelled or rearranged for one reason or another.  Often my pupils give me plenty of notice, but there are always those who wait until the eleventh hour…

people who cancel their music lessons

photo credit: photosteve101 (licence)

Quite soon after becoming a piano & keyboard teacher, I discovered that when pupils cancel a lesson at the last minute, it is almost impossible fill the slot with another pupil given such short notice.  This results in a loss of income for me, which left unchecked, can build up into a significant amount.   Continue reading

Sheet Music: Superman Theme

For those who want it, here’s the sheet music to go with the teaching video of the “Superman” theme:

Sheet music – “Superman theme”

I’ve included all the finger numbers from the video and the note names for those who prefer these.

The original video is here.

Can you play this yet?  Let me know in the comments below…

More printable key guides – UPDATED

I’ve added the outer octaves to my free printable key guides, so now you can cover four octaves. These should fit any piano or keyboard with standard sized keys.

Make sure you line them up with the black keys (in groups of twos and threes) and make sure the third overlay starts with Middle C.  On a piano, Middle C is approximately in the middle – obvious, I suppose!

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On a 5 octave (61 key) electronic keyboard, Middle C is more to the left of centre and the first guide will line up with the lowest key on the keyboard.

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Just download and print these files:

piano key overlay – middle octaves

piano key overlay – outer octaves

and then trim the guides to size.

What do you think?  Are these going to be useful to you?  Can you suggest any improvements? Please comment below so that I can keep updating and improving these resources.  Or if your prefer, you can Contact Me directly.

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