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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…

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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.

Piano: Teach Yourself Or Get A Teacher? 6 Key Questions To Help You Decide…

If you ask several piano players how they learnt to play, you’re likely to get some quite different answers.  Some will have received very formal (probably classical) tuition from a ‘proper’ piano teacher.  Others will have been taught by a parent, relative or friend.  Still others will have used a book or an online resource to teach themselves from scratch.  You will also find many who (like me) have used a combination of these methods.  So, how do you decide which is best for you?

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Here are 6 key questions to ask yourself and some ideas to get you thinking: Continue reading

Video: How to play the “Superman” theme tune

Here’s a nice simple one that lots of people will know when you play it.  Easy, step-by-step instructions.  I’ve added the note sheet above the video for those who like things that way, too.

I’ve put a handful of these videos up now – how are you finding them?  Are you able to play the songs I teach?  Is the training too slow, too fast or about right?  Was it any help that I added the note names to this video?  Please let me know your thoughts by commenting below.

Video: How to play the “Wallace and Gromit” theme tune

This tune is popular with many of my young pupils.  I hope you have fun figuring it out.  Remember you can download and print out my piano key guides if you need them.

I will shortly be making the sheet music available for this song and also for the songs in my other videos.  I’ll post on the blog when these free resources are ready, so subscribe to my updates if you want to get them as soon as they are here!

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