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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…

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 ‘Top Cat’ theme tune

A new video for you today – the theme tune from the cartoon series ‘Top Cat’ – one of my childhood favourites:

Let me know how you get on with it, and feel free to suggest any simple tunes for future videos!

Video: how to play the Flintstones theme tune

Here’s the next video in my step-by-step series, this time it’s the Flintstones!  Follow the notes carefully, and pay particular attention to using the same finger numbers that I use.

Have fun – and get in touch if you need any help or if you have any suggestions to improve the videos.

Video: how to play the EastEnders theme tune

When people ask me what I do and I tell them I teach piano, they often tell me about a tune they can play. If there’s a piano or keyboard nearby, I always encourage them to show me and make sure I praise their efforts. It’s amazing how many people, despite never taking piano lessons, have taken the time to learn at least something on the piano.  It’s usually fairly simple and almost always involves only one hand, but nevertheless people take great pleasure in being able to play a piece, however short or easy.

I think that’s brilliant.  I dislike the elitism that sometimes surrounds pianists and piano lessons.  Musical instruments are there to be enjoyed, and you can do this without the need to take lessons or spend hours trying to teach yourself something difficult or figure out how to read music.

So I thought I’d start putting up some easy, step-by-step videos to help anyone to start playing tunes. There’s no music to read, you just follow the patterns I show you and hopefully you will pick up a few tunes.  If you don’t have a piano or keyboard, just download a free piano app onto your iPad or whatever.

The first video (below) is for the EastEnders theme tune.  Give it a try, and tell me how you get on.  I’ll try to use any feedback to improve future videos.


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