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5 Reasons to be THANKFUL for the Piano

With Thanksgiving right around the corner here in the United States, I’ve got more than turkey on my mind. It’s traditional to take the time to be thankful for family, friends, good health, and so on… but you know what else I’ve been thinking about? Why I’m thankful for the piano. I can think of… Read More

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Elegant & Simple Left Hand Technique – the Annie Rollover

Keeping things simple is what I’m all about when it comes to piano. (At least, as simple as possible.) But simple doesn’t have to mean dull and repetitive. Learning a new improv pattern or chord variation can really spice things up! Just the other day, I was playing a song using the “Annie Rollover,” a… Read More

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How to Make ANY Song Spookier/Sadder (+Learn to Play the “Hitchcock Chord!”)

Are you a fan of scary movies? Of Halloween? Of spooky things in general? Well then, it’s time for you to incorporate that into your piano playing! From Cheerful to Spooky or Sad How can you take something that’s normally very cheerful and upbeat (like a basic major chord), and change the mood entirely? If… Read More

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Meet Theresa Pitassi (Playing Piano is “Second Nature” in Just 6 Months)

I think everyone has their own kind of superpower. Whether it’s cooking up tasty meals for your loved ones, turning your yard into a bountiful garden, being a great listener and a loyal friend… everyone’s got something they excel at. A lot of people just assume that my superpower is playing piano. But that’s not… Read More

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Suspended (Sus) Chords on the Piano, Simplified!

If you’ve gone through my 5-day workbook or watched any of my YouTube videos, you’ve hopefully caught onto the fact that major and minor chords are pretty simple. There are just two formulas that cover a huge majority of the chords you’ll ever see in most modern songs! Which is awesome… but what about less… Read More

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Meet Carlos Perez (Finally Fulfilling Piano Dream after 30 Years)

There are times as a piano teacher where I think I’ve heard it all, but every time that happens… along comes another student success story that pulls at my heartstrings and reminds me how much I love what I do! That’s certainly the case with Carlos Perez, a Piano In 21 Days student who wowed… Read More

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Slash Chords on the Piano, Simplified!

So you’re rocking out to a new song on your piano, and you’re following along with a chord chart. Everything’s going great: until you see a crazy-looking chord. Or is it two chords? And what’s that slash in the middle? Maybe it looks something like this: Dm/A. Or this: B/F#. What on earth does that… Read More

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Music Theory 101 (Simple – No Music Teacher Jargon!)

Music theory: it kinda stinks, right? All those harmonic scales and key signatures and the circle of fifths… It’s enough to make a grown man cry. Or at least, to make my younger self wish wholeheartedly that I could quit piano lessons and go home to play my Super Nintendo. My History with Music Theory… Read More

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Did Paul McCartney use Piano In 21 Days???

Let’s talk about Paul Mcartney, famous member of The Quarrymen! Because way back before they were The Beatles, Paul plus John Lennon started The Quarrymen with several others, and… But I digress: we’re here to talk about Paul and the piano. 😉 One of my students sent me a short interview of Paul talking about… Read More

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