• Jingle Bells

    Jingle Bells

    Jingle Bells Piano This Jingle Bells piano version is a fun and lively arrangement of the song that has some challenging sections to learn, most notably in the fast moving bassline of the left hand part. It is suitable for piano players who are reasonably early on in their learning as it is in a…

  • The Blues Scales

    The Blues Scales

    The Blues Scales Explained I am always getting asked by piano players, guitarists and solo instrumentalists to show them the blues scale. They think that learning the “blues scale” will help them to write and perform blues style music – and they are correct! However, there are actually 4 different “blues scales” that can be…

  • The Degrees of the Scale

    The Degrees of the Scale

    The Degrees of the Scale Every major and minor scale has 8 notes. These individual notes are called degrees of the scale. We could number them 1-8, but this would get confusing when we start to talk about other numbers such as beats in a bar, chord numbers and fingering for instruments such as piano…

  • The Minor Scales

    The Minor Scales

    The Minor Scales Explained The minor scale is the scale which sounds negative – it is used by composers to depict sad, melancholic or even angry/dramatic moods. However, there are in fact 3 minor scales which you will come across and can use: Natural Minor Scale Harmonic Minor Scale Melodic Minor Scale Each scale sounds…

  • The Major Scale

    The Major Scale

    The Major scale Explained The major scale is the scale which sounds positive – it is used when a composer wants to depict happiness, hope, joy or even a party atmosphere. In order to be able to recognise and play a major scale you need to understand semitones (half tones) and tones. Semitones Look at…

  • How To Read Sheet Music For Piano

    How To Read Sheet Music For Piano

    Learning how to read sheet music for piano can be quite daunting at first because it looks like a series of lots of lines and dots with several random symbols thrown in for good measure. The key thing to remember is that piano music simply uses the basic elements of sheet music – it just has a lot…

  • The Elements of Music

    The Elements of Music

    The elements of music can be seen as being the building blocks of music. Without them, music (of any style/age) would not exist because sound itself would not exist! Think of the elements of music like the crucial elements of a car. A car needs wheels, an engine, brakes, doors, a chassis, a steering wheel,…

  • Reading Straight Rhythms

    Reading Straight Rhythms

    Today we’re going to start to learn how to read and play on-beat (straight) rhythms. The only way to learn rhythms is to have a go at playing them. Rhythm must be felt and played, not just read so, as we go through this session make sure you try out the examples. Feel The Pulse…

  • Making it Easy

    Learning To Read Music The Easy Way Many people are daunted by the prospect of learning how to read music. They know it is going to help make them a better musician, but it seems like such a massive task. They also think that it’s going to be terribly boring! Let me dispel the myth.…

  • Reading Complex Rhythms

    Reading Complex Rhythms

    In the previous lesson of how to read sheet music we looked at simple rhythms involving whole notes, half notes and quarter notes). However, most of the music you are going to want to play is going to contain shorter notes (eighth notes and sixteenth notes). Some people feel intimidated by these smaller divisions (there…

  • How To Read Guitar Sheet Music

    How To Read Guitar Sheet Music Learning how to read standard guitar notation is very similar to learning how to read music for any instrument. The basic features of a stave, notes and other notation markings are all found. There are also similar features to piano notation such as fingering suggestions. It is more simple…