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With PianoEasy you learn a lot. Within a term people are playing around with their repertoires, making up their own blues or working with all their chords playing pop songs. Some people may already be composing their own song. Within two terms some people are doing lots of improvising; with the blues, with our jazz chords, with all those flat and minor chords. Within a year people are also reading quite advanced pieces and no one’s repertoire is the same. Within two years...

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Fake music - Sad

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It’s a tragedy that nowadays people generally feel bad about their playing! It’s true! Most people who have had, sometimes years of piano lessons apologise and tell you they are not very good. Even performing musicians say they are scared of being found out for not being good enough. They often will tell you that they are just self-taught and can’t even read. Only a small percentage of our top players and some people who are blessed with a bit less of the “I care...

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Where Traditional Music Education Went Down The Wrong Path

Being completely besotted with playing the piano myself, I believe that unfortunately Western music education, that is generally focussed on teaching people to make music by teaching them how to read, has created a society where now there is this mythical idea that making music is only either for those who are mysteriously gifted or for people who started at 3 years of age and practise for 8 hours a day…

it always struck me that I commonly meet two types of piano players:

  1. People who...

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Put On Your Blues Shoes!

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GET INTO IT!

Hold on to your seats (and listen for that I IV V, some grace notes and riffs):

Solo piano; young Luka Sestak (a few years ahead for some of you).

Here is Diana Krall, playing a blues in Bb “Baby Baby, One More Time"

Pinetop Perkins: slow blues

Sweet Home Chicago

Here is Elvis playing Blue Suede Shoes, (he is using A, D and E for his I, IV and V chords.)

Oscar Peterson C Jam Blues

Stormy Monday T Bone Walker

I like this Stormy Monday by Rose Winters too:

And by Johnny...

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Ten ideas to connect with your inner musician

  1. Open up to a fresh take on an old piece in your repertoire.
    Pay close attention to the way you're playing each note, your posture and breathing, and think of how you are making those hammers hit the strings. Try playing loud, soft, fast, slow, sustained, snappy, straight, or swinging - see how the piece can change completely when you mix up the dynamics. You can also try changing the piece itself by adding notes or doubling up on them, changing words and melodies or altering the rhythm.
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Learning more than music

Anneka behind the PianoEasy program

What happens in the early stages of the wonderful PianoEasy program?

      • PianoEasy become familiar with the mechanics of the piano and how the keys, strings, pedal and dampers work;
      • PianoEasy players learn how to work best with their bodies in order to make the most beautiful music on this instrument (that isn’t very easy to adjust to your body);
      • PianoEasy players become thoroughly familiar with that wonderful “2 blacks 3 blacks” pattern and soon learn all the twelve note...

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How pianos became what they are today

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A piano is an incredible invention! Its design has been perfected over hundreds of years and continues to be improved upon even now.

 

Before humans had anything recognisable as a piano, we had the harpsichord and hammered dulcimer.

 

The harpsichord is like a piano in that it has a keyboard and strings, but the strings are plucked instead of hammered so it produces a very different sound.

The hammered dulcimer is like a piano because, as the name suggests, the strings...

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Improvisation

Being able to make things up as we go along is a great skill to have in life, and it's equally important in playing piano. A great example of that happened at a Ray Charles concert in 1958 when Charles and his band had played all of their songs and still had time to spare - he improvised a song he called "What'd I say?", which some say was the first soul song. It became so popular that he ended all of his performances with it from then on.

 

Some piano players (like Ben Folds) make up...

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Purple with pride

PianoEasy kids played the Freo Dockers song today in support of our city’s team winning the prelim finals… GO DOCKERS

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The Empty Road Project

The PianoEasy “Empty Road” project is an initiative to help people with mental health difficulties find joy making music.


This song “Empty Road” was written by WAM nominee and PianoEasy student Lily Kate. It says “Life does not have to be an empty road. Sometimes it’s best to know that you have a song. Follow me and you can sing my song. It won’t go on for long. Life is a song”. Please contact Anneka if you would like to benefit from or...

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