Playing one thing and singing another, whether melodically or rhythmically different was such a challenge while I was learning piano! My only approach was to learn the piano piece so well that I didn’t have to spare it a thought, allowing me to focus all my attention on trying to sing properly. But there are other ways to improve at accompanying yourself singing…
Everyone knows they need to practice in order to improve their piano-playing ability, but a vast majority of piano students don’t quite know what to do, for how long they need to do it, and exactly what good it does!
In this post you’ll discover the science behind practice: how our brain responds to ‘quality repetition’ and how you can get the most out of your time.
There is no silver bullet to learning to play piano by ear. There is no quick fix. No magic pill, shortcut or ‘get rich quick’ pyramid scheme for learning to play by ear. It takes time to get good! The problem for most people is in sustaining a level of practise with their ear-training that isn't boring, too time-consuming or ineffective. So here are 3 simple ear-training activities that you can do ‘on-the-go’.
Many people like the idea of learning piano by ear, but don't necessarily know that much about how it works. There's a host of unanswered questions jumbling around your head anytime you start to think about it!
In this post I've answered the most frequently asked questions that I receive as a piano tutor and a top piano writer on Quora. The aim of these answers is to help overcome any of the hesitancies a new piano student may have about learning by ear, so that the piano journey can begin with full confidence!
For as long as there has been the desire to play piano by ear there has also been some reluctance toward it. The truth is that learning by ear is as equally vital a skill as reading sheet music and today both methods of learning are combined to develop the future super-race of well-rounded musicians!
Discover why these piano education experts love learning by ear and steal their favourite ear-strengthening exercises!
Getting an acoustic piano from one place to another is something better left to the professionals. This is why, if you are purchasing a piano from a store or dealer and they offer a delivery option, you should take that option. But for you brave ones determined to DIY, or if you are buying a piano from somewhere other than a piano dealership, this blog will show you what to expect.
The easy decision to make is the one to get yourself a piano. It’s kind of hard to learn without it, right? The difficult decision is which type of piano to get and after that, which brand? Then after that, which model? It can seem like a complicated test you have to pass to enter the piano world, but you need not feel confused any longer. This guide will make it crystal clear.
Learning piano by ear is now recommended by creative piano teachers the world over. It’s been around forever (remember the Suzuki method?), but its recent surge in popularity is due to people simply not having the time, money, or inclination to spend years of private lessons learning to read sheet music.