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How Emanuel Ax Makes Piano Practice Less of a Slog How Emanuel Ax Makes Piano Practice Less of a Slog

Seven-time grammy-winning pianist Emanuel Ax still practices his instrument four hours a day—when you play Carnegie Hall, you don’t just wing it. And sometimes, he admits, “it’s kind of a slog,” especially to practice a new piece: something written specifically for him, or something he’s never heard. “You get the…

How to Fake Playing Piano: Lesson 5

Welcome to the final episode of How to Fake Playing Piano, our video series on learning piano without getting bored. Previously, composer and pianist Jason Oberholtzer taught you about octaves and fifths, notes, chords and keys, and making your own music. Today he’ll show you how to explore almost any kind of music on…

How to Fake Playing Piano: Lesson 4

Previously on How to Fake Playing Piano, composer and musician Jason Oberholtzer taught you all the building blocks: what to do with your left hand, what to do with your right hand, and how chords work. Today he puts it all together. In the video above, Jason shows you how to noodle around on a piano and sound good,…

How to Fake Playing Piano: Lesson 3 How to Fake Playing Piano: Lesson 3

Update 2/2/18: While we fix the embedded video above, watch this video on YouTube.

How to Fake Playing Piano: Lesson 2

Welcome to lesson 2 of How to Fake Playing Piano, a piano-lesson series that skips the “Hot Cross Buns” and teaches you how to bang around on a keyboard as if you know what you’re doing. Yesterday, composer Jason Oberholtzer taught me how to play octaves and fifths with my left hand. Today, he teaches how to play in…

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