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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…

Improve Your Singing With the Tone App for iOS Improve Your Singing With the Tone App for iOS

iOS: Some people become karaoke gods the minute they pick up a microphone, leaving us mere mortals to wonder how they managed to summon Freddie Mercury from an astral plane. Others...need a little practice. While there isn’t one app that will make you the next American Idol overnight, Tone (iOS, free) is a great app…

Can a Video Game Teach Your Kid to Play an Instrument?  Can a Video Game Teach Your Kid to Play an Instrument? 

I learned how to play the piano the old-fashioned way—by being dragged by my mother to weekly lessons taught by an elderly woman in the neighborhood, and yawning at the sheet music as my kid-fingers played a clunky rendition of Für Elise. Since then, music instruction has evolved. There has been a crop of video game…

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

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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…

How to Fake Playing Piano: Lesson 1

Imagine someone just starting to learn the piano. What does it sound like? Hot Cross Buns? Mary Had a Little Lamb? I sat down with composer Jason Oberholtzer for a fun piano lesson that concentrates on discovering new sounds and playing by ear, rather than learning specific songs or reading sheet music. It won’t get…

Skoove Teaches You to Play the Piano from the Comfort of Your Computer Skoove Teaches You to Play the Piano from the Comfort of Your Computer

If you have a piano or keyboard already and just need the benefit of a little instruction in the right way to play, the best way to read music, and a little music theory, Skoove can give that to you from the comfort of your browser. It’s free to start, and if you need more instruction, it’s not too expensive.

Pianu Teaches You to Play the Piano, Right In Your Web Browser Pianu Teaches You to Play the Piano, Right In Your Web Browser

If you’ve ever wanted to learn to play the piano, Pianu can help. All you need is a web browser, and an internet connection—whether you’re on a PC using a mouse and keyboard, a tablet or smartphone, or actually have a keyboard to plug into your computer.

Simply Piano Teaches You Piano, Listens and Corrects Your Mistakes Simply Piano Teaches You Piano, Listens and Corrects Your Mistakes

iOS: Learning to play the piano can be difficult, and even moreso if you don’t have someone there to help you fix your errors and learn good tempo. Simply Piano can do both of those things, and all it takes is your iPhone or iPad. Best of all, it’s free.

DIY Clothespin Piano Keyboard Makes Your Piano App Even Better DIY Clothespin Piano Keyboard Makes Your Piano App Even Better

Piano apps are great for learning, but actual keys would make them even better. Electrical Engineer Adam Kumpf made his own tablet-compatible clothespin piano keyboard, and you can too.

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