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Learning Complex Pieces Quickly

Question: Hello,

I have to learn Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach’s Fantasia in D minor in one week, so I was wondering if you have any tips on learning a complex piece quickly and how to count...

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Learning and Memorizing Music

Question: Hi Albert,

I’m beginning to work on some quite difficult pieces now, as I’ve finished the 8 grades of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). How should I...

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Insecurity and Mistakes

Question: I just want to say that I love your website. My name is Daniel. I’m Brazilian, 22 years old and I’ve been studying since I was 18, which is little time. I had the luck of...

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How to Organize Practice

Question: Dear Albert,

I usually practise for about 3 hours a day, with the odd day on which I do either 4 or – if I am too busy – 2 and a half hours. With all this practice time,...

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How to Measure Your Progress

Question: Hi Albert,

I always look forward to your weekly lessons!

My question today is, since piano practice is such a lonely (I just mean that you do it alone) activity, even the weekly lessons...

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How to Learn Music

Question: How do you go about learning a new piece from scratch? Do you advise memorizing and analyzing the piece away from the piano before actually playing it?

Could you outline the steps...

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How Slow Is Slow?

Question: Hi Albert,

First of all, thank you so much for putting all this information up online, there’s so much here and it’s very helpful.

In numerous places you stress the...

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How Many Pieces Should I Practice?

Question: Having a full time non-musical job, I can only practice on the piano only as much as I can after work. At this point, as the momentum rises and my practice time has increased, I become...

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How Long Should a Beginner Practice?

Question: I was wondering, how long should a beginner practice?

– Alanna (California, USA)

Albert’s reply: How long to practice piano depends on the student’s age. For very...

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How Long Does it Take to Learn Music?

Question: If a professional musician was given an advanced piece of classical music of say 15 pages, something they had never seen before, how long would it take them to learn such a piece? When I...

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Hands Separate vs. Hands Together

Question: Dear Albert:

I am a beginning piano student and I am curious about something. It is always stressed that one should practice hands separate, then hands together. However, hands separate...

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Emotions in Practice and Performance

Question: Hello Albert. A performer’s emotion(s) play an essential part at every performance. What can you say about managing moods (good or bad) during practice and performance?

– Leo...

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Efficient Piano Practice

10 Expert Tips

Everybody is under intense time pressure these days, and musicians are no exception. In reply to the many requests about efficient piano practice, here are some expert tips that can...

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Effects of Age on Piano Practice

Question: I used to play when I was younger. I am 52 now but still love to play (it’s innate). Unsupportive family members restricted me from practicing as much as I wanted. So I stopped for...

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Different Rhythms in Different Hands

Question: Okay, so I haven’t taken piano lessons for 5 years and I stopped as a beginner so I’m not very good and I don’t know all that much. But for whatever reason I have been...

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Counting Rhythm

Question: Just a quick question re: counting notes… timing. I’m immediately interested in finding help in proper counting of various notes. I struggle with this more than anything....

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A Chord

The A major triad, more commonly called the A major chord or simply the A chord for short, consists of the notes A, C-sharp and E. Here it is on the treble clef staff:

Here is the A major chord on...

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A-flat Chord

The A-flat major triad, more commonly called the A-flat major chord or simply the A-flat chord for short, consists of the notes A-flat, C and E-flat. Here it is on the treble clef staff:

Here is...

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B Chord

The B major triad, more commonly called the B major chord or simply the B chord for short, consists of the notes B, D-sharp and F-sharp. Here it is on the treble clef staff:

… and on the...

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B-flat Chord

The B-flat major triad, more commonly called the B-flat major chord or simply the B-flat chord for short, consists of the notes B-flat, D and F. Here it is on the treble clef staff:

… and...

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C Chord

The C major triad, more commonly called the C major chord or simply the C chord for short, is typically the first chord learned in music theory. Here it is on the treble clef staff:

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C-sharp Chord

The C-sharp major triad, more commonly called the C-sharp major chord or simply the C-sharp chord for short, consists of the notes C-sharp, E-sharp and G-sharp. It is enharmonic with the D-flat...

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D Chord

The D major triad, more commonly called the D major chord or simply the D chord for short, consists of the notes D, F-sharp and A. Here it is on the treble clef staff:

… and on the piano:

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D-flat Chord

The D-flat major triad, more commonly called the D-flat major chord or simply the D-flat chord for short, consists of the notes D-flat, F and A-flat. It is enharmonic with the C-sharp major chord...

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E Chord

The E major triad, more commonly called the E major chord or simply the E chord for short, consists of the notes E, G-sharp and B. Here it is on the treble clef staff:

… and on the piano:

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