I recommend that all of my students learn how to play “Believer” by Imagine Dragons on piano. Why? Easy. This tune is awesome! It’s dark and has a big energy. Mostly everything Imagine Dragons puts out is a hit, and for good reason. When Believer came out, I knew I had to teach it for […]
It’s an unwritten law that all Katy Perry fans should learn how to play “Firework” by Katy Perry on piano. This tune is a classic pop song with an awesome dynamic build. It has great energy and tempo, and the melody has a slow build ascension that will leave you feeling uplifted! And not just
Today I’m going to talk about why I think you should learn how to play “Treat You Better” by Shawn Mendes on piano. “Treat You Better” is a modern pop song in its purest form. The progression and the melody are straightforward and accessible. That is a formula for a winning lesson for beginners! So
Arguably one of the best Disney soundtracks of all time! I’m very pleased to have been able to arrange and produce a video lesson on this one. Here are a few reasons why, musically, I love it so much as a learning tool: 1. Beautiful harmonic progression! The chord progression in this is great, and it
There is no denying how ridiculously fun it is to play “Jump” by Van Halen on piano. I think we can all agree that “Jump” (especially the main synth riff) has made its way into the hall of fame of “best parts to play on the piano or keyboard.” The great news is that in
It might be impossible to watch Jurassic Park and not have the “Jurassic Park Main Theme” by John Williams stuck in your head. I grew up with the original Jurassic Park movie and I would whistle this theme all the time. I have such powerful feelings of nostalgia surrounding the song and movie in general.
Who doesn’t want to learn how to play “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey on piano?! Yes, I know that it might be considered “overplayed.” But does that mean it’s any less fun to play on piano? Definitely not! Here are a few musical reasons I chose to bring this song arrangement to the masses: 1.
Why should you learn to play “Clocks” by Coldplay on the piano? Well, because it’s a great song – duh! “Clocks” is the perfect rock piano song and Coldplay is one of the best rock piano bands out there, so I absolutely love teaching students how to play their music. Why? 1. The piano really
I love when hip hop music is melodic and musical. Often, even if the song is great on its own, a rap song will not have many chords or interesting melodies, so it can be difficult to play a good arrangement on the piano. But this Kanye song, “Love Lockdown” is almost more of an
Miley’s got a new one, and it sounds much different than her last few! If you ask me that’s a good thing, because this song is fun and melodic. Perfect for an accessible intermediate level arrangement. But it’s not all easy.. The chorus picks things up quite a bit, and that’s why I chose to teach