How To Play the Main Theme to “So What” by Miles Davis: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: “How to play ‘SO WHAT’ by Miles Davis on the piano

I love all styles of music, but jazz has a special place in my heart. In fact my degree was in Jazz Piano Performance, so while I studied all styles, my main focus was on this American art form and all of its intricacies.

We at Playground Sessions also hold jazz dearly because our co-founder and spokesman, Quincy Jones, is a legend in the jazz community for his work over decades…

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How to play the Chorus to “Love Me Like You Do” by Ellie Goulding: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: “How to play ‘LOVE ME LIKE YOU DO’ by Ellie Goulding on the piano

“Love Me Like You Do” (50 Shades soundtrack) is a great pop ballad with a strong beat. There is a lot of repetition but there are subtle differences in phrases to ensure the repeats aren’t just copy/paste identical. The result is we have a great learning tool which is also an in-demand pop song. A perfect combination and a great choice for Playground Sessions. Here…

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How To Play the Chorus to “Shape Of You” by Ed Sheeran: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: “How to play ‘SHAPE OF YOU’ by Ed Sheeran on the piano”

This song is one of my favorites to play in the Playground Sessions library! Something about the groove and the left hand chord shapes.. Ed Sheeran surprised me with this one, since his usual style up to that point was more of an acoustic guitar, singer-songwriter vibe. But ‘Shape of You’ came out of the gate with a specific kind of rhythm usually found in upbeat latin music or, more recently, pop club tracks. Pitbull, Justin Bieber,…

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How To Play the Chorus to “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: “How to play ‘THAT’S WHAT I LIKE’ by Bruno Mars on the piano”

Bruno Mars is back at it again! I always love when he’s got a hit song out, because he’s so popular that everyone wants to learn how to play it, yet unlike some other kinds of pop music, his is usually very musical. So I’m happy to oblige when students ask me to teach them one of his songs.

Today I’m writing about “That’s What I Like” off his newest…

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How To Play the Chorus to ‘Demons’ by Imagine Dragons: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For YouTube Video: “How to play ‘DEMONS’ by Imagine Dragons on the piano.”

Hey Playground students! It’s Phil again, and today I want to write a bit about our lesson on “Demons” by Imagine Dragons.

First off, in general Imagine Dragons’ songs are usually really fun to play because they rock out while remaining very melodic. Not an easy balance to maintain as an artist! And “Demons” stays true! Beyond that, here are a few things that stood out to me about the song, especially the chorus from the…

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How To Play the Pre Chorus & Chorus to “I’ll Show You” by Justin Bieber: YouTube Tutorial

Accompanying Blog Post For Video: How to play “I’ll Show You” by Justin Bieber on the piano

 

 

I haven’t always been a Bieber fan… In fact there was a time not too long ago when his voice annoyed me! But his recent album “Purpose” had some undeniably catchy and fun pop songs. And beats! The production is top notch, thanks to some of his featured friends, DJ Skrillex, Diplo, and Usher just to name a few.

I’d already taught a few sections from a few other songs off…

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MTNA Conference 2017 – Baltimore

Each year, the Music Teacher National Association (MTNA) hosts a national conference to showcase music products to teachers all around the country. This is a great event because it helps us raise awareness of Playground Sessions as a supplemental teaching tool for private piano teachers and piano teachers who teach at schools. This year, our team attended the conference in Baltimore, Maryland, and demonstrated Playground Sessions to those in attendance.

Our exhibitor booth, complete with a Yamaha keyboard and Bose speakers, was the perfect setup for people to get a sense of the power of…

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Playground Sessions 2.5

We are excited to announce the release of Playground Sessions version 2.5! This version includes many improvements and bug fixes.

You can download the new version here:

http://www.playgroundsessions.com/support/downloads


Change Log

Lesson Player

  • Fixed glitch with cancelled practice records
  • Removed tempo slider from toolbar
  • Improved custom tempo prompt to show slow, normal tempos better and allow 200% of normal tempo.
  • Metronome is now defaulted to be on.
  • Videos are now 75% smaller in file size for quicker downloads and smaller hard disk requirements

Application Updates

  • Shows multiple version updates (if user hasn’t updated in a while).
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Playground Sessions for iPad Version 2.0

Hello Everyone!

Today we’re excited to announce a big update to our iPad app: it now supports videos!!

This is a huge step forward in bringing big features and functionality to tablet versions of Playground Sessions.

Along with this, we’ve also added some huge improvements, including the ability to play Playground’s interactive sheet music lessons using the app’s on-screen keyboard instead of a physical keyboard. Our on-screen keyboard now supports multi-touch (you can play and hear more than one note at a time) and can be used in the lesson player for real-time feedback.

We’ve also updated the iPad app…

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