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John Mayer – Slow Dancing in a Burning Room

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

This will show you all the parts you’ll need to play the song. But you’ll have to repeat. The outline of the song is as follows:

Verse 1
Verse 2
Guitar solo
Bridge (go cry about it)
Musical interlude (same as Introduction)




Guitar Solo:

Bridge and outro:

Death Cab for Cutie – The Ice Is Getting Thinner tutorial

Friday, April 20th, 2012

Here’s the introduction and verse.

This is the bridge and instrumental solo:

Partial Transcript (to be completed)

Starting with the instrumental part. In the recording that I have, it sounds like they play something more like this: [fifth arpeggios]. And I want to play like [broken chords] because we just played stuff that was at this kind of speed. So I’ll show you both. The first one -if you play it – I’m gonna play pretty basic. So get your left hand into that nice 5 key position, ’cause you’re going to move it like that. And your right hand is gonna be in an octave span. I’m gonna play the middle note with my middle finger. So your left hand is going to be on F and C for the first chord. You’re going to go F And C, and then move down town to C and G, and Then move back up to F and C , and then you can go down or up to A and E, then wherever you were go to D and A, and then up to G and E, down to C and G, and then up or down to F and C, and then up to G and D.

So while your left hand is doing that, your right hand is going to be either up here [below middle C] or up here [above middle C]. Listen to it; decide what you like. I’m probably going to stay right her,e I don’t know, maybe. SO your right hand is going to be playing like the same notes but one further. But we’re playing the extra C. We’re starting on F:
DAD, GDG, CGC, FCF, GDG, G. And that chord holds.

So what I’m going to do, what I like to do, is play a little, just with a little more movement, just because we already had that. And we’re going to slow down in the instrumental section. So the way I do that is I only play one note in my left hand:
F, C, F, two As or one A (you can pick one)
D, G, C, F, G.

And the way that I do the right hand is just those chords basically that are in the key except that we change A to A7. So I play them in specific inversions so that my hand doesn’t have to move as much, and so that is sounds like a much smoother transition. So I’ll show you. THe first one I play is F. F is in second inversion. And I play that with C F A, and I do that three. AFC, AFC, AFC. And then I move these fingers down (3 and 5), and I move them to E and G, and we play a C [chord], and I start on G [note]: GEC, GEC, GEC. Then move those fingers back up, we’re going to play an F chord again: AFC, AFC, AFC. Then we’re going to play an A chord, you can play an A7 chord if you want. A chord [A major] is like this. (Just so you know, you’re on AEC#.) So AEC#, AEC#. AEC#. If you want to play A7, just play a G instead of an A. And then the next chord is D minor: AFD, AFD, AFD. And then a G chord, and I play mine here with GDB: GDB, GDB, GDB. And then back to C: so GEC, GEC, GEC. And then F again, and just for ease of playing, we’ll play it in the same inversion that we did before: AFC, AFC, AFC. And then we’re going to play G again: GDB, GDB, GDB. And I’m just going to hold that. So let’s play that together once, or you can just watch me and see if you can handle it, and then we’ll go into the instrumental part.

[To be continued, as it takes a while to transcribe.]

Mandy Moore – “Only Hope” piano tutorial

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

I recorded and posted a tutorial on “Only Hope” by Mandy Moore. The keys are a little challenging (E major/C# minor followed by C# major/Db major), but most of the song is quite simple to play. Check it out for yourself and give it a shot! This is the intro and verse.

Chorus and interlude.

Bridge & outro:

How It All Fits Together (I perform the whole song)


Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Improvisation can be a fun part of piano lessons, and it should be introduced early to show the student that they don’t always have to reproduce music, but they can create it themselves! My favourite way to do this is with young children and adult beginners is to play a 12 bar blues chord progression in F# major (Gb major) and let them make up whatever they want on any black keys. They can play the same note the whole time, or play 20 notes at a time, and it will all sound good. Try it out below!

If my students get comfortable with the improv in F#, I like them to try improv in C major. It’s a little more complicated because E and B don’t sound good all┬áthe time, so I either accept that, or tell them to play Eb and Bb instead. If I haven’t already introduced some easy licks to incorporate, I do that now. They can mix those in with their own ideas. Here’s the one in C major.

Howie Day – Collide cover

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Alright, so this is probably my last only-cover for a while, because I’ve noticed on my YouTube analytics that people are watching my tutorial more, and the audience retention is significantly higher with the tutorial as well! Well that makes sense. I’m not a trained singer, but I am pretty good at making piano accompaniments. So here’s my last cover. It was part of a Valentine’s Day video I made for my boyfriend.

Colbie Caillat – Realize – learn to play it!

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

I recorded a brief tutorial on how to play “Realize” by Colbie Caillat, shown below. It’s honestly the easiest song you could ever learn to play and sing. The right hand plays the same notes THE ENTIRE SONG (I spice it up a little when I play it, and the left hand has 6 different notes it plays, usually only using 4 in any given pattern.

Then I recorded my hands performing it so you can see exactly what I do with my hands and also hear/see it in action. The only thing I really do that might be considered difficult is that I syncopate my left hand a little bit. It’s totally doable. Give it a try, and tell me how it goes!

John Mayer – Slow Dancing in a Burning Room cover

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

I just uploaded Slow Dancing in a Burning Room by John Mayer. It’s not a great vocal performance, but that’s not what it’s here for. In terms of the piano, it’s a little more complicated, but only in the introduction/interlude and the “guitar” solo. If people are interested, I can film my hands in the future, or I can do a more broken down tutorial.

Katy Perry – ET piano cover

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

I just finished recording this, and I had a heck of a time with it! The camera kept on “automatically stopping”, either due to a slow memory card (it was rated up to class 10, which is apparently the best) or trying to record too high of quality. We ended up changing the frames per second AND the quality, so no more HD!

Anyway, here it is.

I finally made my YouTube Channel!

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

It’s up and running on YouTube! I’m planning on making a new video every week (probably covers and how-tos of covers for a while, and eventually beginner lessons). Check it out, subscribe, and share with your friends!

Here’s one of the first NEW videos I put on it, a cover of Ben Harper’s “Forever”, showing my hands so you can learn it too!