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Tempo at the Very Beginning  
I never played piano before and purchased a level 1 book recently from amazon to start learning. Is it right to assume I am doing the right thing by making …

Flats and Sharps in Greensleeves 
Hello, I have a quick question regarding flats and sharps. Due to the coronavirus, I am stuck at home and re-learning the piano :) Yesterday I …

Flats that doesn't fill any function  
As I have understood it the flats have been placed on the f notes. Whenever I play an f I have to apply the sharp. But there are no f tones played in this …

How do I avoid getting stuck after learning one part? 
I have included a picture because that would really help me explain. I have been practicing and struggled with this part for a few days. I have asked …

Right Hand Cross Over and One-Note Extension in Little Spring Song 
In John Thompson’s First Grade book in the piece titled "Little Spring Song" (p. 34-35) I don’t understand the RH over toward the end. I also don’t understand …

Fingering help needed! 
I have a section of a riff that repeats 3 times in a row at a fairly quick tempo (band hasn't settled on a tempo, but somewhere around 120) and I need …

Inability to Really Progress 
Hello! I am a 65 year old woman who have been taking piano lessons for the past 6 and a half years, but I am just now completing book 3A in Faber's …

Playing lead-sheets vs three staff music sheets 
I’m a retired 70 year old who recently took up the piano three years ago. Initial instructor three years ago got me into playing lead-sheets —- chords …

What Piano Should I Buy? 
l play piano for 10 years and now l want to change my piano. l want to choose a piano between GB1k and U1, could you please help me? Maria's Answer: …

How to play this measure? 
Hello, I am a beginner pianist and I have a question about how to play this measure. This piece is 4/4 in F minor. Since the note values add up to 5 beats …

Thank you for your dedication 
Having reviewed your web pages on major scale fingering and other related subjects, I just wish to thank you for your dedication to helping those who wish …

Not Looking at the Keys When Jumping 2 or 3 Octaves 
I need to know the proper way to not look at the keys. My teacher always let me look and I think it was a mistake. When jumping 2 or 3 octaves she said …

Moving from One Chord to Another 
My teacher has given me these three right hand chords to play with a blues walking bass line that goes from C-F-C-G-F-C. He has written the chords …

Bassline and Melody in Piano Pieces 
I have just read an interesting article about the Piano Practice Chart for Adults. My question is about Polishing the Parts. I didn't understand this step. …

Help with Sheet Music 
I am relatively new to piano and am trying to learn a song. I have posted a pdf of the sheet music below. In bar 36, there is a section that has too …

Electronic Piano Keyboard Lessons 
I am interested in lessons, etc, for an electronic keyboard (Casio LK230). I am a true beginner---74-years-old and NO experience whatsoever. But always …

Czerny op 599 
Dear Maria, Hi, thanks for this useful website. I have been taking piano lessons for nearly 2 years. I have finished Beyer and now I am practicing …

What Piano Method Should I Choose? 
I play guitar, bass, drums, and have a small recording studio, for working on original compositions. I am currently self-studying Harmony & Theory by …

Delayed Learning 
Hello, my name is Stu. I've been practicing for up to two hours a day for a little over six years and I still can't play a complete song. My wife …

Starting Piano Lessons? 
Hello, I'm seriously considering starting piano lessons. I'm 63 years old and pretty much sold, so far, on the Kawai CE 220. I'll be primarily …

Playing Consecutive Sets of 2 Piano Keys 
Hi. I'm learning a song that requires me to play 3 sets of 2 keys for the melody. Would it be better for me to play these with just 2 fingers and jump …

How to Find the Scale of Any Melody 
I have hard time to find the scale; I know how to find a melody but can not find the scale. Do you have any easy way, or any tips? I am a beginner piano …

Piano Scales 
Hi dear, I would like to know how to find out the scale of a melody, and how to match chords with any melody. Thank you. I am a beginner piano player. …

How To Know The Piano Keyboard Without Looking 
Success with the new changes!! What are the best exercises for knowing the piano keyboard without looking? Can you suggest drills that will help me memorize …

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How to overcome one's weakness 
Hello. I am Suzanne. As stated above ... I have gone thru a lot. Most recent is having bad asthma attacks. But I am OK ... I am now on meds and hope …

Lesson Structure 
I would appreciate knowing what the most effective way to structure a piano lesson and the practice is. Is it better to introduce many pieces every …

Sing along w/ playing 
Hi, I have a little unusual problem I'd say...or at least seems that way to me...I taught myself to play the piano and I can play some songs fairly …

Whether Chords Could be Played with Single or Two Fingers? 
I am learning the keyboard now. However, I remember my teacher saying that it is a good practice to play chords with all 3 fingers, even though the left/ACMP …

Chords and Scales 
Does the root note of the first chord you play determine the scale of the piece? Maria's answer: No. A piece can start with any chord. But a tonal …

Progressing from one chord to another 
Moving from chord to chord, what is the method, or rule of thumb for different chords? Ray Maria's Answer: The simple rule of thumb (!) when moving …

Technical Exercises 
Hi, I am currently learning the piano, I don't have a problem with the rhythms, dynamics or playing the pieces musically as this is my second instrument. …

Is It Necessary to Learn Piano Chords? 
I only now discovered your website. I am 59 and like to improve my piano playing skills. Want to know - is it really necessary to learn chords? Thanks. …

Piano Major Scales 
Hi, I was recently working on some major scales on the piano. Does every key on the piano have it's own major scale? Ex, C, C#, Cb, D#, Db, E, E#, Eb...etc …

What to include in a structured piano lesson as well as practice sessions? 
As a beginning piano student many years ago, I did not have much structure in my piano lessons. Now I feel as though I have loopholes in my learning which …

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