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Piano Lessons

This is a series of free piano lessons, prepared especially for Sixty and Me readers. If you are just starting out playing the piano, this beginner course is the right tool for you. Join in with our teacher, Gaili Schoen, who offers instruction and video lessons to all who begin this course. You are always welcome to ask questions and share your experience!


If you are just beginning, please find Lesson 1 here.

9 months ago

Piano Lesson 10: WALTZ WEEK!

It’s WALTZ WEEK for our Sixty and Me Piano Lessons! This week we will be playing three Waltzes on p. 39-40 in Upper Hands Piano, BOOK 1. Waltzes are pieces written in a ¾ Time Signature (which means 3 beats per measure) that are played…

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10 months ago

Piano Lesson 9: The Dynamic Duo: P and f

When the piano was invented by Bartolomeo Cristofori in Italy in the early 1700s, it was a revelation! The instrument that preceded it, the harpsichord, was much less expressive. No matter how forcefully one pressed a key, the volume remained the same…

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10 months ago

Piano Lesson 8: A Murder Ballad and Goodnight Ladies!

It’s Lesson 8 and today we’re debuting a new note Bass F in the song Goodnight Ladies. Remember the song Goodnight Ladies from the musical The Music Man? I loved the original film starring Robert Preston, Shirley Jones, Buddy Hackett…

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11 months ago

Piano Lesson 7: Steps, Skips and More Joy

Beethoven advised his students to work hard at learning how to play music, but also to notice the profound beauty of the music, and to connect to it emotionally. He believed that music could elevate humans to the level of gods!

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11 months ago

Piano Lesson 6: What Is a Pickup? (Hint: It’s Not a Truck or a Flirtation)

In music there are stronger beats and weaker beats. In 4/4 time (4 beats per measure), beat 1 is generally the strongest beat and beat 3 is the second strongest. This point is well illustrated in this video. When conductor Gustavo Dudamel turns around…

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12 months ago

Piano Lesson 5: Reading Bass G, New Exercise #2, and a St. Patrick’s Day Bonus

The focus for Lesson 5 is reading Bass G. I showed you how to play Left Hand ‘G’s in Lesson 4 and in today’s lessons you will be reading that G note in the Bass Staff! You will play Bass G in The Irish Washerwoman, a fun and popular traditional Irish jig…

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12 months ago

Piano Lesson 4: Feel the Beat and Get Creative!

I love the idea of learning something then expanding and building upon what we have learned. This lesson we are working on p.20 in Upper Hands Piano, BOOK 1. After learning the song, we’re going to add some elements to make it more fun and creative…

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1 year ago

Piano Lesson 3: 3 Health Issues that Might Affect your Piano Playing

This week I wanted to talk a little about 3 health issues that might be affecting your piano playing: Issues with Vision, Hearing and Arthritis. Watch the video below for a discussion about what to do if you experience impairments or arthritic pain that range…

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1 year ago

Piano Lesson 2: Reading and Playing Our First 5 Notes

Hello Sixty and Me Piano Learners! I hope you are enjoying taking your first musical steps in learning how to play the piano with me. Today I introduce some more basic piano concepts, and we will also learn to read and play your first five notes!

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1 year ago

Piano Lesson 1: Let Our Classes Begin

If you have always wanted to learn how to play the piano, regretted quitting piano lessons, or have heard that playing a musical instrument keeps your brain sharp, today our Free Video Piano Classes are beginning, and I hope you will join the fun!

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