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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.

10 months ago

Piano Lesson 17: Elder Einstein, Punctual Postie, and Dashing Dora Teach Tempo!

Tempo markings tell us how fast or slow to play a piece. Tempo is another way we add expression to our playing; playing slowly, or at a medium walking tempo, or at a quick, lively speed definitely affects the emotion of the music…

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10 months ago

Piano Lesson 16: Reading and Playing Dotted Notes

I love reading about strategies that explain how we can turn our goals into habits, because I know that once we form a habit we are more likely to stick with it, and I have several activities for which I want to improve my skills…

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11 months ago

Piano Lesson 15: Play and Hydrate!

I had a dear student fall backwards off the bench at our piano lesson, and it was terrifying for both of us. I was afraid that he was having a stroke, but it turned out that he was simply dehydrated. He had to be hospitalized for a couple days until he stabilized…

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11 months ago

Piano Lesson 14: A New Note: Bashful Bluebird B, and a Posture Check

It’s super important to maintain good posture at the piano. Hiking up your shoulders or hunching your back over the keys can cause neck, back and shoulder pain, so you want to keep your shoulders relaxed, your back straight, and your elbows slightly…

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11 months ago

Piano Lesson 13: Random Notes, a Drinking Song, and Piano Puzzling!

It is lucky Lesson 13, and we are going to continue learning the Bass notes C, D, E, F and G this week. Sometimes our ears help us to remember melodies so that we are not practicing our reading skills as much. This week we will be playing random…

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12 months ago

Piano Lesson 12: Dessert D

It is the first day of summer as I am posting this in the USA, woohoo! I hope that you are warm and safe wherever you are, and you are enjoying playing music on your piano or keyboard. I think music makes everything a bit better, don’t you?

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1 year ago

Piano Lesson 11: CHORDS, CHORDS, CHORDS!

Many of you report to me that you are taking your lessons more slowly than I am posting them, and that is great, and completely expected! There is no set timeline for your learning as long as you are able to maintain consistent practice…

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1 year 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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1 year 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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1 year 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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