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This section has longer articles on various aspects of the piano and synth, including playing technique, improvisation, composition, theory, practice, and preparing for performances.


Feeling patriotic? Have an event where it would be good to play the United States’ National Anthem music? Here are some simple free piano/keyboard arrangements for The Star-Spangled Banner. Introduction The Star-Spangled Banner is written here in B-flat major. This is the key I’ve most often heard it played in. […]

How To Play The USA’s National Anthem (The Star-Spangled Banner) ...


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Circuit bending. It sounds really cool and just a tiny bit dangerous. It will certainly void your warranty, but that’s OK because it’s often done on old electronics equipment that would otherwise probably end up on the scrap heap. That’s what I assumed about circuit bending. I realised that I […]

Circuit Bending: A Basic Guide and Resource List




You’ve just bought the perfect keyboard. Now it’s time to accessorise! Forget the bling factor that normally goes with fashion accessorising. These accessories are all practical additions to your stash of equipment, helping you to play better, sound better and protect your prized instrument. Read on to see why you […]

Essential Accessories for Keyboard Players



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Have you bought a keyboard or digital piano second hand, or otherwise mislaid the original manual? Fear not, because with just a little searching online, you can most likely find it. Manufacturers are generally fairly happy to allow manuals to be downloaded — after all, they’re pretty useless without the […]

Where can I download a manual for my music keyboard ...



Our guide on how to label and write notes on the piano keyboard is great for older children and adults who don’t yet wish to learn traditional musical notation, but it may still be too complicated for much younger children. Introduction If you are keen to teach your toddler or […]

How to teach young children to play music keyboard using ...


Would you like to be able to play some of the most famous and popular traditional children’s songs, or even teach your child to play them? If so, take a look at our guide to playing a number of traditional nursery rhymes that have proved popular over the years. We […]

How to Play Popular Traditional Children’s Songs on Piano and ...




Christmas Carols & Songs Sheet Music Free Downloads Check out our complete series on mastering Christmas Carols on Piano and Keyboard. Click on any of the music scores to view/print higher resolution versions View a range of Christmas Carols Music Books at Amazon. As part of our mastering Christmas carols […]

The Holly and the Ivy: Mastering Christmas Carols on the ...


Christmas Carols & Songs Sheet Music Free Downloads Christmas Carols & Songs Sheet Music Free Downloads Check out our complete series on mastering Christmas songs on Piano and Keyboard. Click on any of the music scores to view/print higher resolution versions Strictly speaking, as far as I can tell, “All […]

All Through the Night: Mastering Songs on the Piano and ...




Updated February 2019 Yamaha has marked the Tyros 5 as discontinued, meaning it will no longer be manufacturing this model. It now effectively considers the Tyros line of arranger workstations to be at an end, with the likes of the Genos and higher-end PSR-S models stepping in to take their […]

Yamaha Tyros/Genos comparison: Genos v Tyros5 v Tyros4 v Tyros3 ...



Christmas Carols & Songs Sheet Music Free Downloads Check out our complete series on mastering Christmas Carols on Piano and Keyboard. Click on any of the music scores to view/print higher resolution versions View a range of Christmas Carols Music Books at Amazon. How to play Away in a Manger […]

Away in a Manger: Mastering Christmas Carols on the Piano ...




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Standard musical notation might at first look confusing, but really it’s very logical. This guide will hep you to read, interpret and play all but the most complicated printed music. How to label and write notes on the piano keyboard: a basic guide Staves and Clefs The foundation of music […]

How to read printed music: a basic primer for pianists ...


How to play Amazing Grace on the piano keyboard - mastering songs
Following our popular Christmas carol piano tutorials we’re now taking a look at some other classic pieces of music that will sound great on the piano or keyboard, regardless of your skill level. So, dive in and learn how to play Amazing Grace. Amazing Grace: Introduction Amazing Grace is an […]

How to play Amazing Grace on the piano keyboard







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Christmas Carols & Songs Sheet Music Free Downloads Check out our complete series on mastering Christmas Carols on Piano and Keyboard. Click on any of the music scores to view/print higher resolution versions View a range of Christmas Carols Music Books at Amazon. We Wish You A Merry Christmas: Introduction […]

We Wish You A Merry Christmas: Mastering Christmas Carols on ...





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If you want the lowdown on Yamaha’s new portable digital piano, the P155, then look no further. Here are complete specifications, pictures, and comparison with Yamaha’s earlier P series instruments. Overview The Yamaha P155 features samples taken directly from the CFIIIS 9-foot grand piano Uses Yamaha’s Pure CF sampling technology […]

Yamaha P155 digital piano: Complete specifications and gallery


So, you’ve been asked to accompany the carol singing at your local school, church, social club, in the community, or even on the streets? Here are ten tips to ensure you’re prepared and confident for the big day. 1. Be prepared Most people like to know well in advance exactly […]

Christmas carol concert: ten tips for preparing pianists




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April 2017: Massive Update in this brand new article: Choosing Your Child’s (First) Keyboard Instrument. Check it out! Updated 10th August 2013 The keyboard buyers’ guide I wrote a couple of years ago stands as a good introduction to buying a keyboard instrument for adults. In this feature I will […]

My First Keyboard: Buying a child’s first electronic keyboard instrument


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Christmas Carols & Songs Sheet Music Free Downloads Check out our complete series on mastering Christmas Carols on Piano and Keyboard. Click on any of the music scores to view/print higher resolution versions View a range of Christmas Carols Music Books at Amazon. Silent Night: An Introduction Silent Night is […]

Silent Night (C Major): Mastering Christmas Carols on the Piano ...


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Christmas Carols & Songs Sheet Music Free Downloads Check out our complete series on mastering Christmas Carols on Piano and Keyboard. Click on any of the music scores to view/print higher resolution versions View a range of Christmas Carols Music Books at Amazon. The second carol I’ll look at in […]

O Come All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fidelis): Mastering Christmas Carols ...



Christmas Carols & Songs Sheet Music Free Downloads Check out our complete series on mastering Christmas Carols on Piano and Keyboard. Click on any of the music scores to view/print higher resolution versions View a range of Christmas Carols Music Books at Amazon. This article has now been updated with […]

O Little Town of Bethlehem (Attempt 2): Mastering Christmas Carols ...


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Christmas Carols & Songs Sheet Music Free Downloads Check out our complete series on mastering Christmas Carols on Piano and Keyboard. Click on any of the music scores to view/print higher resolution versions View a range of Christmas Carols Music Books at Amazon. Update: Please forgive me! In my haste […]

O Little Town of Bethlehem: Mastering Christmas Carols on the ...