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Emotional Preparation: What is Smart?

Let’s put a poisonous, human-potential-stifling myth to rest. Contrary to the IQ fundamentalist view… that intelligence is biologically-determined and fixed over time… all reputable research shows that intelligence is adaptable and expandable with the right kind of effort. In other words, if you use your brain the right way and expose your brain to the right

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Important Announcement!

Piano-ology is in the process of a massive upgrade that will incorporate at least six huge improvements over the old Piano-ology site: Easy navigation and searching of website content. Higher quality graphics and audio. Transition from a Wikipedia-like information delivery model to an interactive course of study model. Interactive Quizzes and Study Guides. Resources for Educators. Discussion

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What kind of piano do you recommend buying? I would never recommend a specific make or model of a piano to anyone, but I will tell you what to think about when shopping around.  LEARN MORE… Buying a Piano How long does it take to learn to play the piano? This is a trick question, of course. It takes a

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Transposition

Learning Outcomes Learn how to transpose music, both melodically and harmonically, like a real musician, not like a computer. Frank’s Note to Self: Consider combining these with Scales & Chord Progressions as appropriate. Links to Lessons Why Learn How to Transpose? The UN-Musical Way to Transpose The Musical Way to Transpose a Melody The Musical Way

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How To Play Like an Artist

Learning Goals To play with musical phrasing To learn how to go beyond just playing the correct notes. Links to Lessons The Source (The Concept of Musical Mind) Theory & Practice An Introduction to Phrasing Listening “Inside” a Single Note Chunking & Continuity Articulations: Legato, Staccato, Portato Play Something! Connect With Your Audience Micro-Lessons Stay tuned

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Time & Rhythm

Learning Outcomes Welcome to the grossly under-appreciated subject of musical time and rhythm, which encompasses a wide variety of subjects: pulse, tempo, meter, up-beats, down-beats, back-beats, sub-beats, super-beats, duration, rests, melodic rhythm, melodic contour, dynamics, acceleration and deceleration, cycles, repetitions, anticipation, delay, melodic motives, harmonic rhythm, phrasing, and form. In this section, we will cover just the

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How to Read Music

Learning Goals To go beyond reading music notation to the realm of comprehending music like a musician, not a robot. Why Learn to Read? Playing by Number Music as Language The UN-Musical Way to Read Music  A Better Way to Read Music The Musical Way to Read Music An Example of Expert Music Reading Music Notation The

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