Charmaine Li  /  Articles
8 Piano Practice Tips for a Cozy & Productive Practice Space
Piano practice tips to make your practice space cozy, welcoming, and conducive to practice. How to personalize your space and more.

Charmaine Li  /  Profiles
How to Get Gigs and Do What You Love (with Erskine Hawkins)
Erskine Hawkins has worked with Zendaya, Chrisette Michele, Eminem, and more. He sits down with Lisa at Pianote to share how he did it.

Charmaine Li  /  Profiles
Kevin Castro: From DIY Pianist to Professional Artist
Kevin Castro is a pianist, arranger and performer who went from YouTube tutorials to earning a degree and performing with top artists.

Charmaine Li  /  Articles
How Music Education Impacts Young People
Music education can improve self-esteem, boost achievement, and even improve kids' grades. Learn how you can support music education for kids.

Charmaine Li  /  Articles
Piano Songs from Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time
Here are songs from Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time that feature the piano. Learn how to play them!

Charmaine Li  /  Articles
7 Epic Piano Facts (National Piano Month)
The first synthesizer was invented in the 1800s, you can trill faster on a grand piano, and other epic piano facts for National Piano Month.

Charmaine Li  /  Profiles
Summer Swee-Singh’s Piano Antidote for Social Anxiety (Pianote Podcast)
Summer Swee-Singh originally began piano lessons to treat social anxiety. Today, she's an accomplished pianist, arranger, and composer.

Lisa Witt  /  Articles
Major Songs in Minor Keys! (Minor Key Concepts)
What do major songs sound like in minor keys? Take a listen and learn all about the theory behind transposing songs to minor keys.

Charmaine Li  /  Articles
National Piano Month: 10 Ways to Celebrate
September is National Piano Month! Here are 10 ways to get the most out of a month celebrating a beloved, versatile instrument.

Charmaine Li  /  Profiles
Pianist Profiles: Freddie Mercury & the Piano, Born to Perform
If you've heard the opening of "Bohemian Rhapsody" on the piano, you know Freddie Mercury is a legend. This is the songwriter's story.

Charmaine Li  /  Profiles
Pianist Profiles: Oscar Peterson’s Jazz Legacy
Oscar Peterson is one of the most respected pianists of all time. Learn about the jazz legend's life, work, and enduring legacy.

Charmaine Li  /  Profiles
Pianist Profiles: Nannerl Mozart, the “Other” Mozart
Nannerl Mozart was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's elder sister. She was a talented pianist and may have been a skilled composer.

Lisa Witt  /  Guides
Piano Chord Inversions, Explained
How piano chord inversions work, free diagrams and charts, how to practice chord inversions, and why they're important.

Charmaine Li  /  Articles
7 Reasons to Become a Multi-Instrumentalist
Become a multi-instrumentalist! Play with a band, gain a deeper appreciation for a wider variety of music, play like your heroes, and more.

Lisa Witt  /  Guides
Diatonic Chords, Explained
Diatonic chords are chords built on top of each degree of the scale. Understanding diatonic chords will help you improvise and play.

Charmaine Li  /  Guides
How to Buy Your First Piano – The Ultimate Guide
Everything you need to buy your first piano and start playing: acoustic vs. digital pianos, budget, brands, and more!

Charmaine Li  /  Profiles
Piano, Guitar, and Healing with Yvette Young (Pianote Podcast)
Yvette Young talks to Lisa about how her piano roots inform her songwriting, playing guitar for math rock band Covet, and mental health.

Charmaine Li  /  Profiles
Pianist Profiles: Chick Corea and the Art of Having Fun
Chick Corea (1941-2021) was an innovative jazz artist and pianist whose prolific career spanned more than five decades.

Charmaine Li  /  Guides
How to Play Piano – The Ultimate Guide
Learn how to play the piano - from buying your first instrument and choosing a teaching method to mastering the fundamentals.

Charmaine Li  /  Profiles
Pianist Profiles: What Makes Billy Joel THE Piano Man
Billy Joel is best known for his smash hit "Piano Man" about a nostalgic man at a piano bar. Learn what makes Billy one of The Greats.

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