Erskine Hawkins  /  Chording
The Most Musical Way to Practice Chords
If you’ve spent any time on Pianote, you’ll know that we love chords. Chords are the foundation to music, and knowing chords will unlock hundreds of songs. So, it only makes sense to practice chords a lot! But playing chords over and over again, solid and broken, can be boring. Luckily, Erskine Hawkins is here […]

Erskine Hawkins  /  Chording
Gospel 101: Your First Gospel Piano Lesson
Learn how to play the signature gospel piano sound with Erskine Hawkins, pianist for Eminem, Rihanna, Zendaya and more.

Lisa Witt  /  Chording
Beginner Piano: A Piano Player’s Best-Kept Secret
If you know chords, you can play virtually anything on the piano. Learn more about this hidden secret to piano that's perfect for beginners.

Lisa Witt  /  Chording
How to Play ALL Piano Chords (Major, Minor, 7ths)
Learn how to play ALL piano chords with a free, downloadable chord chart PDF with complete chord formulas.

Lisa Witt  /  Improvisation
Sound Amazing on the Piano in 5 Minutes
With the right tools, anyone can sit down on the piano and play something beautiful in 5 minutes or less. We'll show you how!

Lisa Witt  /  Chording
Play Your First Piano Song With Just 4 Chords
You can play your first song on the piano using only four chords! Start playing the songs you love from day 1. Here's how.

Lisa Witt  /  Improvisation
Create Emotion With Only 4 Notes ✨ (Beginner Piano Lesson)
Everyone can play piano! Here's a simple but beautiful exercise that only uses four notes. Make it your own and impress your friends!

Lisa Witt  /  Improvisation
How to Play a Dramatic Melody (Beginner Piano Lesson)
Sometimes you just need an extra touch of drama in your life. Learn how to play a very accessible yet impressive motif on the piano.

Charmaine Li  /  Improvisation
A Classical Pianist Learns to Improvise (Charmaine’s Reflections)
Classical training teaches you to read music like a pro, but few modern classical musicians studied improvisation as part of their education.

Lisa Witt  /  Improvisation
5 Styles of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star
“Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” isn’t just a song for kids. You can actually do A LOT with this basic melody.  In this very special mini lesson, guest artist Kevin Castro will show you “Twinkle Twinkle” in five genres. Trust me—it’ll blow your mind! 🤯 Note: this is a more advanced lesson that requires some previous […]

Lisa Witt  /  Improvisation
“I’m Afraid of Solo-ing!” (Easy Piano Improvisation Exercises)
Soloing can be scary! Here are some easy piano improvisation exercises for beginners to get you started on soloing and jamming.

Lisa Witt  /  Chording
Why We Love Chords! (The Foundations of Music)
Chords aren't just for guitar — in fact, they form the foundations of piano music. Use chords to quickly read music and learn new songs.

Charmaine Li  /  Chording
All About Piano Chord Progressions
Everything you need to know about understanding, making, and playing chord progressions on the piano.

Lisa Witt  /  Improvisation
Little Things That Make a Big Difference In Your Playing
Spice up your chord progressions by adding sus chords, inversions, and slash chords. Here's how to add variety to your music.

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

Brett Ziegler  /  Improvisation
Cocktail Piano 101
An introduction to cocktail piano with some ingredients to get you started: free resources, chords, scales, and more.

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