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answers here. We'll even show your name and the city you live
in so you can tell your friends! Just send us your first
name only, age, city, state, and country (if you live outside
the U.S.) and we'll do the rest.
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educational for most kids. We advise all parents to look at
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Tip of the Month - So
easy you can do it with your eyes closed!
How do you memorise a piece of music? A little at
a time. First, divide your piece into it’s form. Example, if it’s in
binary, you'll have theme A and theme B. If it’s ternary, ABA, Rondo form
AbAcA. Ask your teacher for help if you need to. Pretend that each theme is
a piece all in itself. First you’re going to learn theme A. Once you have
memorised theme A, work on theme B, and so on.
Do you have theme A there? Great. Divide this theme into sections so that
you concentrate on only two or three bars at a time. Play these bars four
times in a row, singing along with the notes as you do so. The fifth time
you play these notes, close your eyes—but continue to sing! How did you
go? Did you get it right? Great! Close your eyes again, and this time,
play the piece three times in a row. That’s right, with your eyes closed!
Singing. The third time, play without singing.
Now if you had troubles, don’t worry. Go on to the next two or three bars
and give these a go. Play hands separately. Don’t play too fast. Remember
to sing. Remember the pattern:
4 times, eyes open. 5th time, eyes closed. Singing the notes as you play.
THEN 2 more times eyes closed, singing. 3rd time, eyes closed, not singing.
Move on. Even if you made mistakes. Why? Because you’ll be working on
this for at least a whole week. You don’t want to beat yourself up about
getting it wrong. It will only make you anxious next time you try that
part. So stick to the pattern. Two or three bars at a time. And
remembering to sing the notes as you play! Then just like a jig saw puzzle
you can slowly put the pieces together.
are places with neat pictures and sounds or they might be just plain
weird! Check it out!
Got a report to write on the piano? Want to learn a little more about
it? Need to find out who Charles Tomlinson Griffes (or almost any other
composer) was? We have a whole shelf full of free articles that should
Lots of Piano Music and Cool Sounds
Like piano music? Want to hear some? Well,
The Audition Room has hundreds
and hundreds of files of famous (and not so famous) composers' piano
music. Jump over there and take a listen. You'll be glad you did!
Take Your Own Trip with Dr. Who
If you like the sounds of the TARDIS and the Doctor in our
Meet the Composer interviews, you can
download your own sounds for free and play them on your own computer.
These come from the
Doctor Who, and span many of the Doctor's regenerations.
Go get 'em for free!
The Taz Speaks! (Sort of)
the Warner Bros. cartoon series Taz-mania, Taz grunts it like
it is! If your browser doesn't let you play sound directly, you can
get the files by turning on your browser's Load to Disk or Save to Disk
function and then play them offline later in the Windows Media Player
or similar player program. These make fun Windows sounds, too. Just
download 'em, go to your Windows Control Panel, Click Sounds and then
set these to play. They're way cool!
Greetings from Taz (108K WAV)
Taz takes a piano lesson (37 K WAV)
Taz tells you what he thinks about piano lessons (41K
Taz does the classics (65K WAV)
Free collection of over 30 great Taz sounds, including all the ones
above! (993K self-extracting archive)