Posts Tagged ‘chords’

Free Piano Lessons

April 28th, 2018

 

It’s Saturday, April 28, 2018, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Zebra Keys

(www.zebrakeys.com/)

Age Range: 13-18 (Grades 8-12, with parental supervision)

 

Learn the basics of playing the piano with the over 50 free lessons at this website.

After reading the home page overview information, select the “Start Lessons Now” button to begin with lesson 1. Please note that you will need to have Flash installed to view the animated lessons and be sure to have your volume on. Lessons include instructional text and animations as well as videos and other online tools. Practice what you are learning on the Zebra Keys Virtual keyboard using either your mouse or computer keyboard then test your knowledge on an interactive keyboard trainer. 

Lessons are broken into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels and each are divided into five mini sections: 

  • Learn Songs
  • Chords
  • Music Theory
  • Improvisation
  • Technique

It is suggested that if the student is new to the world of playing the piano that they should start with the “Preparation” section to learn basic playing concepts.

Browse the left-hand side bar menu to find: 

  • Sheet Music – downloadable PDFs of piano music as well as links to specific song lessons
  • Articles – general information from tips on buying a piano or keyboard to how to learn to read piano music and more
  • Links – links to outside resources to anything piano related
  • Reviews – opinions on piano related DVDs, books, keyboards and accessories
  • Reference – Read the FAQs, search the glossary, use the music notation chart, or access the virtual piano chord chart to locate chords on a keyboard.
  • Music Tools – Here you will find links to the Virtual Keyboard, Keyboard Trainer, Note Trainer, Interval Ear Trainer, Scale Ear Trainer, and Chord Ear Trainer tools used throughout the lessons.

This is a wonderful site for anyone wishing to learn the piano or improve on their playing skills.

YouTube Guitar Lessons

October 21st, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, October 21, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

YouTube Guitar Lessons

(youtubeguitarlessons.net/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

At this website you will find free beginning to intermediate guitar lessons provided through videos with musician Brian Roughton, who happens to be a homeschool dad.

We learned about this site from Brian who wrote…

“I am a homeschooling parent who has taught guitar for the past 14 years. Recently I created a website to serve as a free teaching resource for homeschooled students who are interested in learning to play guitar. It is intended to guide a student from the earliest stages to an intermediate level without the need for outside assistance. I will be adding more lessons over time in order to cater to students who are more advanced.”

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction.  Use the horizontal menu above it to access the lessons that include: 

  • Basic Chords – Enjoy guitar video lessons that teach you how to play basic chords.
  • Strumming – Learn the best techniques for strumming the guitar.
  • Bar Chords – Take video lessons to learn how to play bar chords.
  • Intermediate lessons – lessons that are aimed at improving left hand technique
  • Learning songs by ear – a few written lessons on playing by ear
  • Music Theory for guitarists – textural lessons on theory as applied to guitar playing
  • And more.

You’ll also find tips for practicing guitar and you can watch videos of Brian’s students playing guitar. Read the “About Me” section, located under the Brian Roughton link to review Brian’s impressive qualifications to teach guitar.

The information and lessons are presented in a very user-friendly format. The material is well-organized and easy to understand. This is a terrific resource for those who want to learn to play guitar.

Beginner Guitar Lessons for Kids

September 30th, 2017

 

It’s Saturday, September 30, 2017, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Kids Guitar Zone

(www.kidsguitarzone.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Kids can learn the basics of playing a guitar with these free lessons from Andrew Keppie. Lessons are presented through short video presentations that focus on one concept at a time.

Lessons start with the basics and single string songs and progress through more complex chords. Lessons include: 

  • Lesson 1 – the parts of a guitar, how to hold a guitar, tuning a guitar and reading a tablature
  • Lesson 2 – Learn to play some songs on one string including “Smoke on the Water”, “The Peter Gunn Theme”, “Summer Lovin'”, “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, and “Seven Nation Army.”
  • Lesson 3 – Play two string songs such as “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star”, “Blister in the Sun”, and “Jingle Bells” chorus.
  • Lesson 4 – Three string songs include “Happy Birthday”, “Beat It”, “If You’re Happy and You Know It”, “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”, “The Wheels on the Bus”, “The Skye Boat Song”, “1 2 3 4 5 Once I Caught A Fish Alive”, “Baa Baa Black Sheep”, “The James Bond Theme”, and “Jingle Bells” the verse.
  • Lesson 5 – Songs on 4 strings are “La Bamba”, “Jack and Jill”, “Yankee Doodle”, “The Farmer in the Dell”, and “The Pink Panther Theme.”
  • Lesson 6 – how to play chords and read chord windows
  • Lesson 7 – Play “Wild Thing” with three chords.
  • Lesson 8 – Using three chords, learn to play “Yellow Submarine” and “Shake It Off.”
  • Lesson 9 – Learn to use power chords to play “Beat It.”
  • Lesson 10 – Learn to play a simple version of “Gangnam Style.”

Most lessons include multiple videos and accompanying downloadable PDFs. Select the “Kids Guitars” link in the menu for some information on selecting a guitar for your student.

If you have a child interested in playing the guitar, this website will provide a good starting point.

Music Theory Lessons, Games, Quizzes, and More

August 20th, 2016

It’s Saturday, August 20, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Music Tech Teacher

(www.musictechteacher.com/index.htm)

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 5-12, with parental supervision)

 

This website provides over 100 free interactive music games and quizzes that teach music theory (including the names of musical notes and rhythms) and the names of musicians and composers.

When you get to the site, navigate through the upper menu to locate:

  • Music Information: Theory – Learn the names and sounds of instruments, musicians, composers, music terms, scales, treble and bass clef note reading, rhythms and rests, and more.
  • Flash Piano Practice – Use your keyboard to practice playing “Chopsticks, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Ode to Joy and more.
  • Quizzes – Select the right notes on the keyboard to help Mighty Music Man move a piano, play instrument scramble, do a music word search or hangman puzzle, or test your knowledge of instrument “families.” Discover what you know about music terminology, tempos, and technology. Match composers with compositions, learn some jazz music trivia, play a game of musical “Jeopardy,” and fill in the missing notes on popular musical pieces. Test your sense of rhythm and your knowledge of music intervals, scales, and chords. You won’t believe the selection!
  • Music Mazes and Puzzles to Print – Enjoy a selection of printable music-themed mazes to print out and do offline, along with all kinds of free music theory worksheets.

This is an amazing resource for music students and teachers alike.

Piano Lessons with the Piano Nanny

June 18th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, June 18, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Piano Nanny

(www.pianonanny.com/)

Age Range: 8-18 (Grades 3-12, with parental supervision)

 

Learn piano and music theory with the help of this website.

PianoNanny.com acquired the award-winning “Piano on the Net” online course which provides over 30 lessons at three different levels: 

  • Starter – Learn the basics of piano such as music notation, notes, and terms, fingering the keys, and more.
  • Intermediate – Build upon the starter lessons and expand knowledge base in musical studies with chords and more.
  • Advanced – Learn about the different genres of music and a more in depth understanding of music.

Lessons can include images, text, and sometimes audios. The student is encouraged to have a small keyboard in front of them as they go through the lessons so that they can learn the material.

Whether your student is a beginner or more advanced student, there is a lot to be learned with these free online piano lessons.

Free Beginner Piano Lessons

May 7th, 2016

 

It’s Saturday, May 7, 2016, and time for Music at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Hoffman Academy Piano Lessons

(www.hoffmanacademy.com/)

Age Range: All (All grades; children with parental supervision)

 

Formerly FreePianoLessons4Kids.com, Hoffman Academy offers hundreds of free video lessons for the beginner pianist that teach ear training, sight reading, theory, technique, and much more. Created by Joseph Hoffman as a way to make piano lessons available to all, students work through the lessons at their own pace and are able to review any or all lessons as needed to master the material. And an extra bonus is that lessons can be done on your schedule with no need to leave your home. The fun, easy-going, and often entertaining nature of Mr. Hoffman as he presents the material will keep your student engaged and looking forward to the next lesson.

When arriving at the website, visitors may wish to watch the introduction video that helps explain the program. Then select the “Start Learning” button in the middle of the top image. From the very first lesson, your student will play a basic song, “Hot Cross Buns”, all the while building music and piano playing skills. There are currently seven units with 20 plus lessons in each. Students will learn: 

  • Reading music
  • Notes
  • Rhythm
  • Scales
  • Chords
  • Piano Posture
  • Fingering of the keys
  • And so much more

There are also bonus lessons for popular tunes such as: 

  • “Let it Go” from Frozen
  • “Star Wars Theme” and “The Imperial March” from Star Wars
  • “In the Hall of the Mountain King” from the 1876 play Peer Gynt
  • “S’vivon” a traditional Hanukkah song
  • “Jingle Bells”

Be sure to visit the support page as well for helpful information about Getting Started, Practice Helps, and Other Topics.

This well-organized website is a wonderful place to start your student on the road to learning piano. You will want to bookmark this site as new lessons/units are being created regularly.

Please note that while the video lessons are always free, supplemental materials are available for purchase.

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