Liszt, Lyricism, and Love

Franz Liszt is generally acknowledged to be the greatest pianist. Someone who heard him in person said his playing “was all sunshine and dazzling splendour.” As David Andruss explains in this video, Liszt wrote three Liebesträume. They were originally intended as songs, each based on a poem idealizing a type of love. The poem that […]

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Music for a Friend: Sacred and Serene

Sometimes a work that a composer doesn’t regard as especially important becomes a beloved favorite in later centuries. Ave Verum Corpus, written as a favor for a friend, is a good example. The motet (in Mozart’s time typically a polyphonic choral composition on a Latin text) celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi—and why the text […]

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Snowball Scales

Snowball Scales opens the Technique & Artistry 2018 calendar. What do scales and snowballs have in common? Let’s find out! This rolling scale exercise from Level 2B applies the essential Technique Secret #3, Light Thumb. Dr. Faber demonstrates how to align the thumb behind each finger for tension-free preparation. The snowball scale rolls smoothly—no bumps to […]

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A is for Australia

Piano Adventures 2018 Down Under Tour Are you a piano teacher in Australia? Would you like to learn more about Piano Adventures? We invite you to attend one of our Technique and Artistry workshops presented by Hal Leonard Australia and featuring Piano Adventures Ambassador, Carly McDonald. Join Carly in Adelaide, Perth, Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney, Newcastle […]

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Vivaldi’s Winter Delights

It’s a New Year and what better way to begin than to meet new people. Here we introduce our chief editor for the European Editions of Piano Adventures, David Andruss. You’ve likely heard David’s expressive orchestrations on Piano Adventures CDs! Also, meet Vivaldi, the (possible) poet—with new insight into this unconventional “red priest” who helped […]

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Mr. Spindler, Harmonic Blocking, and Musical Minds

At first glance, Spindler’s two Preludes in G present a flurry of eighth notes—first in the treble line, then the bass line. However, if we look through our “theory glasses,” patterns emerge! This video explains how grouping the 8th notes into chords allows us to see the harmonic structure of each phrase. Harmonic blocking is […]

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Adult Piano Adventures® Now in E-Book Format

Now available! The Adult Piano Adventures Book 1 by Nancy and Randall Faber is in a NEW user-friendly e-book on iBooks, Kindle, and Google Play. This adaptation offers a welcome format for teachers and adult students to explore digital learning, or for screen sharing during classroom instruction. Though digital textbooks have evolved, music e-books present unique challenges with […]

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Fun and Familiarity

Are familiar melodies easier to learn? Not necessarily! While familiar melodies are fun for students to play, learning the music may not be as easy as one would presume. Watch as Randall Faber discusses the potential stumbling points for the Primer level student, and presents solutions to create an engaging and successful learning experience. After […]