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Welcome to the central directory for all the articles (over 200) on the site that discuss specific tips for music (especially piano). This can get way overwhelming but don’t stress or despair; my advice is to go make yourself a cup of coffee, relax, and take your time.

The advantage of these free lessons is that they are free. There is an enormous amount of information here. The disadvantage of a repository of articles like this is that the information is not really organized in a very structured way. If you read for a while and start longing for a step-by-step approach to learning these things, I recommend my courses.

Categories

Videos

Song demonstrations
Mini-lessons

Arranging/Writing

Shape/Form
Texture
Hooks
Philosophical
Melody

Church Music

Congregational accompaniment
Accompaniment
Other church utility skills
Philosophy

Harmony

Video demos
Functional harmony
Chord substitutions
Complex chords

Theory

Secondary dominants
Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

Play by ear
Sight reading
Voicing
Modulations
Improvisation

More free stuff

Free 75-minute course on mood music
Free arrangements / lead sheets

My top 10

Here are some of my favorite lessons from the past few years to get you started.

The turnaround
Analyzing “Hiding in Thee” Part 1Analyzing “Hiding in Thee” Part 2
What makes a melody good or bad 
Reharmonization of “Silent Night”
Year-long project: Circle of fifths
The ii/IV – V/IV – IV progression
Transitioning between songs
A simple tip for congregational accompaniment
A new way of looking at scales
Sight-reading: How to read ahead

What is the methodology of these lessons and who are they for?
The main focus of these lessons is on teaching musicians to be creators and improvisors. Rather than only being able to replicate music that is in front of you, I want you to develop very important and critical skills that are extremely valuable in professional music, church music and essentially every other kind of music that exists (other than the classical concert hall).

While you will find some philosophical and abstract stuff here, most of these lessons are strongly rooted in 20th Century theory. The development of modern theory as is widely used today came mostly from modern classical composers and jazz musicians. That being said, while I use that foundation, I am not teaching either classical music or jazz here. While most of the music referenced in the lessons is church music, the concepts apply to basically any kind of music you want to play.

I aim these lessons at musicians who play at least at an intermediate level and have at least a rudimentary knowledge of theory. If you find yourself over your head in a lesson, just take it very slow or move on to something else for a while. If you need to know the basics of playing the piano, check out these two classes that you can take online.

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