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Getting Started With Lilypond

Published by Ryan Frazier
Lilypond logo

Lilypond is an excellent alternative to music notation software like Sibelius and Finale. This tutorial will give you everything you need to know to get started writing music in Lilypond.

Play (Almost) Anything By Ear On the Piano

Published by Ryan Frazier
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I honestly believe anyone can learn to play by ear. Here are the steps I went through to learn to play by ear. It has worked well for my 6 year old daughter and my 50 year old beginning student.

How To Practice More Effectively

Published by Ryan Frazier
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This is a list of practice ideas to super charge your practice sessions. So often I find myself going to the piano and doing the same things every time. Mix it up for maximum effectiveness.

Guide to Cadence Patterns

Published by Ryan Frazier

A cadence is a series of chords that marks the end of a musical phrase. This guide goes through some common patterns and exercises to practice in all 12 keys.

Guide to the Primary Chord Pattern

Published by Ryan Frazier

Most people already know a primary chord pattern that looks like this:

The primary chords
The primary chords

Usually they only know this pattern at a rote level at best but have no idea how to use it or what it means. So let’s start at the beginning.

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