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Personal Piano Professor, Issue#074 -Learn Play "The Christmas Song"
December 06, 2016
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The Christmas Song Piano Tutorial

Hello friends and musicians..

Thanks for visiting piano-lessons-for-life.com. Hope you enjoy this great free lesson!!!

Seasons greetings to all!

"The Christmas Song" which is also known as "Chestnuts roasting on an Open Fire" is one of the seasons best known songs. It was written in 1944 by famous jazz vocalist Mel Torme along with help from Bob Wells.

According to BMI "The Christmas Song" is perhaps the most performed Christmas song of all time.

The most popular recording was by Nat King Cole and his original 1946 version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1974

I know that it is my favorite secular holiday song and I enjoy playing it in season.

I have included the definitive Nat King Cole version along with lyrics, Chord changes in the key of Eb and C major as well as a video breakdown showing some possible ways to harmonize the song in Eb.

For the complete video lesson and chords click the link below..

Please enjoy!!!

Learn The Christmas Song




Amazing Grace

As promised, I have posted a lesson with an 8 minute video on how to play Amazing Grace on the piano.

It is estimated that this well loved American gospel song is performed over 10 million times each year.

After experiencing the grace and love of God, John Newton, a former slave trader was converted to Christianity and in 1772 penned the lyrics to this timeless classic hymn.

He wanted to deliver the message that forgiveness and redemption is possible regardless of the sins people commit and that the soul can be delivered from despair through the mercy of God.

To learn this timeless classic Gospel song click on the link below.

Learn Amazing Grace HERE!



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Amazing Song Tutor software


The major scale: The foundation of Chord Theory.

An understanding of music scales and the major scale in particular is one of the most important single concepts to understand as we continue to study the basic music theory required to get the most out of your experience playing piano or electronic keyboards.

To learn chords by memorizing each note or looking at pictures is like learning speak and foreign language with out understanding the meanings or context of the words.

By learning a few formulas starting with the formula for a Major scale you will not only speak the language of music but truly understand the how and why of chords and chord progressions.


Major Scales: the foundation to chord theory




Piano Improvisation starts here!

Have you ever thought: “How excellent would it be to sit at a piano and play any melody that comes into my mind – without any notes?”

Or: What do I do when my band wants me to take a Piano Solo?

Piano improvisation, is the art of spontaneously playing melodies on the piano at the spur of the moment.

You may think it is domain of few very creative, experienced, and gifted musicians and thus unreachable for hobbist musicians or beginners. However......

I believe if you read on and go through some of the suggestion contained in these lessons that you or anyone can begin to learn this awesome skill.

View the whole video lesson by clicking below.


piano improvisation




Learn the 12 bar blues progression on piano."

Learning the 12 bar blues progression is basic to understanding the roots of American popular music.

When you see a group of musicians getting together to play everyone seems to know what to do almost magically.

This is because at one time or another they learned the 12 bar blues progression.

While there are lots of variations of this timeless progression the most common is a three chord 12 measure version explained in this lesson.

The 12 bar Blues for piano


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I want to remind you that many of the ideas for lessons come from those of you who contact me with questions. I encourage you to let me know what you need.

Also you can find a contact form on the site and suggest a song for a future lesson. Don't be shy. Let me know how i can help!!

I am grateful for all of you, and wish you the best success in your playing!!

Thanks, Greg

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