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Personal Piano Professor, Issue#116 -Have yourself a merry little Christmas
November 14, 2019
Hello Friends!

Play Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

This Christmas classic has some smooth changes and a great melody and holiday message.

It is one of my favorite seasonal songs and I hope this tutorial is helpful.

The heart warming Christmas song Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas was immortalized by Judy Garland when she sang this song to Margaret O'Brien in Meet Me in St Loius and brought tears to the eyes of the audience.

The lyricist for Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas was Ralph Blane and the haunting music was composed by Hugh Martin. The song Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas was first published in 1943.

Click the link below for video tutorial

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Learn chord inversions and how to use them.

Dear Friend,

If you are interested in taking your piano playing to the nextlevel, I think I may have struck the right chord for you. Justlast week, I was contacted by my friends over at HearandPlay.comwho specialize in teaching people how to play piano by ear.

Jermaine Griggs, the President of HearandPlay, just let me knowthat his site had recently been updated with a few new pianoresources...

When I finally checked it out (because I was very busy lastweek), I noticed one particular article that discusses thedifferences between musicians who play piano from sheet musicand others who play by ear --- some of the advantages anddisadvantages of both.

The article focuses more on the advantages of playing by ear--- obviously because that's their specialty. Here are just afew of the many examples of what they said (you'll have to checkout the article for yourself to get the full story):

Advantages of Playing Piano By Ear

1) "Being able to instantly recognize chords that are played insongs even without being at a piano."

*************************How does this help you?*************************

"You are able to learn songs faster and easier because youunderstand why chords are played at certain points in songs."

2) "Not required to memorize chord progressions (pattern ofchords played one after the other) because understanding themwill automatically incline you to know what chord to play next."

*************************How does this help you?*************************

"Allows you to improvise and add your own "flavor" to the song.This is especially advantageous when playing in a church as youcan never predict how long a song will be sung or what key thesinger might resolve to. In a band, this might be helpful if theleader simply instructs everyone to surprisingly repeat a partof the song or change the key in which the song is currentlybeing played in."

3) "Will allow you to use the same methods to play virtually anysong you want (most songs; don't quote me if you're referring toMozart as this might take more practice than most other songs)."

*************************How does this help you?*************************

"Saves you the money and time of having to go out and buy thesheet music to a song that you've already learned how to play byusing the ability of your ear to recognize melodies, chords, andprogressions. However, buying the sheet music isn't a bad ideaif you want to learn specific parts to songs that have highlevels of complexity."

You know... I could really go on and on about this article, but dueto the lack of space, I'm going to have to send you over there soyou can check it out for yourself:

(...and if you're really serious about taking your piano playingto the next level, you might want to consider taking them up ontheir 300-pg course, "The Secrets to Playing Piano by Ear").

Meanwhile, let me know if you have any questions and I'llanswer or pass them to the right folks at

Again, go to:

Hear and play 300pg

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

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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