Playing Piano In Joplin, Missouri

If you’re on my email list, you probably know that I went to Joplin, Missouri to play piano on May 28th, about 1 week after they experienced the deadliest single tornado in recorded history.
I did end up shooting some video on my way to the club where I played, so I wanted to share that with you.

It’s a little choppy, since I was concentrating more on driving than I was on the video, but it still gives you an idea of just how devastating this tornado was.

You may also know that I held a sale on three of my piano courses to help offset some of the expenses for the bar owner and donate the rest to charity.

As it turns out, I was able to cover my gasoline and hotel on that trip (which the bar owner normally pays), and that was a big help to him, since he had about 1/3 of his normal business that night.

I’m going back down to play again this Saturday night, and,thanks to everyone who took advantage of my special sale, I’ll be handing him an additional $422 (or getting it into the hands of people who can put it to good use).

So, thanks to everyone who helped out with this, and I hope this type of natural disaster never visits your part of the world.

Beatles Piano Chords: Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

The Beatles’ “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” is a great little song to learn on the piano, and it’s one I often play for my very first song of the evening at a piano bar.┬áIt gets everyone clapping and singing, and it’s an easy, fun little song.

iTunes & App Store

The piano chords for “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” are very simple, so to celebrate the release of all The Beatles’ music on iTunes this week, I decided to post this little video lesson and show you how to play this classic Beatles song on the piano for yourself.

Yes, this blog post has been a long time coming, since I’ve been busy with my Improvise Piano… FAST! online video course lately (among other things), so I wanted to make it up to you with this free lesson.

Be sure to check out The Beatles on iTunes, if you haven’t already, and enjoy this free video piano lesson on “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”!

Easy Rock And Roll Piano Lesson Video

Well, it took me long enough, but in response to some comments and emails about my last blog post on rock and roll piano, I decided to put together a video showing the basics of good ol’ rock and roll piano.

This lesson covers some simple left-hand bass and right-hand chord patterns that will fit with such classic tunes as “Johnny B. Goode,” “Great Balls of Fire,” and “Old Time Rock and Roll,” to name just a few.

If you like this rock and roll piano lesson, or if you have any questions or other input, please leave your comments below and, if you like it, please use the ReTweet button or the share link to share with your friends.

Without further adieu, let’s rock and roll on the piano…

If you’d like to get this lesson on DVD AND see it applied to 3 GREAT classic rock and roll songs – Johnny B. Goode, Great Balls of Fire, and Old Time Rock and Roll, CLICK HERE TO CHECK IT OUT.

How To Use Patterns To Improve Your Piano Playing FAST!

Patterns are an integral part of the piano – the whole keyboard is built upon a single series of 12 keys, and piano sheet music naturally involves a number of patterns – both melodic (single notes) and harmonic (multiple notes).

In this video lesson, I’ll show you how you can use some very simple patterns to improve your piano playing FAST. They may take just a little practice, but once you learn these and start creating your own, I think you’ll begin to see the power of piano patterns.

If you have any comments, suggestions, or other feedback about this lesson, please leave a comment below!

Thanks.