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15 Christmas Carols for the Piano This Holiday Season

15 Christmas Carols for the Piano This Holiday SeasonChristmastime.

One of the most cheery and beloved holidays for both Christians and non-Christians worldwide.

It’s only September, but as I’m sure we can all agree, it’s never too early to start longing for Christmastime and the holiday seasons.

Whether you are baking cookies, gift shopping, spending time with family or enjoying hot cocoa, these Christmas carols for the piano will add to your festivities any day of the week.

Music is a necessity for any special occasion after all!

 

1. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy – Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

An all time favourite.

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The Magic of Working in the Music Industry

The Magic of Working in the Music Industry

This article is written by Molly Rahal. She has a sweet story about working at a music production company and her writing makes me smile. I hope it makes you smile, too. 

When I was seventeen years old, I started working part time for a music and arts company called Renegade Productions Inc.

Siobhan, a close childhood friend of mine, had been working there for about half of a year.

“You need to work here,” she told me.

Getting paid to work with my best friend alongside good music and famous bands we had listened to on our iPods years before didn’t seem like a bad idea. So I went for the job.

Renegade has both an office location and studio spaces complete with a theatre, a recording studio, and a dance studio; we would start our day at the office catching up on public relations and doing administrative work, and by one o’clock we would be at the studios for our daily appointments or recording.

But it was so much more than that. I didn’t just love it because of the way there was always guitar, bass, or drums echoing in any given section of the building. It wasn’t just the community of local artists and the creativity that dripped from their paintbrushes every day. It was even more than the pattering of choreographed feet, more than the sounds of actors and actresses passionately rehearsing their lines to the pokerfaced red velvet theatre chairs.

No, the best part of it was the way it felt to be surrounded by creative people. Not only were they creative, but they cared about the art that they make.

People who play music, people who draw, people who take photographs, people who write stories; no matter what kind of art it is, no matter what skill level you are, you always gain a deeper understanding for the world when you immerse yourself in the beauty of it.

 

Last year, my boss Jim suggested that our company put on its very first musical.

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What Most Musicians Struggle With

What Most Musicians Struggle With

Five hours into the drive to Oregon and I am cruising without a speed limit and my eyelids are fluttering closed. Okay, there is a speed limit, but I don’t know what it is in kilometres, so I just copy the other cars.

In between losing focus, I think about work. I worked at a big name company over the summer and I finally felt the weight of other people’s actions on my work, and how perhaps some people may not be as interested in seeing you succeed as you might hope. I have never experienced this before.

The only way I can write this is if I tell myself it won’t be published.

I have been hit before by an open palm, and now when someone raises their voice at me in an enclosed space, I feel as if I may be hit. Two angry people have raised their voices at me in an enclosed space at work.

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20 Piano Solos to Get Those Festive Fall Feels

20 Piano Solos to Get Those Festive Fall Feels

This article is written by Molly!

Now that summer is quickly coming to a close, fall is right around the corner.

It’s hard to choose a favourite season, but where I’m from, this means that it’s almost time for big sweaters, crunchy leaves, and the smell of pumpkin spice wafting around every corner. And the best of all is that it’s the season of Halloween!

Here are 20 piano solos to help you get some of those festive fall feelings.

 

1. Monster Mash – Bobby Pickett

It’s a graveyard smash!

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8 Piano Solos to Dance to on a Saturday Night

8 piano solos for Saturday night.

Sometimes, pianists get so caught up in technique that we forget that the music can be fun and light and something to dance to, if your heart so desires.

My friends often send me music, and I’ve just gotten these piano solos from Molly. Most of them are pop piano songs and I’ve just been reminded of how tired I am. (These videos are recordings of other people playing, and sheet music is linked.)

After Tofino and a stressful week, I’m ready for some easy dancing…

 

1. Wake Me Up – Avicii

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Why Pianists Need to Ask for Help (When it Feels Impossible)

Hiking at Elfin Lakes.If you blindfold someone who can see, and give them a cane to walk to a new room, they always overreact when the cane brushes something.

It turns out, giving a sighted person a cane is asking them to use a muscle they haven’t developed yet. It takes practice and patience.

My dad had always given me guidance on how to deal with obstacles. He was a quiet kind of person who made people feel assured when they were next to him. Slow down, he always said. Do what you enjoy. Mind your own business and stop comparing to others.

He would peek his head into my piano practice room every once in a while to ask if the music was coming from me, so I felt like he was always listening to my playing.

In the past while, I’ve had to figure out how to navigate the world without my dad.

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10 Dreamy Piano Melodies to Play Before Bedtime

Dreamy piano melodies

Calm music is a great way to transition from the hustle of the day to bedtime.

I’ve been known to roll around in bed into the depths of the night, so over the years, I’ve experimented with many ways to fall asleep. Playing an instrument is a great one, next to reading. You tend to concentrate just enough to get the notes right and you’re literally playing your troubles away!

To avoid printing 5 papers for something I’m only ever playing once, I’m learning more by ear these days. (Yes I have a tablet, no I don’t like reading music off it.) But my friend Molly and I put together some great dreamy piano melodies to play before bedtime, with sheet music!

 

Love Me – Yiruma

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When I first started playing Yiruma’s music, it would take a few hours to decipher one of his pieces. Now, I play his music for a different type of satisfaction.

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