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Top 5 Tips for

Piano Success
I strongly believe
that anything can be
accomplished with
dedication and practice.
Here are my best tips to
help you make the most of
your piano practice.
Remember, how well you
practice determines how
quickly you can improve!

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Piano Tip #1 Know what to practice
There are millions of songs out there and hundreds
of different styles of music. So where do you begin?
A wise man once said
Nothing great was ever
achieved without enthusiasm. - R. Emerson
Find a song you are
passionate about,
or a performer who
plays piano the way
you want to play and
start there! In my
online lessons, I teach
styles such as Blues,
Boogie, Jazz,
Ragtime, and Pop to
pianists of all levels
intermediate and
The focus is on having fun, and making music
right away! I show you exactly what to practice
in 3 steps: the left hand, the right hand, and hands
1 It is very important to set a small and specific goal for
yourself during your piano practice time.
2 Try to master one thing at a time, even as the goals
change from one practice session to the next.
3 If you cover too much material at a shallow level, you
wont retain it very well.
If you do your part by gradually learning one thing
at a time, you will quickly improve and build

Piano Tip #2 Learn to love repetition
You learn the piano the same way you learned to walk,
talk or ride a bikeby repeating the skill enough times
until it becomes easy!
Researchers use the term muscle memory to describe
how we can perform challenging skills without much
conscious effort.
To be a great musician, you need to love repetition
The best way to learn more efficiently is to repeat each
section of music until you notice that your fingers can
play the notes without you needing to think much
about it.
They say that it takes about 21 days to form a habit. If
you apply that to the piano by repeating each passage
of music 21 times, I guarantee youll see the difference.
Repetition doesnt mean you become a robot! The
secret is to repeat the music mindfully.
Make it interesting and fun by paying attention to
different things while you play.
1 Focus on the patterns of the notes and chords.
2 Listen to the sound of the notes played together.
3 Find the most comfortable finger and hand positions.

In my video lessons, I show all the notes and fingerings,

as well as the best way to practice so that you can learn
any style of music you want to learn.
If you embrace the process of repetition, you wont waste
any of your valuable practice time because you know what
gets results.
Its all about quality over quantity.
You can get more out of 15 minutes of focused practice,
than an hour of unfocused practice.

Piano Tip #3 Get into a positive mindset
How you think while you practice is what I call your
Your thoughts are your greatest hindrance or greatest help!
If you are impatient or afraid to make mistakes, you cant
reach your potential.
To get into a positive mindset, think about these things:
1 Learn to be curious instead of critical. This way you
wont get frustrated. Youll be eager to try again.
2 Realize that you need to make mistakes to learn.
As the painter Bob Ross said, We dont make mistakes,
just happy little accidents.
3 Trust that over time, you will get where you want to be if
you put in the effort.
Small daily
improvements are
the key to staggering
long-term results.
While Thomas
Edison was
working on
inventing the light
bulb, he famously
I havent failed, I just
found 10,000 ways
that wont work.
So keep challenging
yourself to grow.
Practice things you enjoy and balance that with work-
ing on your weak points. Celebrate your successes
along the way, and continue to set new goals to keep
your motivation high.
You can even put an inspirational quote or picture on
your wall as a reminder!

Piano Tip #4 Measure your progress
There is a famous saying that says, what gets measured
gets managed
This applies to as much to music training as it does to
athletic performance, business or budgeting.
and its fun to do!
The idea is that if you keep track of your practice goals in a
journal, you will make better progress and your motivation
will stay high.
Why? Because you
can look back at your
goals and insights to
notice your
over time.
The act of writing
down your goals and
breaking it into small
pieces with a
practice journal helps
you stay on track.
Heres a tipwrite
down what you want
to practice before
you start the session
so you dont fall into the habit of repeating what you already
know. Save that for the end of a session. Start with the new
challenge first.
Make your piano practice goals SMART
S Specific
M Measurable
A Attainable
R Relevant
T Time-bound
The truth is that people overestimate what they can do in a
week, but they underestimate what they can do in a year!
See our attached practice log to get started (on page 20)

Piano Tip #5 Find a community and
supportive environment
Call it a community, a network, a tribe, a family whatever
you call it, and whoever you areyou need one.
It not only makes the journey more fun, but it also gives you
accountability and a whole network of people to get advice
from and ask questions to.
At PianoWithJonny, our members get access to our private
facebook group where hundreds of members share their
goals and progress. Nowadays its easier than ever to upload
videos and share feedback.
You are the average of the five people you spend the most
time with -Jim Rohn
You can greatly put the odds of success in your favor if you
share your goals with a small group of like-minded people
who will give you support and encouragement.
In addition to our social environment, our physical
environment can also influence us.
1 Hang a picture of your favorite musicians on the wall
by your piano to stay motivated
2 Keep your music practice space organized and
inviting so you want to spend time there!
3 Watch live performances to stay inspired as much as
Our environment and the people we surround ourselves with
have a huge influence on our success in any goal!
Lastly, remember that music is meant to be shared. It is
wonderful to play the music youre learning with family and
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what
we give -Churchill

At Piano With Jonny, we know that it takes steady
encouragment and coaching to become a great piano
We give our PWJ members goals and practice challenges
each month to grow. Members also get awarded for sharing
videos of their progress in our Facebook Group!
As students progress they can achieve 5 levels and claim
bonus rewards:

Piano Pupil Piano Apprentice

Piano Knight Piano King Piano Legend

Each Month we celebrate student successes by featuring

members in the Monthly Member Highlight.
Student who work hard even get the chance to get their
name on PWJ Wall Of Fame

We take the success of our students very seriously. Whether

youre just starting or youre an intermediate to advanced
player, we guarantee that our coaching will get real results.

If you are serious about your goals as a musician, you will
learn to set goals, love repetition, and keep a positive
mindset. You will measure your progress and find a
community of like-minded people to share your goals with.
At PianoWithJonny, we provide our students with all
the tools they need to succeed, and we have a great
community of people who are sharing their musical goals
with each other.
I guarantee that if you put in the work, youll see great
results. You may even surpass your own expectations! Now
you have the tools, but these tips are only useful if you apply
Make a commitment, and dont be afraid if you hit some
setbacks or a plateau. Keep your eyes on the goal and
remember why you love this instrument. Youll realize that
the reward of learning the piano is not in the destination, but
the journey itself.
Good luck on the journey
Jonny & Yannick


Inspirational Quotes
If it doesnt challenge you, it wont change you.

Wake up with determination, go to bed with satisfaction.

A river cuts through a rock not because of its power but

because of its persistence.

Fall seven times, stand up eight.

If plan A doesnt work, the alphabet has 25 more letters.

Victory is in having done your best. If youve done your best,

youve won.

Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss

of enthusiasm - W. Churchill

Its never too late to be who you may have been - T.S. Eliot

Recommended Books
Here are some of the authors and book titles that we highly
recommend if youd like to learn more about the psychology
of learning and music.

Effortless Mastery by Kenny Werner

The Practicing Mind by Michael Sterner
Mastery by George Leonard
The Music Lesson by Victor Wooten
The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
The Inner Game of Music by Barry Green

- More Piano Playing Tips-
Learning Piano technique:
1 Keep the arms and shoulders relaxed while at the same
time feeling grounded and connected to the torso.
2 Keep the hands even, and avoid pulling the wrists down.
3 Avoid collapsing the fingers when striking the piano keys.
Keep each finger sturdy, but not tense.
4 Keep your fingers close to keys and limit unnecessary
movement of the fingers you arent using.
Practice tips on learning scales & chords:
Study scales and chords from multiple angles: understand
the theoretical construction, listen to the sound, and focus
on the shape and feel of each chord or scale.
Learning sheet music:
1 Figure out the notes.
2 Figure out the best fingers to use to play the notes (it
depends on what feels most comfortable to you).
3 Practice hands separately (left hand bass clef/ right hand
treble clef) before trying hands together.
4 Break the song into small pieces and practice one
measure at a time. Practice accurately and repeat each
section at different speeds until you have mastered it.

-Fingering for Piano-
1 Learning to use all your fingers in the most effective
way is very important in piano playing.
2 Throughout our video lessons, try using the suggested
fingerings. You can always come up with your own
alternate fingering if it feels better than what is
demonstrated. You need to experiment and go with what
works. The goal is for it to feel easy and natural over time.

As stated above, these are the finger numbers. Commit this

to memory:
Thumbs are always finger 1
The pointer fingers are called finger 2
The middle fingers are called finger 3
The ring fingers are called finger 4
The pinky is called finger 5

Visit to read

The Fundamentals of Piano Practice by Chuan Chang for a
useful guide on piano practice and all technical
challenges encompassed in piano playing.

-Chord Chart-
Major Minor Diminished Augmented Major 7
M m dim + M7/7
135 1 b3 5 1 b3 b5 1 3 #5 1357

Dominant 7 Minor 7 Half Dim 7 Fully Dim 7

7 m7/-7 7 7
1 3 5 b7 1 b3 5 b7 1 b3 b5 b7 1 b3 b5 bb7

-This chart lists the most commonly used chords//

-(Enharmonic) notes are used for sake of clarity
(ex. E# is same as F)

C chords C# or Db chords
C C-E-G C# C#-F-G#
Cm C-Eb-G C#m C#-E-G#
Cdim C-Eb-Gb C#dim C#-E-G
C7 C-E-G-B C#7 C#-F-G#-C
C7 C-E-G-Bb C#7 C#-F-G#-B
C-7 C-Eb-G-Bb C#-7 C#-E-G#-B

D chords D# or Eb chords
D D-F#-A Eb Eb-G-Bb
Dm D-F-A Ebm Eb-Gb-Bb
Ddim D-F-Ab Ebdim Eb-Gb-A
D7 D-F#-A-C# Eb7 Eb-G-Bb-D
D7 D-F#-A-C Eb7 Eb-G-Bb-Db
Dm7 D-F-A-C Eb-7 Eb-Gb-Bb-Db

E chords F chords
E E-G#-B F F-A-C
Em E-G-B Fm F-Ab-C
Edim E-G-Bb Fdim F-Ab-B
E7 E-G#-B-D# F7 F-A-C-E
E7 E-G#-B-D F7 F-A-C-Eb
E-7 E-G-B-D F-7 F-Ab-C-Eb

F# or Gb chords G chords
F# F#-A#-C# G G-B-D
F#m F#-A-C# Gm G-Bb-D
F#dim F#-A-C Gdim G-Bb-Db
F#7 F#-A#-C#-F G7 G-B-D-F#
F#7 F#-A#-C#-E G7 G-B-D-F
F#-7 F#-A-C#-E G-7 G-Bb-D-F

G# or Ab chords A chords
Ab Ab-C-Eb A A-C#-E
Abm Ab-B-Eb Am A-C-E
Abdim Ab-B-D Adim A-C-Eb
Ab7 Ab-C-Eb-G A7 A-C#-E-G#
Ab7 Ab-C-Eb-Gb A7 A-C#-E-G
Ab-7 Ab-B-Eb-Gb A-7 A-C-E-G

A# or Bb chords B chords
Bb Bb-D-F B B-D#-F#
Bbm Bb-Db-F Bm B-D-F#
Bbdim Bb-Db-E Bdim B-D-F
Bb7 Bb-D-F-A B7 B-D#F#-A#
Bb7 Bb-D-F-Ab B7 B-D#-F#-A
Bb-7 Bb-Db-F-Ab B-7 B-D-F#-A

Chord inversions:
-A 3 note chords can be in- Root position- 1 3 5 (C-E-G), 1st
inversion- 3 5 1 (E-G-C), 2nd inversion- 5 1 3 (G-C-E)
-A 7th chord (4 notes) can be in- Root position- 1 3 5 7
(C-E-G-B), 1st inversion- 3 5 7 1 (E-G-B-C), 2nd inversion- 5 7
1 3 (G-B-C-E), 3rd inversion- 7 1 3 5 (B-C-E-G)
Major Scales
C: C, D, E, F, G, A, B, C
Db/C#: Db, Eb, F, Gb, Ab, Bb, C, Db
D: D, E, F#, G, A, B, C#, D
Eb/D#: Eb, F, G, Ab, Bb, C, D, Eb
E: E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, D#, E
F: F, G, A, Bb, C, D, E, F
Gb/F#: Gb, Ab, Bb, Cb, Db, Eb, F, Gb
G: G, A, B, C, D, E, F#, G
Ab/G#: Ab, Bb, C, Db, Eb, F, G, Ab
A: A, B, C#, D, E, F#, G#, A
Bb/A#: Bb, C, D, Eb, F, G, A, Bb
B: B, C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A#, B

-Music Terminology-
This is an overview of some basic musical terminology which
may be used in the videos.

-Scale- a collection of notes/pitches that follows a certain
pattern of whole and half steps
-Scale degree- the individual notes belonging to a scale,
usually labeled by numbers (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7). These num-
bers can also be related to chords.
-Major scale- one of the most common types of scales
which has the interval pattern of WWHWWWH (whole and
half steps).
-Minor scale- the second most common type of scale in
western music, which relative to the major scale has the
3rd, 6th, and 7th scale degrees lowered.

-Key- a key is related to a particular major or minor scale

and is named by the first note of that scale.
-Half step- any two notes directly next to each other.

-Whole step- any two notes separated by a half step. The

distance of two half steps.
-Sharp- raising a note by a half step.

-Flat- lowering a note by a half step.

-Interval- the distance between any two notes, described

by numbers such as 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th (oc-
tave) etc. Intervals can be major or minor (depending on
the specific distance).
-Chord- at least 3 notes played at the same time. There are
many variations of chords, but most chords are made up of
intervals of a third.
-Triad- a chord made up of 3 notes. There are four possi-
bilities- major, minor, diminished, and augmented (depend-
ing on the type of thirds).

-Seventh chord- a chord made up of 4 notes. The most
common ones are- major, dominant, minor, half diminished
and fully diminished. These chords are used frequently in
jazz music.
-Inversion- a different version of the chord, made by rear-
ranging the order of the notes.
-Chord symbol- a shorthand abbreviation or symbol which
stands for a specific chord
-Chord progression- a sequence of chords. Chord progres-
sions can be long or short, simple or complex, and there
are many variations and common patterns.
-Chord voicing- the different ways in which a chord can be
played, through arranging the notes, using inversions, and
doubling or adding notes.
-Enharmonic- referring to the same note by more than one
possible name due to sharps and flats (ex. E# = F).

-Beats- the pulse in music, or the basic unit of keeping
-Note values- there are different note values in music of
shorter or longer durations. The most common types of
notes are whole, half, quarter, eighth, sixteenth, and thir-
ty-second notes.
-Tempo- the speed of a piece- fast or slow. Italian terms
are used in music to describe tempo. Metronome markings
are marked in BPM or beats per minute.
-Meter- the meter describes how many beats are in a mea-
sure and what type of note gets one beat.
-Measures/ Bars- music is divided into measures, which are
defined by the meter (the number of beats per measure).
This makes the music easier to follow.
-Downbeat- the first beat of a measure.

-Pick-up note- a note (or notes) which precede the

downbeat of a measure.

-Triplet- a type of rhythm which divides the beat by three.
-Swing- a lilting feel created in the music by using triplets,
leaving out the middle note of the triplet group.

-Arrangement- the way a songwriter or player creates his
or her version of a song. It refers to a how the chords and
melody are interpreted
-Melody- the notes in the foreground of a song which
combine pitch and rhythm. Melody is usually played in the
right hand on the piano.
-Bass- the foundation of music, or the low notes which
generally indicate the root of a chord.

-Harmony- Notes played at the same time, which create

chords. They are defined by the intervals between the
-Solo- refers to improvisation or playing by oneself. In
soloing one creates musical ideas out of the notes from
different scales and chords.
-Ornamentation- a technique of adding notes to decorate
or embellish a melody or accompaniment.

-Sliding notes- a technique common in blues and other

styles of piano in which the player slides quickly from one
note to another, which replicates the effect of a guitar or
-Riff/ lick- a musical idea which can be the basis of an
improvisation or solo.

-Accompaniment- music that supports the melody. Piano

is often used to accompany a singer or other instrument
because it can provide the harmonic foundation (chords)
and bass notes.
-Shuffle- a type of accompaniment used in blues pia-
no playing which features swung notes, using the triplet

-Practice Log-
1 Goals are Dreams with Deadlines
2 Keeping a practice log is a great way to track your
progress and stay motivated.
3 Just enter the date, amount of time practiced, what you
focused on, and any ideas and reflections. This could
include any challenges you encountered, new things you
tried, questions that came up, or anything else you can
think of.

Date Duration: What practiced Ideas & Reflections:

Date Duration: What practiced Ideas & Reflections: