BROWSE PAGE TIPS
We’ve built a robust browse page at www.HDpiano.com/search/ that allows you to filter our lessons by artist, genre, instructor, decade, and more. You can even narrow your search to lessons that feature Melody Versions or that have corresponding sheet music. As you browse, you can mark the lessons that interest you by clicking the small star next to each title. These lessons will be saved under the favorite lessons tab. Please note that the favorites feature is only available when logged in.
Check out our playlist of practice tips to help you overcome some of the hurdles that can get in the way of effective practicing. There are twelve lessons in all that touch on dexterity, rhythm, transposition, memorization and more.
Repetition is key to effective practice. Our looping tool allows you to repeat sections of varying lengths without lifting your hands from the keyboard. First, identify a section of a lesson that needs some extra attention, rewind to about 5 or 10 seconds before where it begins, and then press the loop button. This will open the looping control which allows you to set your ‘in’ and ‘out’ points. As the video plays and your intended practice spot approaches, get ready to set your in point. Once set, you can then wait until that section is over to set your out point by clicking once more. The video will loop whatever range you have selected until you turn off looping by pressing the looping button once more. You can also manually adjust the loop length by dragging the handles on the timeline after you’ve set your initial loop.
TEN SECOND SKIP
On mobile and tablet devices, you can double tap on the left or right side of the video to skip ahead or rewind by 10-second increments. This is a handy feature if you miss something the first go around and just want to quickly go over it again without interrupting playback.
If you click on the settings icon in the video player, you can select between multiple speed options. Useful for scrubbing through the video at a faster pace to find a particular section, or for slowing down fast passages to play along.
SUSTAIN PEDAL DATA
Have you ever wondered about the light gray background that comes and goes throughout our lessons? Wonder no more. This backdrop corresponds to the instructor’s sustain pedal activity. When the pedal is pressed, the background becomes a lighter shade of grey. This is helpful if you find that your foot just can’t resist the urge to over-pedal and you need some concrete suggestions for when to pedal.
CC SUBTITLE’S ON/OFF
All of our whole song videos feature closed-captions that display realtime chord information. You can toggle this feature on and off using the CC button. This is a handy resource for learners familiar with chord symbols.
FORCE NATIVE FULLSCREEN
On mobile devices, you may notice that full screen is not truly full screen. If you’re bothered by the address bar taking up space on your device, then you can use this handy trick to force the video into native full screen. Simply add this to the end of any lesson URL: ?fullscreen=1
Please note that this will disable all video playback features such as looping, speed control and subtitles.
If you’re new to our format, then here are a few recommendations to help you get the most out of our lessons:
- Get familiar with the original recording. Context is key to understanding the piano part. Observe how it interacts and blends with all of the other elements of the recording.
- Look for patterns. Our visual format brings all sorts of musical patterns to light. As a song progresses, make a mental note of what certain parts look like. Ascending, descending, clustered, far apart, high, low – all of these musical traits are easy to recognize with our falling block graphics.
- Take notes. Write down the timestamp of your favorite lesson moments. Maybe it’s a particular line played by the instructor or a helpful tip that was shared.
- Have fun! Don’t beat yourself up if you can’t play “The Entertainer” after 30 minutes of practice- learning to play piano can be a journey!