Music Matters Video Tutorials
Run by Alex Shore and Gareth Green, Music Matters provides a whole heap of content to help students learn about music. Download courses and learning resources covering many different subjects of musical study, with video tutorials on music theory, aural training, composition, sight reading, sight singing, practical piano and many more. All professionally presented to you by ABRSM Examiner Gareth Green.
Information regarding ABRSM exams, including requirements and information, as well as the full syllabus for both practical piano and music theory grades 1-8.
If you are wondering which books you need for practice, or are interesting in exploring some new repertoire here is a list of books for students to purchase depending on individual requirements.
The best and often the cheapest places to purchase these books and a whole load of others is from Amazon, Musicroom, Wordery, Book Depository and Music Notes. Click the pictures below to go straight there.
Buying a PIano
Purchasing advice for students looking to buy a piano and information about tuning.
Here is a page which gives a decent breakdown of piano makes and their respective ratings, none of these are set in stone, but it should give you an idea of whether a certain brand is any good or not.
A selection of commonly used chord progressions to get you used to finding chords quickly. Work through these in different keys, both major and minor, using different inversions. Then try experimenting with other chords to make up some of your own.
Circle of Fifths
The circle of fifths is a visual representation of the relationships among the 12 tones of the chromatic scale, their corresponding key signatures, and their associated major and minor keys. Also check out the Music Matters video regarding the circle of fifths here on YouTube!
A useful recourse to help with counting different rhythms, getting used to what the various combinations of rhythms sound like and seeing how they all relate to each other.
Digital Audio Workstations (DAW)
There are a couple of really great DAW's to get you started with producing your own music. For people using a Mac / iOS device then Garageband is a great application to get into and get started with and what I would personally recommend to begin with. The professional equivalent of this is Logic Pro, which is great for more experienced users.
A full sized piano keyboard with the names of all the notes.
Chord guides for the piano. Including all variations of major, minor and seventh chords.
Rhythm & Pitch Basics
Help sheets covering the different types of notes and their corresponding rests as well as all the pitches for treble and bass clef.
Sight Reading App
Piano Notes Pro is a handy little application available on both the iPhone and the iPad for helping learn how to read music and develop sight reading skills. Click the link below to find out more and download the app. Take a look at this video helping out get to know the program.