Today I have a special Christmas surprise for piano beginners! 😉
Who said that Christmas Carols cannot be played by using the professional playing principles of the Russian piano school? They certainly can :D, and that’s what we are going to do in today’s video tutorial!
So let’s combine the fun with the useful! Let’s enjoy the magic atmosphere of the winter holidays while improving our technical and expressive piano skills! 🙂
We’ll analyze and practice (mindfully and correctly, by keeping a good posture and using the whole-arm action principle) 5 famous Christmas songs in an easy arrangement adapted for beginners!
You can download all the needed scores by clicking on the links below this video!
01:29. Jingle Bells – demonstration in the final tempo.
02:27. Jingle Bells – detailed analysis.
05:27. Jingle Bells – practice tips.
13:03. The First Noel – demonstration in the final tempo.
14:08. The First Noel – practice tips.
17:23. Silent Night – demonstration in the final tempo.
18:15. Silent Night – practice tips.
21:37. Joy to the World – demonstration in the final tempo.
22:32. We Wish You a Merry Christmas – demonstration in the final tempo.
23:12. We Wish You a Merry Christmas – practice tips.
25:11. We Wish You a Merry Christmas – another (more advanced) arrangement.
Here are the scores that I used for today’s lesson (click to view and download):
The First Noel
Joy to The World
We Wish You a Merry Christmas – Easy Version
We Wish You a Merry Christmas – More Complex Version
At the end of a year it’s always interesting (and instructive! LOL) to look back and highlight the most special moments. This year was a really amazing (and busy!) one – because it taught me that dreams DO come true (of course, with lots of dedication and perseverance :)).
I am sooooooo happy that on 15th of February 2012 I ‘brought to life’ one of my biggest piano dreams: PianoCareerAcademy.com – a Holistic Piano Coaching Program based on interactive learning where I share the professional principles of the Russian Piano School via my holistic approach to piano playing, music and lifestyle.
Very soon, in February 2013, our Private Members Forum forum will be 1 year old – and I can’t believe how much distance we have covered during these 10 months! We already have hundreds of video and written tutorials available for our members – not to mention the thousands of exciting piano conversations where everyone shares their experience, recordings, piano goals, dilemmas and their dreams!
Another special moment was the launch (in the beginning of September) of an exclusive Step-by-Step Video Course based on Nikolaev’s Russian School of Piano Playing – the most important method book for beginners (grades 1-2) that we use in the Russian Piano School. Twelve Lessons are already LIVE in the Members Area – and I continue to post a new lesson each week. By the way, Lesson No. 1 is also available here, on PianoCareer.com! 😉
Inspired by the questions of my online students, I also designed hundreds of other piano tutorials (in video or written form). A couple of these tutorials are available on this site – and you can get access to all the other ones by joining my Piano Coaching Program ;). Here is the Complete List of Available Tutorials that you can find on PianoCareerAcademy.com!
I have many new interesting plans and projects for 2013 – and I hope you’ll enjoy the new tutorials that I am currently designing ;). I will not spoil the surprise – but I’ll certainly send an email notification to all my email newsletter subscribers each time I publish a new tutorial!
And now – a little advice:
Most of us set goals at the beginning of a new year. However, many of these goals get lost in the middle of our daily routine, until they’re totally forgotten on a little ‘dusty shelf’ of our mind. We blame it on lack of time, on stress, on our demanding job…
However, the real reason behind ‘forgotten’ goals and dreams is fear. We’re reluctant to begin a new musical (or non-musical) project because we’re afraid of failure. We dream about learning a beautiful new piece, but we keep procrastinating because we fear that we’re not ready to play it yet. We would love to play in a big concert, but performance anxiety keeps us ‘paralyzed’.
We’re afraid of change. We’re afraid of the unknown. We’re afraid to get out of our comfort zone. We’re afraid to try new things.
For this reason, we invent tons of excuses to keep us from doing the things we really love (or from learning a difficult piece, or from playing on stage, or from getting our piano degree).
So how do we let go of this fear? The answer is much simpler than most of us imagine: by taking the first step. Simply take the first step in the direction of your new dream! DO instead of plan! Today – yes, even during the holidays! Print (buy) that score. Then place it on your piano. Then decipher the first line. And then tomorrow take another tiny step. And the next day do the same. And when you look back after one week, you will be amazed to see how much you have accomplished!
And now imagine what you can do in ONE YEAR! 😀 😉
Believe in yourself, dream big and have courage! Things are always much easier (and less scarier) than they seem.
MERRY CHRISTMAS and have a Happy, bright, successful and fabulous New Year!!!
See you in 2013!!!
P.S. Many new articles and video tutorials are coming soon on PianoCareer.com! Follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Google + (and now also on Pinterest!) to get instant updates, support and motivation!
If you enjoyed this free online piano lesson, here are some other piano learning and practice topics you’ll like:
Christmas Tutorial for Piano Beginners and Intermediates!
Chopin – Impromptu No. 1 in Ab Major, op. 29. Piano Tutorial
No Time to Practice? 5 Powerful Solutions for Lack of Time
The Key Principles of Correct Piano Practice: A Step-By-Step Holistic Guide
Bach-Liszt – Organ Prelude in A Minor, BWV 543. Detailed Piano Tutorial and Real-Time Practice
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Happy New Year! Thanks very much for his videos and advices, helped me a lot.
Thank you Cristy!
Enjoy your practice and have a wonderful holiday season! 😉
Ilinca, Thank You for your video! I’m not student, but I’m piano teacher too and I’m very interested in your tutorials. You help me in my professional development. Happy Christmas and all the best!!!
Thank you so much – it’s great to meet a colleague!!! 😉
Have a beautiful holiday season and a Happy New Year!
Hi Ilinca! Thank you for such a great tutorial. Enjoy your holiday season. Hope St. Nick was good to you. Have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!
You’re the best!
Thank you so much, Charles! 🙂
I just wanted to say that I love your site and articles. They confirm for me what I’ve been discovering before, and have a very good and motivating energy in them.
I wanted to learn to play piano, or an instrument in general, for SO long already. But all these times I put it off, because I thought it would be ‘too hard’, or I would be ‘too old’ (I’m 18), or that I would be ‘too a-musical’, well when I came to me that ALL of this were just pathetic excuses, I gave myself a mental slap-in-the-face and went for it. I can honestly say that I’ve NEVER before been SO motivated for something before. School, and it’s repetitive ‘this-is-the-answer-and-nothing-else’ mentality completely crushed my confidence and creativity, and even though learning should be a GREAT experience, school made me HATE it!
But now, with piano, I am SO motivated. I enjoy every bit I learn, and it makes me feel alive again!
I cursed myself a few times for starting so late, but I realize that before now… I just wasn’t ready. My mindset wasn’t right yet, and I know I would have quit. Now… “quitting” is not even an option, as I WILL NOT let my dreams die AGAIN!
Being self-taught is difficult sometimes, because you cannot ask advice on how you’re doing and have to keep a keen eye on that you aren’t developing bad habits, but on the other hand do I have complete freedom to go as fast or as slow as I want, learn only music which I like, and feel free to experiment and not let my creative spirit die out.
For about two months (yeah, it’s not much I know) I’ve been practising each day for about an hour or more, and I didn’t even intend to do so most of the time. I just start and end up thinking “Where did the time go!?”. I had to skip out on my practise one day lately, and I felt terrible. I just felt like I ‘missed’ something, like my day wasn’t ‘complete’. (Hmmm, how will that be with taking holidays… right now I just pretend I can carry my piano with me everywhere I go XD)
Anyway, this musical journey has so far taught me ONE big thing; that EVERYTHING is possible, as long as you WANT it, and GO for it! That that little voice in your head saying “you can’t do it” “it’s too hard” “it takes too much time” bla bla bla, is a lying little twit!
🙂 Thanks for the great articles, they’re very helpful and I can really find myself in your philosophy and view on things.
It’s great to meet you – and thank you so much for your inspiring comment! 😉
You’re perfectly right – it’s never to late to start following your dream, and everything DOES begin with the right state of mind! 🙂
I’m really happy that you’re enjoying my tutorials – and I wish you LOTS of good luck in your piano journey! Continue to practice with the same passion and enthusiasm that you mentioned in your comment, and everything will be fantastic! 😀
I really love this website and your articles they are so inspiring.I always wanted to learn piano and I must tell you that here in India there is lack of courses on piano and western music, and from my childhood I had a dream to sit and plat ode to joy on piano but I was not able to fulfill my dream. 13 years swept away and one day I found an old keyboard in the storeroom and that day I determined to learn piano. It is because of this tutorials that I am heading towards my dream…
Thanxx btw merry Christmas and happy new year of 2014 🙂 🙂
By the way, you can find hundreds of exclusive tutorials (including step-by-step Video Lessons for Beginners) on my Piano Coaching Program at PianoCareerAcademy.com! 😉
Good luck with your practice, never give up on your dreams – and have a wonderful New Year!!!