Advent Calendar 2020

A different tune will be featured each day of December.
Learn festive favourites, and a variety of other music too :)

24th

The Christmas Song

With an appropriate title, here's our final festive tune for this advent calendar - with sheet music, notes, and a play-by-ear version - enjoy!


Piano Notes
Playing by ear
Sheet Music


Festive Fun

23rd

Somewhere in my memory

Another festive tune, as requested - and made famous in Home Alone, this tune has 2 versions - one with more notes than the other.


Piano Notes
Sheet Music (single-note)
Sheet Music

22nd

Fairytale of New York

As requested by a couple of students - here's a song made famous by the Pogues!


Piano Notes
Sheet Music

21st

Ding Dong

Here's a traditional song - that starts "Ding Dong..."


Piano Notes
Sheet Music


20th

Rudolph

In our final few days, we'll feature even more festive favourites - starting with Rudolph!


Piano Lesson
Piano Notes
Sheet Music


Something different

19th

New World Symphony

Here's something else a bit different - a nice slow piece from Dvořák


Piano Lesson
Piano Notes
Sheet Music

18th

Eye of the Tiger

As well as piano, I also have guitar students - and this is one of their favourites, so I had some fun recording it!


Guitar Cover
Sheet Music

17th

Cantina Band Theme

Now, for something a bit different again - here's a tune from Star Wars - 29k views, very popular on YouTube!


Piano Lesson
Piano Notes
Sheet Music


Festive Pop Songs

16th

I Wish It Could Be...

One more in our group of festive pop songs, this time from Wizzard - in two keys - can you tell what they are?


Piano Notes
Sheet Music

15th

Last Christmas

Another festive pop song today from Wham! - including the lyrics and the keyboard solo too.


Piano Notes
Sheet Music

14th

Step into Christmas

This Elton John song has been particularly popular this year. It's fairly easy to play the intro riff - then try the other parts too.


Piano Notes
Sheet Music


Tune Challenge

13th

Compose your own

As we pass the half-way point, I'll set you a challenge - compose your own piece of music! This summer I had lots of fun writing a variety of tunes, here's one: Walking to Loch Brandy :)

Play-through
Piano Notes
Sheet Music



More Christmas Music

12th

Carols by ear

As well as reading sheet music, it's handy to be able to play tunes by ear. In this video from 2015, I explain how to play a few Christmas Carols by ear!


Piano Lesson

11th

Jingle Bells (F)

Many people have enjoyed the easy version of Jingle Bells - here's another version, including "Dashing Through the Snow" :)

Piano Notes
Sheet Music

10th

Let it snow

Who knows if it will be a white Christmas this year?! Anyway, here's "Let it snow" - enjoy :)

Piano Notes
Piano Lesson
Sheet Music



Popular on YouTube

9th

In the bleak midwinter

Today we have two tunes for the price of one! Two students requested different versions of the same Christmas Carol "In the bleak midwinter" - so I had a go arranging them:

Piano Notes
Sheet Music: Holst
Sheet Music: Darke

8th

Imagine

Here's an iconic tune that's really simple to learn -
Imagine by John Lennon -
who died 40 years ago on this very day...

Piano Notes
Piano Lesson
Sheet Music

7th

Skye Boat Song

Here's a Scottish tune - one of the most popular on the channel, probably because of Outlander... Skye Boat Song - with 2 versions: one a bit easier!

Piano Notes
Piano Lesson
Sheet Music
Sheet Music (easier)



Top Themes

6th

Hedwig's Theme

Our 3rd theme in a minor key - featured in the Harry Potter movies . . . Hedwig's Theme.

Piano Notes
Piano Lesson
Sheet Music

5th

Pink Panther Theme

Sticking with minor key themes - this has become very popular with students - mysterious!

Piano Notes
Piano Lesson
Sheet Music

4th

In the Hall of the Mountain King

Here's a piece by Grieg - also known as the theme tune for Alton Towers!

Piano Notes
Piano Lesson
Sheet Music



Festive Favourites

3rd

We Wish You...

The third of three Christmas tunes today: "We Wish You a Merry Christmas!" - tomorrow something a bit different . . .

Piano Notes
Piano Lesson
Sheet Music

2nd

Have Yourself...

Second to feature is "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" - proving very popular this year with students!

Piano Notes
Piano Lesson
Sheet Music

1st

It was on a starry night

Our advent calendar begins with the popular Christmas Carol: "It was on a starry night". There's piano notes, plus a lesson too.

Piano Notes
Piano Lesson
Sheet Music