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FIVE Fun-Filled Instructional Piano Videos
TEN different great piano techniques in each video

Stranger in Paradise - Runs and Fills Instructional Video

10 Run and Fills piano techniques are demonstrated using "Stranger in Paradise", also known as "Polovetsian Dance".

  1. Echo Run
  2. Left-hand Ballad Style
  3. Cross Hands
  4. Rolling Tremolos
  5. Locked-hands Block Chords
  1. Major 7th Chords & Runs
  2. Waterfall Runs
  3. Half-step Progressions
  4. Chromatic Runs
  5. 6/9 Chords & Runs

In the video at right, I played the song using all 10 techniques, at regular tempo.

In the actual instructional video, all 10 techniques are demonstrated slowly, step-by-step, with clear captions.




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...Elssa's videos are chock full of professional sounding techniques...
Being a retired piano/organ teacher I really appreciate the thought she has put into her videos in order to make it easy for everyone to learn these techniques and apply them to all songs not just the ones she uses in the videos...
Thanks also for the free videos that you have posted in your members forum.
Alene T., Retired Piano Teacher, Salem, OR, USA

Elssa's Piano Stylings and Techniques Video I

In this tutorial, segments of the songs, Misty and Moon River, are used to demonstrate 10 piano techniques that are taught.

  1. Major 7th & Major 9th Runs & Fills
  2. Jazzy Chords/Progressions
  3. Whole Tone Scales/Runs
  4. Straddles
  5. Swing-Stride/Rolling 10ths
  1. Cross-Hands Technique
  2. The Blues
  3. Waterfall Run
  4. Turn-Arounds
  5. Echo Runs & Fills

The videos below show me playing Misty and Moon River at regular tempo. The 10 techniques are sprinkled throughout the songs.

In the actual instructional video, all techniques are demonstrated slowly, step-by-step, with clear captions.




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I've seen this video and I love it!!! I'm sure many budding pianists are benefitting from this. Way to go!
You are doing wonderful things with your instructional videos. Keep going strong.
Robin Meloy Goldsby
Pianist; Composer; Author of "Piano Girl: A Memoir"




Elssa's teaching method is excellent... She demonstrates the techniques to us... very, very clearly; slowly to start with so you really are able to follow it, and then shows the techniques used up to speed, and then incorporated into a song...
I have bought many other teaching courses and DVD's - but in my opinion these are the best and definitely my favourites.
Carole A. Rogers, UK

Elssa's Piano Stylings and Techniques Video II

This Stylings Video II contains a treasure trove of exciting and fun piano runs and fills!

  1. Enchanted Run
  2. Harmonic 9th Run
  3. Descending Broken Chord Run
  4. Echo Run
  5. Waterfall Run
  1. Chromatic Chord Run
  2. Walking Bass
  3. Contrary Motion
  4. Diminished Chords
  5. Latin Rhythms
  6. Bonus - Descending Maj7th Run

In the video at the right, a few techniques from the instructional video are highlighted.

In the actual over one-hour instructional video, all 10 techniques plus the 11th bonus technique are demonstrated slowly, step-by-step, with clear captions. Also provided in a PDF file are clear, concise outlines of all demonstrated techniques in the video.




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If you are an intermediate or advanced player or even a beginner who wants to peek at a jazzy level of playing, don't hesitate to buy Elssa's videos.
Good news: You will not be frustrated by show-off demonstrations. Elssa takes you by the hand and teaches you how to do it yourself.
I own many many instructional videos, and out of them all, Elssa's videos stand out in their ease of use and sophisticated sounds.
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Elssa's Holiday Songs Video

Learn how to create exciting and beautiful piano arrangements of your favorite Christmas music!

This over half-hour video demonstrates in great detail many new, fun and exciting piano techniques, which can be applied to your favorite standards, as well as holiday songs.

Multiple techniques are taught in the context of different Christmas and holiday songs. Some of the techniques include:
  • Insertion Chords
  • Jazzy Chord Progression with Descending Bass
  • Alberti Bass with multiple Variations
  • Half-Step Chord Progression
  • Right Hand Handshape Technique
  • Descending Bass
  • Diminished and b9 Chords
  • Triplet Ballad Technique
  • Descending Broken Chord Run
  • and more!

In the following video, I played "Carol of the Bells" using some of the above techniques.


Songs and Carols used in the Holiday Instructional Video:
  • Winter Wonderland
  • The Christmas Song
  • Let It Snow
  • O Holy Night
  • The Carol of the Bells
  • The Christmas Waltz
Additional Bonus Material:
  • Bonus Demo - Chimes/Bells Technique
  • PDF Lead Sheet - O Holy Night
  • PDF Lead Sheet - Carol of the Bells

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...a great piano player and musician at heart... she gives away her secrets and piano tips of how you can play excellent cocktail style of runs and fills. There are lots of gems in her videos...
I highly recommend this course to all piano players.
Rosa Suen, Hong Kong
Piano Teacher, Learn Piano With Rosa


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Elssa's Piano Stylings and Techniques Video III

In this tutorial, segments of the classic and timeless tune, Blue Moon, are used to demonstrate 10 fun and fabulous piano techniques. Includes a bonus demo!

  1. Two-hand 9th Run
  2. Cascading Run
  3. Cascading Run II
  4. Waterfall Run
  5. Sliding Stride
  1. Chromatic Slides
  2. Chromatic Flat 9th Chords
  3. Top-Down Chords
  4. Echo Runs and Variation
  5. PolyChord Runs
  6. Bonus Demo: Cross-Hands Run

In the one-hour instructional video, all 10 techniques plus the 11th bonus technique are demonstrated slowly, step-by-step, with clear captions. Also included is a PDF file that lists the start time of each demo within the video.




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The videos are captioned well and succinctly...
She makes it look and sound easy. It's both instructional and inspirational...
I can't recommend her videos highly enough...At the price that she offers them, it's a STEAL!
Rosanna S., San Francisco, USA

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About Elssa

Diane Mathison, nickname Elssa, has been playing piano and organ for over 35 years and has developed a unique style of playing and teaching that focuses on the popular cocktail piano style that everyone loves. She majored in music in college and has studied with top classical and jazz teachers for many years. She taught groups and private lessons, as well as in piano and organ stores.

Based on her experiences, she has put together innovative videos which help people learn to express their passion for music in real ways by learning real techniques that can be used in a free style to create their own amazing musical arrangements. With her videos, she shares in great detail all the beautiful and exciting runs and fills, chord progressions, left-hand accompaniment techniques, and much more which she uses in her performances and recordings.

at the piano keyboard

She welcomes the opportunity to share all this with those who are tired of just sight reading and playing the usual uninspiring arrangements from books and who wish to develop their own wonderful style, gain a fuller and richer understanding of harmony and all aspects of music in the process.

Elssa lives in upstate New York with her cat Gwen, who occasionally likes to add a couple of finishing notes to Elssa's recordings.

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