sheet music at piano

How to End it!

How to End it! – Scott teaches you a great ending that uses some modulation.

  • Vanessa Challis
    Posted at 07:27h, 03 November

    What a neat way to end a song – loved it!
    Thanks once again!

    • Carolyn
      Posted at 20:06h, 05 November

      OH, I LOVE how you teach those tricks. I wish the computer was beside my piano. Keep those easy tips coming. Many thanks.

  • Mel Field
    Posted at 07:42h, 03 November

    Scott, I hear the terms “related chords” & “chord families”, but I can find little about them. Can you define them or guide me to a source?

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 11:04h, 03 November

      I have no clue on “related chords” but when I use the term “chord families” I mean all 12 chords (because there are only 12 different notes in our system of music, after that they start repeating in octaves) of one type.

      i.e. The “7th” family, or the “diminished” family, or whatever… Just referring to all the chords of that type…


  • Mel Field
    Posted at 07:43h, 03 November

    P.S. These videos are really great!

  • Regina from the Bronx
    Posted at 08:12h, 03 November

    Hi Scott!
    Can’t wait to apply this nugget to most of the songs that I already know. It’s so simple that even I should be able to do it and sound really great!!!!

    Thanks for this FREE advice. I already have your
    6 online courses (I’m on Course 4 right now) but if you ever decide to create more online courses, I would certainly BUY them.

    Regina from the Bronx

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 11:05h, 03 November


    • Regina from the Bronx
      Posted at 20:18h, 05 November

      Hi Scott!

      I thought I could do it on my own but I was not successful.
      I’m trying to put this ending onto Moon River which is on Page 130 of Gig Book 2. Could help me?

      Regina from the Bronx

      • Scott Houston
        Posted at 11:08h, 06 November

        It’ll work perfectly on that tune Regina. In fact, it is in C so it will be the exact same chords I used in the blog vid.

        In the very last 2 measures you’ll see the chord changes go from a G7 to a C. So, play the G7 along with the melody as is. Then in the last measure when you would normally go down to the C chord instead play a G#maj7, to a C#maj7, then finish on the C. The last melody note is a C so just hold it through all three of those chords.


        • Regina from the Bronx
          Posted at 20:19h, 06 November

          Hi Scott,

          Thanks, I got it.
          It just took me a little longer.

          Regina from the Bronx

  • art Stefans
    Posted at 08:32h, 03 November


    I can not begin to express my gratitude for the helpful tips
    that you send me from time to time. Your suggestions always
    improve my understanding of the music and of course make
    me sound like a much musician than I actually am. Thanks again


  • Chris
    Posted at 09:09h, 03 November

    Very helpful! Thanks for sharing.

  • Mariann
    Posted at 09:58h, 03 November

    Another awesome session. Thank you!
    PS I notice you use hymns in your illustrations. I love playing hymns. My Dad, since passed, loved playing hymns also. Just a quick note to share in that vane. I love the “music box” sound. I discovered playing my hymns an octave higher, and it sounds beautiful. Just like coming out of a music box. Of course, you probably knew that….lol
    Thanks again Mr. Piano Guy

  • Carole Wells
    Posted at 10:16h, 03 November

    Great to open e-mails each Tuesday and find another great tip from you. Thanks, Scott. Heading to my piano now.

  • Brenda Graves
    Posted at 10:16h, 03 November

    OH! Thank you Scott.
    I am so looking forward to practicing this!
    This is just too much fun!
    Regards, Brenda

  • Ed Panschar
    Posted at 10:37h, 03 November

    I really enjoy viewing these tips. I would like to see some tips on adding more notes to the right hand to give a fuller sound to the tunes. I try to use the chord substitutions that you lay out in your fake books.

  • Brian Petersen
    Posted at 10:59h, 03 November

    Thanks for the little gem of an ending… always refreshing to learn from you.

    Posted at 12:15h, 03 November

    i have studied classical, swing, jazz, etc for many years,
    but you really have some excellent information on how to
    play the piano for a beginner. you put a lot of very good
    ideas for a beginner to practice and study which makes
    it a lot of fun and a real pleasure too learn how to play
    the piano. ps. your books are excellent for anyone to
    practice. thank you, a. pepin

  • Paul
    Posted at 15:07h, 03 November

    I love the bit of theory you throw into your videos. I think that is so important to really learning the piano. I learned as a kid and theory was not really taught to me. It wasn’t until I started guitar that it all became clear as my teacher made it a priority. Good stuff.

  • Joan Hammel
    Posted at 12:43h, 04 November

    This is my favorite tip that you have shared so far. Love it!

  • Grace Johnson
    Posted at 18:17h, 05 November

    Thanks, Scott. This really helps. Much appreciated.

  • Lynn Aucoin
    Posted at 20:31h, 06 November

    Thanks, Scott. Great tip!

  • George E Wells
    Posted at 14:31h, 09 November

    Hey there Scott — Great explanation on the endings.
    Got it. —
    Also, Saturday, Nov. 7 was my 80th birthday.
    I’ve been your student for at least 6 years.
    Thanks again,

    • Scott Houston
      Posted at 11:14h, 10 November

      Atta boy George – 80 years young and having fun playing piano. Perfect!

      Happy belated birthday!