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December 27   -  

Piano Technique: Student/teacher echo exchanges stabilize rhythm and refine articulation

Of my favorite teaching strategies is bouncing warm-ups back and forth with students. We echo short phrases in legato and staccato as a form of rhythmic rehab. The recordings of these interactions become valuable practicing aids between lessons. ...

December 26   -  

Happy Holidays!

To all my faithful readers whom I dearly treasure and appreciate! *** Two grand pianos and my Yamaha Arius digital chime in! And an excerpt from Handel’s Messiah For those who celebrated Chanukah! Wishing all a Happy New Year with dreams ...

December 25   -  

A favorite J.S. Bach tutorial (Little Prelude in F, BWV 927)

One of my adult students is excited about learning this treasured miniature, and it just so happened that I stumbled upon one of my you tube posted instructions that will assist both of us in our forthcoming two-way musical exchange. (After I put a ...

December 23   -  

Nikolas Sideris, composer, is making a Millennium statement!

It started as a “rant” on a Piano Pedagogy Internet forum. Nikolas Sideris, a prolific, “living” composer of Greek origin insisted that piano teachers were not providing students with a balanced diet of pieces. He faulted ...

December 21   -  

Theory embedded in phrasing/musical expression

What am I doing up at 2 a.m.? To put it simply, answering an adult student’s inquiry about the theoretical analysis of J.S. Bach Invention 13 in A minor. At our last lesson, I had tweaked her curiosity about the harmonic dimension of the last ...

December 20   -  

Treading on hallowed ground: the challenge of maintaining fine pianos after a personal tragedy

Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten) : I kept this controversial blog topic in my back pocket for safe keeping until a close friend fired off an e-mail with a link to a recent movie review of Pianomania: From IMDB: ...

December 20   -  

Piano Maintenance: 48 hours of pain and anguish!

What was seemingly a straightforward search and destroy mission surrounding a clicking note, mushroomed suddenly into a PSTD level catastrophe. Pianists, so viscerally tied to their beloved musical partners, can be catapulted over the edge when ...

December 18   -  

The mystery of NOTE CLICKING B is solved!

Here’s a snatch of the bug that invaded Steinway M (1917) as long desired, drought-relieving rains encapsulated the piano for days. (Were weather changes the cause of an uninvited guest seeking sanctuary between hammers, in finite action ...

December 18   -  

Piano Technique: Practicing 4 varieties of detached notes

This evening Big Mike, whose hands are impressively large, finessed various types of staccato. He proved that elasticity is more influential than finger length (and related) in producing clearly articulated notes in diverse colors. We started with a B ...

December 16   -  

A Piano Gym Workout in Staccato before J.S. BACH

The Piano Fitness Club was in full swing as a well-prepared adult student and I romped through C# minor scales (3 forms) and B Major Arpeggios. Shaping detached notes in piano to forte dynamic ranges was the focus of a quick-paced hour. The B-Major ...
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