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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 ...

December 13   -  

Never say never to a finger-trapping passage (Mozart Rondo: Allegro K. 545)-Video

While we all experience head on collisions with tricky measures despite our best efforts to avoid repeated catastrophes, (through careful, methodical practicing) there comes a time, to let go, and give the whole undertaking a rest. In my case, it ...

December 12   -  

Piano Technique in the PLAY-ground: Thumb to thumb swings and more

The playground can be the best music teacher. Thumb swinging, for example, to smooth out shifts through scales, is practiced by an adult student. (She had initially lost her “feel” for spacing between long and short tunnels, through which ...

December 10   -  

Melodic minor scales: The ends justify the means

A select group of minor scales (melodic form) have ENDS that need particular attention. That is, there are fingering ALTERATIONS that must be made to SUIT them, creating a better fit for the hands, and a smoother line from start to finish. (A SEAMLESS ...

December 7   -  

The argument for learning piano on an acoustic

Today I was scoping out some Baldwin Acrosonic pianos on New York Craig’s List as I have a few East Coast Skype students who are playing not-so-terrific sounding digitals. They cannot produce a singing tone on them, or enjoy the ...
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December 6   -  

The second studio grand gets a tune-up

With dizzying cable wires swimming in all directions, connected to a horizontal mounted overhead web cam, partnered with a side-mounted one, the spotlight is on my vintage Steinway grand. A second piano to its right goes unnoticed. But once a LIVE ...

December 5   -  

The universe of piano study: Too Little or Too Long on a piece

Not a bullet-proof analysis, but based on decades of teaching piano, I’ve come to a set of conclusions about why students give up on pieces too soon, or in reverse, prolong their agony, through time-warped months of static practicing. In truth, ...

December 2   -  

An Evening with pianist, Yuja Wang at S.F. Davies Hall

Yuja Wang provided many spell-binding moments in her Davies (SF) recital last night.(Dec. 1, 2014) Two Schubert’s songs that opened her program, (Liszt transcriptions) were tenderly played with a warm, captivating tone, while the great Schubert ...
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