Category Archives: wordpress.com

Piano Lessons: An adult beginner is progressing nicely!

Peter, originally from Sweden and in the technology field, is a poster child (substitute in adult) for slow and steady, layered practicing. In just three or so months, he’s developed a singing tone along with a cohesive pulse. (Thank goodness … Continue reading

Posted in piano addict, wordpress.com | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The funniest adult piano student confessions

1) I couldn’t get to the piano this week because of my constipated cat. 2) I can’t play the Bb scale because it gets all “gummed up.” (????) 3) The cleaning lady was vacuuming the piano, inside and out. 4) … Continue reading

Posted in wordpress.com | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Piano Technique: Staying CONNECTED while playing staccato

I’ve picked the B Major Scale with 5 sharps distributed through double and triple black note sequence, to demonstrate wrist, forearm, and finger staccato. In these forays through detached notes, I emphasize how to stay “in touch” and not lose … Continue reading

Posted in classissima.com, wordpress.com | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Romp through F# Major scales and arpeggios

F# Major, from a certain perspective, happens to be one of the easier scales to play because it falls into patterns of triple black and double black keys with thumbs meeting in between. In fact, both hands have mirror fingers … Continue reading

Posted in classissima, F# Major scale, piano technique, scales and arpeggios, wordpress.com, you tube, youtube.com | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The funnies of finding the right piano student

Ever heard of takelessons.com or related web links that hook up teachers and students? It’s like Match.com when it comes to a mountain of challenges. Here’s an On SITE sample where a music teacher BIDS for a job, like a … Continue reading

Posted in piano instruction, South Carolina, wordpress.com | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments

Piano Technique: Picking up Arpeggio Speed with blocked and unblocked note groupings

I uploaded two videos today that focus on practicing strategies for playing brisk paced arpeggio (G Major). The first is an after hours tutorial that I recorded by FACETIME SCREEN RECORD. The screen, framed by Millennium technology art nouveau, features … Continue reading

Posted in FACETIME, piano tutorial, wordpress.com | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Simone Dinnerstein at Dewing Recital Hall: A Crusade for a better piano

Simone Dinnerstein, Pianist Friday, Jan.31, 2014 DEWING RECITAL HALL Mills College Oakland, California *** It’s sad that what’s most memorable about a concert is a piano not performing satisfactorily for a gifted, invited performer. Simone Dinnerstein, known for her self-funded … Continue reading

Posted in classissima.com, Kinderszene by Schumann, Kinderszenen by Schumann, Oakland California, piano addict, wordpress.com | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Celebrating Mozart’s Birthday with his music

  ***

Posted in Classical era, classissima.com, Journal of a Piano Teacher from New York to California, piano, Rondo Allegretto K. 545 by Mozart, Sonata, Sonata in, Sonata in C K. 545 by Mozart, Sonata in G K. 283, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, word press, wordpress.com, youtube.com | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Favorite Tchaikovsky piano pieces and their pedagogical value

I made a promise to myself well before the New Year, that I would learn one new Tchaikovsky composition each day from the composer’s Op. 39 Children’s Album. (24 tableaux) Not that I’m recommending to piano students that they assimilate … Continue reading

Posted in Brigitte Engerer, music, piano pedagogy, Piano Street, Rada Bukhman, word press.com, wordpress, wordpress.com, you tube video, you tube.com, yout tube | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Tchaikovsky and his solemn chorale

Last night I discovered one of the most gorgeous hymns composed in the Romantic genre. It is Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “In the Church,” Op. 39, a perfect segue way to Christmas. My diverse journey through the composer’s Children’s Album has … Continue reading

Posted in wordpress.com | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment