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Shaping a J.S. Bach Two-Part Invention

Many students play J.S. Bach’s music with a typed out, articulated approach, forgetting to shape and contour phrases. In Bach’s F Major Invention, BWV 779, the tendency is to overemphasize every element of broken chord F, A, C, F, in … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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