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An Adult Piano Student and Stained Glass Artist has a dual passion

It’s a small world in many ways. Julie Orchard became a piano student of mine through my next door neighbor, Art, who happens to own the Bottle Shop across the street. But degrees of separation melted further when I discovered … Continue reading

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Honoring my “neighborhood” piano teacher amidst melting degrees of separation

The Back Story: After having spent about 30 years in hometown New York City, I emigrated to the agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley, California, planting myself and family in Fresno. This seemed to be a God forsaken place with excruciating heat … Continue reading

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An informative chat with a whimsical piano technician (REGISTERED, of course)

I had a delightful exchange with John Peters, RPT, about pianos, restorations, repairs, machine vs. aural tunings, and all that sprung from his wild imagination. For instance, John communicates an intense passion for tuning.. “I get paid to “meditate,” he … Continue reading

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East Coast/West Coast (East Bay) culture shock

Recently, I made a trip back East to New York City to attend my aunt’s Memorial Service, and the experience hit “home!” Being a child of the Bronx and Manhattan, my emigration to California over three decades ago, definitely came … Continue reading

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Piano practicing and blocking techniques

I was originally enlightened about the value of blocking out intricate and tricky passages when I attended a rehearsal of Rudolf Serkin and the New York Philharmonic. He was about to play the Beethoven “Emperor” Concerto No. 5 with its … Continue reading

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A Love story born of flowers and set to the music of Bela Bartok

It was my birthday a few days ago, and I was blessed with the gift of flowers and a plant from two close friends. These sit side-by-side atop my upright piano: Little did I know that “Roy” who delivered the … Continue reading

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The rolling wrist through Bach Invention 1 in C Major with a slow motion replay (Video)

Practicing the Bach Invention 1 with a supple wrist, behind tempo. Continue reading

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Braving the Berkeley apartment terrain and coming out a You Tube survivor!

Recording and apartment living can be at odds with each other… Continue reading

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Ensler Lighting on Solano has a musical “connection”

In a routine search for a lamp shade to fit my old Stiffel, I stumbled upon an awe-inspiring space with a musical tie-in. Continue reading

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My new home in Berkeley, California

My dreams of living in Berkeley have been fulfilled! Continue reading

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