Tag Archives: Berkeley

Piano Mania! and the Bezerkeley arrival of Steinway 1098!

Pianomania! is an apt title for a documentary about Stefan Knupfer, Steinway piano technician, who gallops upstairs and downstairs in a premier “Vienna concert haus,” trying to meet the needs of performing pianists, recording artists, et al. They demand the … Continue reading

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Patrick Schmidt sparks an East Bay Cultural Renaissance in the Meet-up Universe!

Everyone loves a self-starter–a wide-eyed visionary who transforms dreams into reality. Patrick Schmidt comes quickly to mind, immersed in his universe of mult-media explorations but always reaching out to an “international” community of creative spirits. Here’s how he describes himself: … Continue reading

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Arius 141 gets a call back during a blinds and shade installation

If this were a chorus line, Arius would be happy to have been selected for the next audition round– sharing the honor with a blinds and shade installer. He hammered away, and snapped the wood cap to the oak-looking blind, … Continue reading

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On the Berkeley Housing Trail, Eugene O’Neill Style

Finding a rental in Berkeley can be a hair-raising experience! Continue reading

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The Hillside Club: A Cultural Treasure with Three Lovely Pianos

Winding along a walking path to Berkeley’s Arch, I clutched a self-made map as a guide to a posted rental. On Cedar, as I was about to make a left turn, I stopped to investigate a house that had an … Continue reading

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Online Piano Lessons by Webcam: Pros and Cons (Videos)

I’m not about to pitch web-cam driven piano instruction like a CD package promoter of Piano Playing in a Flash. Learning piano is not in the espresso lane. It takes time, patience, and practice. The question is, can a student … Continue reading

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My pedal protector, keyboard bracelet, and other Bay area favorites

My El Cerrito piano studio has a treasure trove of precious items, one of which is the infamous pedal protector that was previously mentioned in my blog, “A Piano Teacher’s Worst Nightmare.” The invention, a rectangular prism of thick cardboard … Continue reading

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