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Playing the piano like a singer

The J.C. Bach Prelude in A minor begs for a fluid “singing” tone through its progression of rolled out broken chords that have a melodic thread fleshed out by finger 5. Rounding out these uppermost destination notes is a challenge … Continue reading

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A Peak teaching and learning experience!

Piano teachers may complain about students who hardly practice, or come to lessons with a truckload of excuses, but the times we savor are when everything seems to click. Tonight, I had a lesson with an adult student who announced … Continue reading

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CELEBRATING Adult piano students!

I sent a few questions to adult students and this is the first of many responses I will be posting. A video of a lesson in progress is a point of reference: The pupil is working on J.C. Bach’s Prelude … Continue reading

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A relevant sequence of pieces for an Intermediate piano student

One of my adult pupils is deeply embedded in J.C. Bach’s Prelude in A minor which is a soulful outpouring of broken chords with patterns and symmetries built into its harmonic fabric. Yet through a sequence of secondary dominants that … Continue reading

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Piano Study: Learning in deep layers and loving it

Deep-layered learning should occur at all levels of piano study because it enriches the music-making experience. Taking shortcuts, and constantly reading through a composition, skimming the surface, deprive the player of being in touch with himself and the composer at … Continue reading

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An Adult Piano Student’s Epiphany

Yesterday, I was greeted by the following riveting e mail: “I’m so excited that I’m beginning to understand scale degrees. “Can’t wait to be back at the piano to practice. Return late tonight.” The adult student, into her 4th year … Continue reading

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Skype Lesson- in-Progress: It works!

Skyped piano lessons are the wave of the future. Continue reading

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Piano Technique: The Spongy Wrist is a great shock absorber and singing tone supporter

Rina, age 5, and Emily, 13, both learned about the supple wrist and how it nurtures a beautiful singing tone at the piano. Continue reading

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Using piano repertoire as a springboard for a theory lesson: Major, minor and Diminished Chords (Videos)

One of my adult students is working on the gorgeous J.C. Bach Prelude in A minor which has a second page full of “Major,” “Minor” and “Diminished” chords. The sonorities progress in sequences, but they also have a secondary dominant … Continue reading

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Early Intermediate Piano Repertoire: One of my favorite pieces to teach and play, J.C. Bach’s Prelude in A Minor (Video)

Randall and Nancy Faber come through with flying colors by including J.C. Bach’s Prelude in A minor in their Developing Artist Series Album, Early Intermediate Level. (Playing the Haddorff piano with its honey-dipped tone) This particular composition, sounding Baroque, but … Continue reading

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