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Everyone’s obsessed with the fall-off in piano students

I evade the firing squad at any number of piano ped. forums by sticking to my guns. I say, in some parts of the world there may be a strong Classical music tradition bound up with a formidable work ethic. … Continue reading

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Tchaikovsky’s “Harmonica Player” fits snugly between a Song and Dance

When I first stumbled upon “The Harmonic Player,” No. 12, from Tchaikovsky’s Op. 39 Children’s Album, my first thought was, “Why on earth did the great composer include such tirelessly redundant music with an unimaginative harmonic scheme and belabored melody.” … Continue reading

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The value and application of slow piano practicing

Angela Hewitt boldly emphasizes the importance of slow practicing in this brief video segment. She states that everything you do behind tempo should be molded into a faster reading as to phrasing, dynamics, etc. And it goes without saying that … Continue reading

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My Life Away from the Piano–and what the world is like in the East Bay

The spirit of Christine Bronstein’s web driven organization is undermined by inconsistent, self-defeating policies. Continue reading

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Hand-switching and Chopin (making a piano duet out of a solo)

I did a double take watching footage of yesterday’s lesson in the El Cerrito Hills. Seeing two arms, one half-sleeved, and the other firmly wrapped in olive green, made me wonder if an alien from Mars had landed squarely at … Continue reading

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A Well-known Haydn Piano Sonata is pinned!

I don’t mean to inject pins into this post, but it amply introduces Haydn’s vibrant Sonata no. 35 in C Major. Yesterday, as I diligently embarked upon learning this masterpiece, I had to deal with basic housekeeping matters: How to … Continue reading

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Respect for Piano Teachers and Business Practices

Piano teachers often deal with nagging, extra-musical issues in managing their studios as independent contractors. Continue reading

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An El Cerrito “Moonlight” Walk to Beethoven (Video)

I joined a congenial group of hikers for a challenging trek through the El Cerrito Hills. It was my first, eye-opening, exploration of the California city’s rugged terrain and dense brush. Prior to this rustic romp, my sidewalk sauntering took … Continue reading

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Piano Technique: The dipping wrist, and how it defies convention (Videos)

One of my adult students echoed a belief that has resonated for generations in piano studios across the country, if not the world. The OLD school of thought was that you played piano with a rigid, arched hand, and if … Continue reading

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Piano Instruction, Part FOUR, Beethoven’s “Tempest” Sonata in D minor, Op. 31, No. 2 (measures 55-93)

This tutorial references measure 55 to 93. The composer settles into A minor through these measures and reinforces the A minor tonic to Neapolitan progression. (A minor to Bb Major chord) He elaborates, varies, and introduces a beautiful contrapuntal interplay … Continue reading

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