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Piano Forums and The Thumb (Video)

About the Thumb and piano playing: I always receive a needed infusion of ideas from many inquisitive and creative teachers who post at the Facebook Piano Pedagogy forum. So there, I thankfully found the springboard for today's discussion. "How do we teach the thumb?" Must we be anatomical about what triggers thumb motions at the… Continue reading Piano Forums and The Thumb (Video)

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Attentive listening, singing, and awareness of harmonic rhythm improve phrasing at the piano

I notice a common thread among many piano students, young and old. They tend to play measure to measure, doting heavily on downbeats as if the first beat of each bar begs for reinforcement. Perhaps a Marching Band might fall prey to stepping through a muddy football field with over-emphasis, just to make sure everyone… Continue reading Attentive listening, singing, and awareness of harmonic rhythm improve phrasing at the piano

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My Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook favorites, and why it’s best to play the real deal (Video)

I was thinking about an adult student I currently teach in the Bay area who thumbed through her Faber Older Beginner Adult Accelerated Piano Adventures Method Book, and was instantly drawn to "Musette,"one of the many pieces contained in Anna Magdalena's Notebook. Transcribed to "G Position" by Randall Faber and reduced to a fraction of… Continue reading My Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook favorites, and why it’s best to play the real deal (Video)