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A Conversation about machine and ear tuning (and more) with Israel Stein, Registered Piano Technician

I couldn’t resist an opportunity to immerse myself in an engaging dialog with Israel Stein, RPT, as he was tuning my piano. Regaled far and wide by a community of pianists and teachers as he amasses awards bestowed by his … Continue reading

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KLOUT??

A slew of oddball Linkedin endorsements instantly boosted MY KLOUT score. A measurement of belly punches on the web , it’s the latest Internet boxing arena with referees weighing in the world over. Example: After I posted a Facebook LINK … Continue reading

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Piano “Competitions”–Do we need them?

The word “competition” in the realm of music-making doesn’t work for me. Those who serve the poetry of music and view technique, not as athletically driven, but as a means to a higher artistic end can be offended by glitzy, … Continue reading

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Technique is creatively woven into the piano learning environment from the very beginning of study

A discussion is intensifying on Facebook’s “The Art of Piano Pedagogy” about teaching technique as a separate sphere of learning, versus an inseparable part of the total music-making process. I tend to embrace a style of teaching that fuses all … Continue reading

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Bias against Black Notes stopped me in my tracks! (Video)

I would have been leg pressing at the gym but for my detour to Nancy Williams’s Facebook Page. Here’s what I found: “Those bloody sharps and flats–those endless calamities of the personal past. Bah! I disown them from the rest … Continue reading

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A long distance Chopin Nocturne Makeover that might help others

It’s amazing that at 3 a.m. in the morning, I’d be fussing around with the Chopin Nocturne in E minor (Op. 72, No. 1) that I’d previously embedded in a blog about revisiting old repertoire. Either my kind neighbors love … Continue reading

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Nikolai Lugansky, pianist, plays chess and loves poetry

The nearly 7-minute You Tube interview was telling. Luganksy waxed poetic about poetry, and recited one of his favorites by Boris Pasternak. It was in Russian, but it’s lyrical lines stole the show. No translation needed. He was seated beside … Continue reading

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