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Learning how to Learn

It's always valuable to revisit a process of growing a composition to full potential, keeping in mind that self-imposed progress deadlines are in opposition to a non-judgmental, self-accepting learning environment. In this regard, it's not how long it takes to gain control of technical/expressive dimensions of a piece, but rather, the quality of the steps… Continue reading Learning how to Learn

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Back Slide, Back Pedal, Back in Business with home-based Back rehab

It was just over a week ago that I wrenched my back while heaving a hand-held, overloaded grocery basket onto the cashier counter. (not bending at the knees) Instantly, an internal alarm sounded as I faced the real challenge of making the one block walk home. For two years I held my back spasms in… Continue reading Back Slide, Back Pedal, Back in Business with home-based Back rehab

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The Shallow pedal, Shaping lines, and links to Artur Schnabel, Tobias Matthay

This past week, shrinking degrees of musical separation led to an intersection of my own ideas about phrase shaping and pedaling with those of Schnabel, via his pupil, Eunice Norton. Norton's bio is capsulized at Graham Fitch's website, https://practisingthepiano.com/eunice-norton-schnabel-matthay/ "A student of both Schnabel and Matthay was American pianist Eunice Norton (1908 – 2005). She… Continue reading The Shallow pedal, Shaping lines, and links to Artur Schnabel, Tobias Matthay

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Technology in the Piano Studio

Since being launched into the cosmos of Online Teaching by an Australian inquiring about lessons, (2010), I have gone well beyond rudimentary Face Time and Skype transmissions. What has evolved from this student's bestowal of a gratis Logitech webcam, is a wider application of technology within the piano learning environment. Pupils (whether Online or in… Continue reading Technology in the Piano Studio

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Seymour Bernstein’s legendary Op. 111 (Beethoven)

In our 21st Century digital age of Mp4s, CD's, You Tube channeled uploads, and live-streamed recitals, it's a wonder that a performer can bridge the distance from his audience and move listeners to heights of emotional ecstasy. One such exemplary performance of Beethoven's Op. 111, delivered through a modest recorder placed beside Vladimir Horowitz's piano,… Continue reading Seymour Bernstein’s legendary Op. 111 (Beethoven)

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A Successful Piano Finding Journey for an adult student (Video)

Two days of intensive piano evaluating produced a lovely outcome. It was a partnered teacher/pupil journey through aisles of Kawai, Yamaha, and Baldwin verticals, playing and replaying them-- comparing responses to voicing, tactile/touch tone, pedal/no pedal trials through lowest to highest octaves. Our duo team effort elicited a patient, interactive stream of responses: Teacher: "This… Continue reading A Successful Piano Finding Journey for an adult student (Video)

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Practicing Contrary Motion Scales (Video tutorial)

I often use scales played in opposite directions to reinforce posture and the body's ability to lean in either direction toward the highest or lowest octave without bench wandering, or dizzying head movements. Since the third octave in these excursions is not within eye range, the advantage of a pull toward the keyboard, (even without… Continue reading Practicing Contrary Motion Scales (Video tutorial)