Category Archives: Piano Learning Tricks

“Lang Lang it … Get an Attitude!”

  “Just Lang Lang it  … get an attitude!” Every time I shout this “code” for energy and emotion to discourage a lackluster performance by a student who is either bored or adhering too strictly to standards of posture, counting … Continue reading

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Those Pesky Dotted Notes

  “No no, dear … it’s One … Two and    …..   One Two and    …..   the dot comes on the second beat.” The teacher repeats this several times.   We demonstrate it a couple of times more. … Continue reading

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Cleaning Up Your “Presto”

You’ve been practicing a piece for several months and know every note.   You’ve brought it up to speed and even memorized it.  But there are still some sections … usually the faster ones … which are “murky”.  The notes … Continue reading

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Piano Exercises … Yes or No

Scales and arpeggios.   Schmitt, Plaidy, Pischna, and Hanon …  the list is a daunting one and almost every teacher is familiar with the task of administering this “medicine” to all her students.  Those fingers must be strengthened and evenness … Continue reading

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Zee Ped-ALL … Take zee foot off zee PedALL

. Get zee foot off zee ped-all   … Zee Ped-ALL   …  Too much Ped-ALL … In over a decade of studying music, under a panoply of instructors, ranging from my first gentle and encouraging teacher, to the dynamic and often … Continue reading

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