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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Repeat Repeat and REPEAT!

. Yesterday I found myself woefully entangled in a contemporary fugue with complicated fingering.  It apparently was composed on MuseScore using an electronic sound device which was erroneously labeled as an  “accoustic piano”.  This horrible digital instrument merely recorded and spit back the appropriate notes in … Continue reading

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