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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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Little Katy …. The Second Lesson

Like so many of life’s lessons, the one taught to me by the little marihuana plant didn’t come to fruition until later.   About three years later. When my marriage ended, I returned to Montreal and my little condo.  Shaken by the upheaval … Continue reading

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“You Vill Zank me Zomeday”

It was the Banff scholarship which finally ended my father’s promise to match the value of any award I  won.   It was a six-week summer session at the Banff School of Fine Arts and included everything but the plane fare.   … Continue reading

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The Best Learning Trick Ever!

I’m going to share my best learning secret for piano students right here.   It’s a simple trick which works on two basic principles. ♥   The first is that the brain is a computer which operates with amazing precision. ♥   The second … Continue reading

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