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“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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Choosing a Piano Teacher

Choosing a teacher for your child  … or for yourself … is the single most important decision you’ll ever make to assure you’ll learn quickly and correctly.  And above all, that music will become a permanent joy in your child’s … Continue reading

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Parents and Piano Recitals

By now my loyal readers should be well ware of my feelings regarding piano recitals. But search tags leading readers to this site, repeatedly show people inquiring about those  recitals.  I’ve had queries about suitable piano pieces, how to prepare … Continue reading

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Metronome … Yes or No?

Metronome … Yes or no? Fifty years ago, this question would probably never have been broached.  The familiar little wooden pyramid was an almost ubiquitous accessory to the piano and the beginning student was introduced to it very quickly.  And … 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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The Classical Typewriter

. . This is a delightful bit of whimsy.  The music was originally written in 1950 by Leroy Anderson as an orchestral score but gained huge popularity after Jerry Lewis’s brilliant and wickedly funny pantomimed performance in  “Who’s Minding the Store” … 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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