May 20, 2019

At the end of the day, the music you are playing either sounds good, or doesn’t sound good. Music sounds good because you are in the zone when you play. Your technique works naturally, and there is a flow to the whole thing. If none of that is present, the music will not sound good. It doesn’t matter how

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December 27, 2018

If there’s one piano issue I’m sick and tired of hearing beginners complaining about, it’s “hand independence”. The people who ask about this tend to refuse to listen to common-sense advice. Of course, most of them end up quitting the piano, but a few go on to become advanced. And still, they struggle with basic

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December 24, 2018

Out of all of the skills related to piano, sight reading can be one of the most frustrating. Wouldn’t it be great if you could sight-read anything? Imagine that you could: Play all the right notes and rhythms.Sight-read at any tempo, fast or slow.Feel calm and relaxed as you sight-read.Sight-read in a way that sounds and

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June 19, 2018

It’s no fun playing the piano when you don’t feel at ease. Many of us are told to relax by teachers who can see how much of a toll the stress is taking on our playing. This may lead us to ask “how do I relax while playing?” or perhaps “will relaxing actually help me?”

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April 10, 2018

When your piano playing doesn’t sound right, ask yourself: “have I analyzed the music?” Music analysis is the process of coming to understand the music. This may include a formal musical analysis, such as with Roman numerals or a Schenker graph. However, it may also include simple, common-sense answers to the basic question “what features

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February 23, 2018

I would like to address some of the rationale behind the principles of the waterfall technique. The technique is seemingly too simple, but every aspect of it exists for a reason. Hopefully, this will address many common concerns. These principles I will address include: Starting really fast Going down instead of up Going down on

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February 16, 2018

I’d like to argue for a concept that I believe is sadly lacking in most music studios. For lack of a better term, I will call this rhythmic flexibility. Rhythmic flexibility is the complete internalization of the rhythm of a piece, to the point where it is a totally natural part of you. It’s a

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February 13, 2018

Many students of the piano hate practicing scales and arpeggios. Big surprise there… I would rather jump off a cliff than practice scales the way they’re normally taught.So put that shit away and try a totally new approach. You can benefit from these exercises.In this article, I will address some common questions about scales and arpeggios. I

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February 9, 2018

Many pianists wonder how to relax their hands when playing the piano. When I play the piano, I do not want to feel tension or pain. This is because piano playing is no fun when I’m struggling with my body. And certainly, the music that results from that struggle is not something I would enjoy

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January 30, 2018

The waterfall technique is designed to solve all technical problems at the piano. This means all issues regarding fingering, speed, comfort, control, forearm rotation, dynamic control, weight distribution, posture, everything. That is a bold claim, I know. But, the waterfall technique is not like other piano practice methods. It is based on mindfulness meditation, and

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