Anna Magdalena Notebook and Its Technical Approach

Anna Magdalena Notebook and Its Technical Approach

Who hasn’t played pieces from the Anna Magdalena Notebook? I, for one, have. I have played pieces from this legendary notebook as a child and I keep playing its colourful pieces every now-and-then out of my need to entertain my soul. But, as you know, the,...

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When To Let Go Trying To Improve Your Piece

When To Let Go Trying To Improve Your Piece

Apparently, every single piece of music, in the historious, historical history of serious (not the non-serious) music had room for improvement. Any piano teacher worth their salt would have advocated this at one point or another during their despairing teaching...

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Questions a Piano Teacher Should Never Answer Truthfully

Questions a Piano Teacher Should Never Answer Truthfully

In my minute experience as a piano teacher, I have concluded that, arguably, there are many questions coming from a student a piano teacher should never attempt to answer — at least, truthfully.  You might wonder why do I even raise this subject in this article....

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Is the Quality of a Piano Performance Subjective?

Is the Quality of a Piano Performance Subjective?

What do you think….? *with a snobbish expression on my fat face* Is the quality of the performance of a piano piece subjective? Indeed, is the cooking calibre of the female partner in a newly established couple less than great? Of course, not. It’s fantastic. Only...

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Is the Quality of a Piano Performance Subjective?

Will a Better Piano Make Us Better Pianists?

What an imbecilic question! Will a better piano make us better pianists? Really? What a preposterous notion to even ask this question. However, needless to say, that thousands of piano teachers believe, at least subconsciously, that a better piano doesn’t make better...

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Rushing the Music

Rushing the Music

What Does It Mean To Be Rushing On A Piece Of Music Who hasn’t rushed the music before? I, for one, have rushed the tempo one too many times, especially on sticky occasions, such as on auditions, on unprepared rehearsals (on my part) and often, on culturally...

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The Neighbours Syndrome | Freedom of Playing

The Neighbours Syndrome | Freedom of Playing

Censored art is everywhere. You cannot see it in galleries (or at least it is kept from public access until for some politically correct excuse it becomes acceptable) and you cannot savour it in its natural habitats, like the gallery, the cinema theatre or wherever...

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Which Is the Perfect Repertoire to Teach Your Pupils

Which Is the Perfect Repertoire to Teach Your Pupils

Few have been the unresolved mysteries of this world; mysteries that have tantalised humanity for centuries on end: “Where’s the Loch Ness monster located exactly?” “Which came first, the chicken or the egg?” “Whatever happened to the illustrious composer Jacques du...

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How to Approach an Accent

How to Approach an Accent

An interpretation of an articulation on the piano is only as good as the successful interpretation of both its preceding and succeeding passages. To explain this in a more simplified setting, it’s like when you aim to do, say, a successful pianissimo; to do that, you...

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Real Dynamics in Music

Real Dynamics in Music

p - f - ppp - mp - pf - fff - ffff - fp - pp - mf - ppp...  … and the list goes on… and on…   REALLY??? Are you really telling me that a pianist could implement all those nonsensical dynamics on a piece of music? And, in our case, a pianist can differentiate...

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