Scholarly Versus Voguish Phrasing

Scholarly Versus Voguish Phrasing

Initial Thoughts As with our verbal communication, musical communication demands appropriate phrasing to show with clarity what we are trying to convey. Since the day we are born we try to perfect the “art” of communication, both consciously and subconsciously. Humans...

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Bullying in Music

Bullying in Music

Disclaimer: if you are a sensitive individual, if sometimes you take what you read personally, if you ocassionaly become ever so slightly uptight about things you read, then please DO NOT read the following article. This article contains exaggerated opinions and...

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The Que Será, Será Syndrome

The Que Será, Será Syndrome

“If you always give, you will always have.” Chinese Proverb   A few years back my friend AJ experienced an incident so peculiar, that made me think deeply about the things that affect my priorities as a musician, and the space those things should occupy (if any), in...

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Notes From The Lost Diary Of A Piano Teacher

Notes From The Lost Diary Of A Piano Teacher

Disclaimer: if you are a sensitive individual, if sometimes you take what you read personally, if you occasionally are ever so slightly uptight about what you read, then please DO NOT read this article. This article contains exaggerated opinions and harsh,...

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The Forbidden Question

The Forbidden Question

“Alarmbells are ringing uncontrollably” driiiiiiin!!!! Drooooooonnnnn!!! Draaaaanggggg!!! “Ambulance sirens are tearing the skies in a maniacal fashion!!!” Piiiiiuuuuuuu!!! Piuuuuuuuu!!!!! “People are running away like mad, from their seats in the cafeterias, having...

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The Brain Virtuoso

The Brain Virtuoso

Claude hang up the phone. His vain request to be accepted as a student at the Jopper Music College, went astray once again.  “They're right”, he mumbled.  “I'm fifty-eight years old! What do I expect? To play at Carnegie hall with the New York philharmonic?” His face...

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Perceiving The Sustain Pedal

Perceiving The Sustain Pedal

—“Oh, I used one-quarter pedalling, in the finale of the Pathetique.”  —“Why not use three-quarters depressed pedal in that passage?” — “I did very well with this Mozart sonata. One-quarter depressed pedal did the trick.” Me: 🤨 -------------------------------------...

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What Exists Between Two Music Phrases

What Exists Between Two Music Phrases

Some Initial Thoughts Arguably, every music piece consists of phrases. We’ve all heard of how to do phrases, and how to shape a piece of music. Our teachers continuously talked about phrases and phrasing and they kept showing us on the piano that this phrase should be...

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Approaching Fingerings

Approaching Fingerings

Two questions to choosing the correct finger: Often, during a lesson, I receive the familiar question (familiar, I would presume to all of you fellow teachers): “Sir, what finger should I use to play this note?” This question quickly resolves to me showing the...

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The Piano Prison

The Piano Prison

...Or, the Dark Side of Encouragement and Motivation in Music I prefer to drink a pint of salted lemon juice, sprinkled with red pepper shavings, paprika, ample tabasco, a dessert spoon of dried garlic, and two spoons of cod liver oil, than hear the...

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