Bass clef and left hand notes don’t come easily, but this amateur pianist finds that understanding chord progressions is the first step toward improvement.
Piano theory, practice & technique
Stephen Malinowski has created an entirely fresh approach for making Bach’s music visual. His videos break down contrapuntal voices into a digestible form.
Music theory is the grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary of the language of music. An amateur pianist discovers meaning in Mozart through studying theory.
Amateur pianist Nancy M. Williams makes the mistake of thinking piano practice with Schubert Sonata in A Major in so-called “performance mode” will be easy.
Rabbi David Posner was hired by his New York City Temple at young age. Finding time to practice piano was also crucial, so he devised a creative solution.
In this final article on how to find a good piano teacher, I describe how to make your decision after you take trial lessons from a short list of teachers.
This second of three articles on how to find a piano teacher describes how to take trial lessons, from setting them up to evaluating the fit with teachers.
To get started finding a piano teacher for adult piano lessons, first establish your teacher’s desired characteristics and then network to find candidates.
Embracing imperfection, finding courage, and stating clear goals are just some of the keys to unlocking creative expression through practicing the piano.
Enrolled in adult piano lessons, a busy working professional and single mother of two wonders how artists find time to practice, and engage in creativity.
After flying through life, an adult piano student learns that practicing slowly is the only way to really learn and understand a difficult Haydn movement.
Piano teacher Dr. Gail Fischler talks about her varied experiences with piano teachers and teaching styles during her own adult piano lessons in the past.
Sight-reading classical piano music isn’t easy, but one adult piano student offers tips for improving your skills, such as reading the bass line first.
Struggling to learn the melody of a Chopin Nocturne, Nancy M. Williams finds running through the piece in her mind is as productive as sitting at the piano.
After Nancy M. Williams’ piano teacher urged her to relax her shoulders while playing, her quest for this piano technique led to understanding of her past.
Ricker Choi performed a Liszt piano concerto with an orchestra for an amateur piano competition, and he offers his insider’s perspective in this interview.
Nancy M. Williams uses an upcoming performance as a reason to finally share classical piano music with friends, inviting them to a holiday dress rehearsal.
After accomplished amateur pianist Ricker Choi received a threatening letter from neighbors about his piano practice, he decided to invest in a quiet piano.
Alberto De Salas believes that playing in an ensemble is crucial to a pianist’s development. The founder of the Amateur Classical Musicians Association (ACMA), Alberto performed an Ástor Piazzolla piece with his trio this past fall at ACMA’s concert at Carnegie Hall...
During a performance of the luscious Arietta from Beethoven’s Opus 111 Sonata, the concert pianist Seymour Bernstein made the mistake of opening his eyes. Usually the Arietta transported him to such a degree that he played the music with his eyes closed, his head...
In this exclusive video for GRAND PIANO PASSION™, Matt Harre gives adult piano students useful tips for preparing for their performances. Matthew Harre believes that performing on the piano is a different art than simply playing the piano. “I think performance is...
Improving piano technique doesn’t have to mean practicing boring scales and exercises. Disguised as repertoire, Burgmüller’s studies make the work fun.
Matthew Harre, one of the most well-known teachers of adult piano lessons in the Washington DC area, prescribes scales, patience, and practice like many of his music-teaching brethren. Yet after a student grasps the technique and musical line of a piece, Harre...
Piano scales become much easier when you stop thinking of the keys in black and white, and start to practice using the shape of your hands.