I’m pleased to launch the first of my Students of Adult Piano Lessons Profiles, a series which will appear in an ongoing basis in this GRAND PIANO PASSION™ blog.
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My Debut of Chopin’s C-sharp Minor Nocturne
When I awoke this past Sunday morning, I could feel a familiar clipped breathing and tight chest from performance anxiety. I was scheduled to play the Chopin Nocturne in C-sharp minor in public for the first time, at a mid-morning service at my church.
Reentry Points: Performance Strategies for Adult Piano Lessons
Last week at a New York Piano Society audition, I learned first hand the value of having reentry points in my classical piano music.
Book Review – Chopin: Pianist and Teacher, as Seen by His Pupils, by Jean-Jacques Eigeldinger,
So instructed Chopin to one of his favorite students, Emile von Gretsch, a member of high society who also happened to be a gifted and hardworking amateur pianist.
Using a Metronome to Master Piano Trills
Sometimes gripping something one wants out of life is an effective strategy. But in the case of Chopin’s C-sharp minor Nocturne, my determination resulted in a tensed hand, preventing me from playing these piano trills without sufficient fluidity or speed.