piano technique

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My Left Hand

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. »

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The Language of Music

Music theory is the grammar, punctuation, and vocabulary of the language of music. An amateur pianist discovers meaning in Mozart through studying theory. »

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Bottoms-Up with Sight-Reading

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. »

That’s Pearls to My Ears

Improving piano technique doesn't have to mean practicing boring scales and exercises. Disguised as repertoire, Burgmüller's studies make the work fun. »

The Shape of Scales in Adult Piano Lessons

The Shape of Scales in Adult Piano Lessons

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. »

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A Score Without the Piano in Adult Lessons

The piano score can be useful while you're not even at the piano bench. Reading the sheet music like a book leads to greater comprehension of a piece. »

No Pedal Please: A New Approach in Adult Piano Lessons

No Pedal Please: A New Approach in Adult Piano Lessons

When Nancy M. Williams realized she was overusing the damper pedal to mask other weaknesses in her piano playing, she decided to practice without it. »

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The Case of the Extended Pinky

In adult piano lessons, Nancy M. Williams realizes her pinky finger sticking out signals weakness. Scales help her strengthen muscles and improve technique. »

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Adult Piano Student Strangles Burgmuller’s Pastorale

Here is Burgmuller’s Pastorale, Opus 100, Number 3, performed by yours truly at her adult piano lesson, in all its straightjacketed glory. I recently experienced, in my study of Burgmuller’s Pastorale... »

Students of Adult Piano Lessons: Fraidel Leah Kletter, a Profile in Perseverance

Students of Adult Piano Lessons: Fraidel Leah Kletter, a Profile in Perseverance

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.  Our first student of adult pian... »

Chopin: Pianist and Teacher – Valuable Read for Students of Adult Piano Lessons

Chopin: Pianist and Teacher – Valuable Read for Students of Adult Piano Lessons

It seems to me that you don’t dare to express yourself as you feel.  Be bolder, let yourself go more.  Imagine you’re at the Conservatoire, listening to the most beautiful performance in the world.  M... »

Adult Piano Lessons: Practicing Trills with a Metronome (2 of 2)

In the second part of an article about how to practice trills with a metronome, this adult piano student finds out the steps to improving her technique. »

Adult Piano Lessons: Practicing Trills with a Metronome (1 of 2)

A student of adult piano lessons considers whether or not to use a metronome to improve her technique in playing trills, in this first part of the article. »

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I Finally Admit I’m Powerless with Trills

A student of adult piano lessons was ashamed to admit she didn't know how to properly execute the trills in a Chopin nocturne, but these simple tips helped. »