Chopin’s Etude Op. 25 No. 1 is great for practicing arm relaxation. However, the entire piece is long and difficult to get through for a… Continue reading A Chopin Etude as a Warmup?
When we learn a new piano piece, there is often a particular stretch which gives us the most trouble. It’s usually toward the end, one… Continue reading Making the hardest parts easier: perspective, planning, practice.
What is so special about J.S. Bach’s music? For us keyboardists it’s the contrapuntal texture which can be maddeningly difficult yet exhilaratingly uplifting. The synthesis… Continue reading Bach: The Energy Between the Voices
Back in my college days I used to start my practice sessions by going over the most difficult parts of the repertoire I was preparing.… Continue reading Beethoven Warm-up: Octaves and Broken Chords in Both Hands
Here is a tip which will go a long way toward refinement of your playing: let go of single accompaniment notes at the precisely designated… Continue reading Minding your Ps and Qs (Pauses and Quarters)
Sight reading is a very important skill which is often neglected during piano lessons and while practicing because of time constraints. It’s way at the… Continue reading How to Approach Sight Reading for Yourself or With Your Students
🎹#Piano mantra: know your maximum tempo but perform at a slower, safer one. This was a run-through 2 days before performing – Gigue from Partita… Continue reading Play through faster than at your target tempo