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Building proper preparations for playing difficult pieces

2021-02-05T11:31:34-08:00

Building proper preparations for playing difficult pieces. Practice!  There are fewer words that sound like profanity to the ears of many children. It feels like a breach of privacy—when the first sweet and gentle mom asks you to practice quickly turns red and scary when she senses that her suggestion is trivialized. It isn’t long before we sense urgency in her voice.  PRACTICE!!!  She screams! Ignoring it is futile as you are about to learn that it is better to listen to your parents. There is no secret to improving besides more practice, but just exactly how and [...]

Building proper preparations for playing difficult pieces2021-02-05T11:31:34-08:00

Reflections on Interpretation

2021-01-04T18:06:47-08:00

Reflections on Interpretation When being a musician, you are foremost a fearless human being. You are not afraid to show your emotions to anyone as you always strive to touch the listener, deeply, presenting a different reality or times long gone. When you are performing, you are transforming yourself into an actor, telling the listener a story. How you will recite the narrative partly depends on why the chosen piece came to be, but you must always use your imagination to phrase everything in the most convincing way you can. However, even though you will express a piece in [...]

Reflections on Interpretation2021-01-04T18:06:47-08:00

Neuroscience and Music

2020-12-03T11:26:09-08:00

Neuroscience and Music Just exactly how important is music to our minds, emotions, and overall health? Should the education system consider it to be an arts subject and therefore not as prioritized? What if I say that music is more powerful than you give it credit for — but thanks to the men and women who actively work in the fields of research — we now have the hard evidence to prove the above. In an article published by National Geographic, neuropsychologist Brenda Hanna-Pladdy at Emory University in Atlanta, writes that “musical training can have a profound and [...]

Neuroscience and Music2020-12-03T11:26:09-08:00

The Etudes of Friedrich Burgmüller

2020-12-03T11:26:04-08:00

The easy etudes for beginners of Friedrich Burgmüller The Canadian RCM system for piano is very well-rounded and introduces young pianists to a wide range of wonderful composers and fantastic piano pieces. Advanced students and beginners alike have a wide array of pieces to choose from for their exams.  Alas, no system is perfect and I do believe there are some items lacking in the syllabus. I would go out on a limb to say accurate etudes are not present enough.  When we hear the words “technical piano practice” we tend to think about Charles-Louis Hanon’s boring [...]

The Etudes of Friedrich Burgmüller2020-12-03T11:26:04-08:00

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