Terrifying!! One main goal of piano teachers is to teach ourselves out of a job; students should be well versed enough in piano reading, literature and technique, that they can sit down and learn a piece of music without any extra input. However, getting to that place takes work! Here are some tips for those… Continue reading How to Practice a new piece – BY YOURSELF!
I have to admit, I've never been a fan of counting rhythm. I've always had an ear for music, and could usually guess the right rhythms for the music; counting rhythm out loud was the bane of my existence as a child! However, rhythmic awareness is one of the most crucial components of learning and… Continue reading Rhythm and rhythmic awareness.
No, literally: it's "Not Di-Fi-Cult". I was blown away by this simple solution to the challenge of playing straight notes VS triplets (also known as 2 vs 3) on the piano. Essentially, when taking a section of RH playing triplets and LH playing straight notes, the first two notes land together, and the next three… Continue reading 2 VS 3: It’s ‘Not Difficult’!
Todays short blog post will be a few tips and tricks for getting those trills in tip top shape! If you didn't catch last weeks post, you can find it here; I went over the common trills you see in music, and how to play them. Now, How to practice trills! Hold that note! Hold… Continue reading How to practice – Trills
Trills! Today i'm going to go over the types of trills a pianist will encounter in their music! Next week I will go over ways to practice these, for a quick and beautiful sound. Appogiatura Appogiatura's are written as a small eighth note, slurred to a longer (normal sized) note. Despite it being written to… Continue reading Trills, trills, trills!
I was going to write a paragraph about breathing for singers, but I found this wonderful link courtesy of Thefullvoice.com, and it did the work for me! Take a quick read and watch the linked video - enjoy!
Scales: Everyone's best friend and worst enemy (frenemy?). I don't know a single person who loves playing scales, but they are SO essential for developing finger strength and dexterity, evenness of touch and tone quality. Here are a few tips to make practice a little less painful/more varied! First of all, try playing scales with… Continue reading Scale Practice Tips