Joe’s Blog

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A reminder that these blog entries are not ‘timely.’  They do not address issues that relate to the present news of the world.  They address perennial issues faced by most pianists when striving to excel in their playing.  I encourage you to search through the posts to find the ones that will yield the greatest benefit to you.

You can also use this list of all blog posts in order of keyword, which you can also sort by title.

You are also welcome to contact me to suggest a topic that you would like to see appear on the site, or ask questions or comment below each entry. Enjoy!

Flow, Versus a Sequence of Separate Notes

August 23, 2019

H.P’s lesson on 8/13/19 Menuet from Ravel: Tombeau de Couperin

Joe: “Our recent work has focused on flow versus the pointillism of notes.  As we go on today, let’s use two very restricted definitions of these two terms, ‘Notes’ will simply mean knowing what notes to play at the next moment and ‘flow’ will simply mean getting to those notes from the preceding notes without even the most minimal of hesitation.

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Ornaments, and the Seeming Length of Quarter Notes

August 21, 2019

A.B.’s lesson on 8/8/19 Prelude in Eb Minor, Book I.


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A Cluster of Thoughts

August 7, 2019


Getting lost in a large group of notes beamed together

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How to Physically Relax: Chopin Edition

August 5, 2019

S.B.’s lesson on 8/3/19

-Nocturne, Op 48 / 1, in C Minor

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A Chopin Nocturne; the Boundary Between Heard and Imagined Sound

July 31, 2019

S.B.’s lesson on 7/11/19: Chopin: Nocturne in C Minor, Op. 48 / 1.

#1. Beginning

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