Joe’s Blog

Welcome to my blog!

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!

“Dissociation” as a virtue

November 23, 2021

Happy Thanksgiving

Practice notes for 11/23/21

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Notes on the Thumbs

November 21, 2021

The thumb has always been my bete noire. Always a problem to me.  Short, stumpy, ‘unworthy’ to join in with the other fingers, as in scales and chords. I’ve spent many years trying to come up with one solution after another to cope with the shortness of my thumb, “short” of, that is, putting my thumb on a rack and stretching it.

Here is what I have come up with today in the next chapter of my ongoing question to tame the thumbs.

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Bach: the E Major Prelude and Fugue from Book Two

November 5, 2021

A.B.’s lesson on 11/4/21

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A pianist’s view on harp playing

November 2, 2021

#1

What I wish the sound of the harp would be like.

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Quick notes on left hand jumps in Scarlatti Sonatas

October 31, 2021

S.E.’s lesson 10/30/21:

1. Extreme lightness of the arm. Aim for there being no difference between remaining still with the arm and travelling horizontally with the arm.

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