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!

Details on Solving Technical Issues in the Chopin Etudes. Part Three.

July 26, 2019

Op 10: #5, #7, #8, #9, #12.   Op 25: #1

“Chopin: Etude: Op 10 / 5 in G Flat Major

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Details on Solving Technical issues in the Chopin Etudes. Part two.

July 24, 2019

Continuing entries about the Etude in C Sharp Minor: Op 10, No. 4

Op 10 / 4 : measure 8

What is the theoretical limit of playing a series of notes as fast as possible? The faster they go the more they approach being sounded simultaneously, with no time duration between the beginning of one note and the beginning of the next note.

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Chopin Etudes Advice

July 24, 2019

“Chopin Etude in C Major, Op 10, No 1.


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The Fusion of the Hands

July 12, 2019

A.B. playing Albeniz: Orientale


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The Principle of Nested Parentheses

July 9, 2019

In simplifying algebraic expressions, one starts with the innermost pair(s) of parentheses, simplifies and reduces it, then works gradually outwards to the outermost parentheses, i.e. the full expression.

Today, I want to advocate the opposite process for piano practicing, one that begins, figuratively speaking, with the outermost parentheses and works inwards until all the details are presented.

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