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!

Beginners: Perception of the note on the music score

September 5, 2021

Different Perceptions of the same physical fact.

A student at a particular lesson fails to recognize a3 as the identify of the  note on the top line of bass clef. However, I know he knows both where that is on the keyboard and what it looks like in bass clef.

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Externally applied forces (arpeggios)

September 2, 2021

J.M.’s lesson: an arpeggio going upwards in the left hand.

I sit to her left. Not very close. I don’t have to be on the piano bench, I can be on a nearby chair. As long as it is close enough to her body to be able to  reach out with my arms and make contact with her left arm. My purpose is to use my arms to lead and guide her playing arm as it moves rightwards through the arpeggio.

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A personal confession (though not quite like St. Augustine or Rousseau)

August 30, 2021

Is there a “Joe’s System” to playing the piano?

I am perpetually looking to crystallize the main points about piano practicing and performing that are strewn among my many years as a musician and teacher.  I would like to be able to put them all “in one place” so I can state them all at one and the same time.

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Getting a pellucid sound in Chopin (brief entry)

August 27, 2021

Chopin: Nocturne in Db Major, Op 27 / 2

Coming as I do from a world populated by a lot of Bach and Brahms, I find  this Nocturne especially beautiful, maybe because I found a touch that produces liquid, floating, and singing sound (at least for me).

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