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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.
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.
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.
August 29, 2021
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).