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!

The “Protean” Hand

February 24, 2017

Originally published on Facebook 2/12/16

Where is your right hand right now? Is it on your lap, is it resting on a table, is it engaged in scratching an itch on your face?

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More about the “mental landscape” of the student

February 24, 2017

originally posted on Facebook on 2/2/16

Everything that the teacher can do to gain an insight into the student’s mental landscape is of great value, and contributes to a wise selection of how to explain, how to frame, etc. the current ‘new’ piece of information.

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The mental “landscape” in the student’s mind

February 24, 2017

originally posed on facebook on 2/2/16

Thoughts re Piano Teaching preparatory to starting a blog

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How to manage, mechanically, counterpoint among three or more voices. 

February 19, 2017

How to manage, physically, counterpoint among three or more voices. 

I am speaking of some very specific techniques that the pianist can have in her bag of tricks to allow the hand the fingers to manage detailed moments in the piece in the most ergonomically efficient way, and therefore the fastest and most reliable way.

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How to manage counterpoint among three or more voices

February 18, 2017

Here I will speak just of some very specific techniques that the pianist can have in his bag of tricks.  To allow the hand the fingers manage detailed moments in the piece ergonomically.

Technique No 1.

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