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!

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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When a piano sound “glows”. 2-18-17

February 18, 2017


There is a sheen that glows on the ‘surface’ of notes when the pianist produces her most beautiful sound.  It is as if one added something special that does not normally reside in the sound of the piano.  How one gets to it is a bit of a mystery.  Not through the regular sound of the piano.  It is brought into that sound from a mysterious place.  One must confidently expect it to be there, and then be amazed when one hears it.  It is reminiscent of Shakespeare in the last act of the “Merchant of Venice”.  In the passage that begins “How sweet the moonlight sits upon this bank.”  I am thinking of the lines that describe the way the stars shine: “the floor of heaven is thick inlaid with patines {patinga} of bright gold.”

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