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 ABILITY TO “SHAPE” PHRASES.

March 2, 2017

Originally Posted on Facebook on 2.23.16

In a previous post we showed:

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Beginners: AT WHAT EXACT MOMENT SHOULD THE TEACHER CORRECT A STUDENT’S “WRONG” NOTE?

March 1, 2017

Originally posted on Facebook on 2.27.16

The duration in time between when a student makes an error and when the teacher points it out, is not a constant but a variable; a finely tuned variable that is correct for the particular student.

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SCALES.  AND HOW ONE HAND HELPS THE OTHER.

March 1, 2017

Originally published on Facebook on 2.21.16

The principle at work here is that of creating in our body the replication of a sensation that it previously experienced.

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Basic Advice regarding ensemble playing: Part Two

March 1, 2017

Originally published on Facebook on  2.15.16

 

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Basic Advice regarding ensemble playing: Part One of Two

March 1, 2017

Originally published on Facebook on 2.14.16

The ease or difficulty in remaining together with your partner varies with the difference in the timbre of your instruments. The greater the difference in the timbres the more challenging the task. But there is an alarmingly simple way around this. Let’s use as an example that I am playing piano and my friend is playing cello.

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