Joe’s Blog

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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!

Enumerating some of the Springs

March 1, 2017

Originally published on Facebook on 2/13/16

A few days ago I introduced the notion of “springs” as being something that can produce prodigious technical effects on the piano through the storage and then sudden release of energy.

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The Ear and the Brain: Sensation and Perception

March 1, 2017

Originally published on Facebook on 2.13.16

What does the brain do to the sensations produced by sound waves. Pitch versus repetitive loudness. Tone quality versus a combination of pitch and loudness. Shape versus notes. Shape versus structure.

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CHANGING THE LOUDNESS OF SINGLE NOTES IN A CHORD

March 1, 2017

Originally published on Facebook on 2/4/16

By controlling the relative loudness of each note in a harmonic chord, we are doing what a composer does while writing a symphony, and decides which instruments should play which notes in a chord: more instruments on this note, fewer on that note. More prominence or less prominence given to the extension of the chord into a higher octave. Rarely does the composer put the same number of players on each of the notes in a chord.

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THE WISDOM AND EFFICACY OF NOT KNOWING THE PHYSICAL CAUSE

March 1, 2017

Originally posted on Facebook on 2/4/16

We are playing one day a passage which has given us a lot of trouble, and it suddenly goes effortlessly. We have integrated all the hundreds of body muscles involved, in a way that worked satisfied a common purpose. Every muscle is doing the right amount of contracting or relaxing. Every muscle is causing just the right measurable amount of motion to occur in the part of the body that it activates.

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TRANSLATION OF AXES

March 1, 2017

Originally posted on Facebook on 2/4/16

Sometimes, when we have technical difficulty doing a particular series of notes in the horizontal plane of the keyboard, we can remove some of the difficulty by changing this horizontal axis into a vertical axis that goes up and down from the keyboard rather than side to side.

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