Tuning in

Sometimes I feel like I need to be a psychic at my weekly lessons. Sometimes I feel like I should just go see one. I will say this: if you don’t understand what’s going on in the mind of your student and even their parents you are probably going to be in for some uglyContinue reading “Tuning in”

Changing the game

Here we go again.  Another lesson starts with my 9 year old student Matt, who blurts out before I can say hello that he’s had an awful week of practicing because he’s been playing a lot of video games this week. “Really?” I ask. “Ya, so my wrist really hurts.” ‘Interesting’ I thought. Not evenContinue reading “Changing the game”

Dracula and Injury avoidance…. is your technique a Pain in the Neck?

“No Pain No Gain” is a motivating phrase to your average vampire. It’s just an occupational hazard that the pain is someone else’s problem. For a pianist, “No pain no Gain” should NOT BE an occupational hazard… EVER! We all know that pain is never a good sign when we are practicing, right? Did youContinue reading “Dracula and Injury avoidance…. is your technique a Pain in the Neck?”

How to stay at P-E-A-K performance level! (Practice Made Perfect!)

Actually, there is a reason it happens. Your brain gets bored. You need to wake it up again when you practice, so here are some tips which have helped many of my students to avoid these problems and keep pieces in tip top shape: