How Fast is Too Fast?

First, many thanks to my readers for all your supportive comments! I’m glad you enjoy reading my posts as much as I enjoy writing them. I’d like to diverge from the current series on the teacher-student relationship (will resume with next post), to comment on the tempos at which we play our music. The tempoContinue reading “How Fast is Too Fast?”

Your Relationship with Excellence

What exactly is excellence? Webster’s Dictionary gives these synonyms: “distinction, greatness, perfection, preeminence, superiority”. But these definitions seem unfair, since one can achieve excellence without being “the best”, or greater than, or preeminent. Excellence really is being the best you can be. We do, however, need the inspiration of good example so we can strive to reach certainContinue reading “Your Relationship with Excellence”

The Sense of Harmony

It’s been requested that I write about how to understand, find and use harmony. First, let’s look at what it is: how do we define harmony? Essentially, it’s the simultaneous sounding of two or more notes that sound pleasing together. Of course, what sounds good to one person can differ from what another finds pleasing.Continue reading “The Sense of Harmony”

Reply to Second Comment

Margi wrote: ” I have one further question. For me there is a big difference between what I can memorize for my left and right hands (I am right handed, mostly). Whereas I can easily memorize the melody I play with my right hand, I am totally hesitant and unsure about what I play withContinue reading “Reply to Second Comment”

Reply to Comment

Cherie said, “I like your suggestion to practice “known” songs on a rotating basis (1, 2, 3 on day 1; 2, 3, 4 on day 2; and so on). How many times do you recommend playing each one? I find that when I play a tune I haven’t played in a week or so, oftenContinue reading “Reply to Comment”