Monthly Archives: October 2013

Compared to What?

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“Compared to what?” “It’s not good enough,” I say when my practicing isn’t going well. “It’s not ready yet,” says […]


Etude a Day Challenge Wrap-up

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Last month I launched my first “Etude a Day Challenge.” The participants were challenged to play through one etude a […]


The Third Stage of Memorization

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Memorizing music is a long process. Once most people have passed the first two stages, they think they are done. […]


Weird Music Teacher Tips

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No, not tips for weird music teachers. Just some offbeat ideas to help with those difficult music lessons. Your student […]


Are You a Good Listener?

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Here’s a thought for the day: Music is about listening. Ok, so it’s not earth-shattering news, but sometimes we get […]


Why Memorization is a Poor Substitute for Note Reading

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Do you memorize instead of reading the notes? If so, you’re not alone. Many people do this believing it is […]


Happy birthday, Camille Saint-Saëns!

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Charles-Camille Saint-Saëns  (October 9, 1835 – December 16, 1921) Today I would like to honor the birthday of composer Camille […]


How is Your Alberti Bass?

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How is your Alberti bass? This familiar bass pattern is named after the Venetian composer and singer Domenico Alberti (c. […]


Pre-Holiday Performance Checklist

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It’s still nearly a month until Halloween, but it’s not too soon to begin planning for your holiday performances. In […]


Does Your Audience Like You?

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“But how do you make an audience like you?” I really thought I had heard wrong. I was at a […]