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Hubert the Rigid

Rigid Hubert http://www.shoulderdoc.co.uk/images/uploaded/sternoclavicular%20joint.jpg How many joints control the position of the hand? Wrist, elbow, shoulder, sterno-clavicular. (Ans.: 4.) reach over. if inadequate, lean over (but uncomfortable), or scootch over (but awkward, possibly slow, possibly noisy esp. The Old Lady asked me… (so she’s me and I’m S.O.)

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Piano Sound

When I talk about the sound of various pianos–Boesendorfer, Kawai, Steingraeber, Yamaha, Steingraeber, Bluethner, Bechstein, Steinway (NY or Hamburg)–no one challenges my comments. (Perhaps they should, but they don’t.) And when I teach my piano students to make exquisite adjustments of their tone to heighten musical meaning, they and I agree that the playing sounds […]

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STOP!

So simple it sounds silly: At a random time during practice, STOP! Ask yourself,

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4 Things to Say

If I had only 4 things to say: (1) The sound is the goal: To hear it objectively, record yourself. (2) To interpret a score is to recreate an object from its shadow. (3) A work of art is a machine with an esthetic purpose. (4) We learn what we do, not what we say […]

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Welcoming the Gifted?

Contrary to what many assume, teachers don’t necessarily welcome

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Almost Magic

Occasionally, something happens in teaching that seems a bit like magic, and may lighten the texture of the lesson from

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Texas Comparisons

“You play the Moonlight ver-ry good, young man, very good.” The old man’s New York accent stood out in the Texas crowd that had just given the Beethoven a standing ovation; and his Adam’s apple stood out from his throat as he continued, “I have Horowitz’s record of it. You play it very good, but […]

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Aphorisms 3

All that occurs, occurs through the student. Teach the student who’s in front of you. 


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22nd Century Conservatory

INTEGRATING mind & heart, science & art, intention & performance, technique & musicality, town & gown, rich & poor, culture high & popular.

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The Piano As a Tool

Why is it not fussiness or affectation for a pianist to try to assure that he or she has the finest piano in the finest condition for each

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