Should the Piano Be So Hard?

“How tough should this be?” I often will hear people say “This shouldn’t be so hard” with regard to piano technique . . . so my question is always “How hard should it be? Who ever determined that!?” Instead of comparing ourselves to others, or an imaginary idea of how […]

Piano (and Life?) Progress, Technique, and Patient Growth

Another video for y’all today. Topics in this video include: Persistence and patience even though bad habits keep coming back. Focusing on one new habit at a time. Remember why you play the piano (aka enjoying the process!) Hanging out on those plateaus where you feel like you’re not progressing. […]

Common Piano Beginner Problems 2

Today I answer a new question from a PianoBlog reader: “What was your early piano experience like, and what are some common mistakes made by beginning piano students?” My early experience was nothing too out of the ordinary, by the way. I had a neighborhood piano teacher (who was very […]

Mean piano teacher

Music Studio Website: How to Make a Simple WordPress Page

Today we have something for the teachers reading, or I suppose anyone who would want to build a website. This is the second video I’ve made about getting your website up and online. (You can view the first video on how to get started with WordPress, including written instructions, by […]

Recording Your Practice and a bit of Medtner

Do you record your piano practice? This is one of the most helpful ways of getting “outside of yourself” when practicing, testing out a piece, and listening objectively. It’s also just great practice for performance, and I encourage my piano students to do is as well as use it as […]

How to purchase a piano.

Why Teach The Piano? 4

Teaching the piano is not for the faint of heart. It seems like we have to play every role and endure a lot at times – we encourage, inspire, humor, scream, calm, console. We deal with happiness and joys, but also frustration, stage fright, recalcitrance, laziness. Sometimes we are inspired […]

You Don’t Want to Miss This Year’s Austin Piano Festival!

Many of you know about  Austin Piano Festival – a great organization I work with here in town. We’re kicking off our two weekend piano celebration in only a couple of weeks. There’s so much great stuff to say about APF that I don’t know where to begin. I can […]

Austin Piano Festival Concerts

Getting Over the (Practice) Hill 2

Here’s an analogy I used today in a lesson. Use it if you think it’s any good! People tend to underestimate the power of repetition in practice. And sometimes it’s that last repetition that makes all the difference. Think of it like this. You’re trying to get a ball over […]

Practicing with Wynton

Hi Piano-bloggers. Yes that’s a picture of a trumpet on Piano Blog! I just want to share with you a post that’s been making the rounds lately by the famous Wynton Marsalis. Not only is what he says dead on and useful, it also happily lines up with a lot […]

How to purchase a piano.

How to Buy a Piano 2

Since I’m a piano teacher, I get asked quite a bit about how to go about finding a new piano. So here’s my quick and easy guide to purchasing your new piano or keyboard. What you may not know is that the piano is such a specialized and highly technical […]