Voicing and Sound Control at the Piano 3

Voicing at the piano means the ability to play one note or notes louder than others. (There are other uses of the term, by the way.) Developing voicing and sound control at the piano is one of the clearest signs of an accomplished pianist, but also one of the most […]

Voicing and Sound Control at the Piano

My “poor” but happy friend

A boy in Africa offers me a gift he made on the side of the road Everything is a matter of perspective. I have a dear friend who lives in a developing nation, and by many standards many people might consider him extremely poor.  Once he told me “Matt, I should […]


Pause Practice for Piano Technique

Pause practice is a GREAT technique to add to your arsenal of piano practice. In this free video I cover: – What is pause practice? – Why slow practice doesn’t always work. – How to correct a bad technical habit. – An example of me correcting a bad physical habit […]


Studying Piano Advice

Study Piano? What I Wish I Knew When I Was Younger

I recently had a student start her journey as a piano major in college. It’s always very gratifying when a student goes on to study piano. But as a teacher you also know that there’s a long path ahead. So over the years I’ve come up with a loose list […]


Confused by Piano Keys?

Here’s the Biggest Mistake I see when people start learning piano keys. Check it out: If you want a step-by-step approach to learning the piano from scratch, make sure you check out my Free Beginner Piano Lessons. Want to learn piano but don’t know where to start? I’ve taught hundreds of […]


What NOT to do with Metronome Practice (Tips Video!)

Hi Pianobloggers! In this “off the cuff” video I talk about one of the most important aspects of practicing with the metronome – and how it actually hurts many people (especially beginners) if it isn’t used the right way. I hope you enjoy! Let me know what you think.  Want […]


But I Don’t Want to Practice! 11

How The Pros Stay Motivated, and How You Can Too. Rarely a week goes by that I am not asked how to stay motivated with practice. Whether you’re a parent of a student, or a student yourself – what do you do on those days (or weeks, or months) when […]

Piano Practice Motivation

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. […]


Beginner Piano Lessons

Beginner Piano Lessons: Problems and Solutions 7

Today we have a new question from a PianoBlog reader about beginner piano lessons: “What was your early piano experience like, and what are some common mistakes made students in beginning piano lessons?” My early experience with beginning piano lessons was nothing too out of the ordinary. I had a […]