Michael's Blog

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The waterfall technique

The waterfall technique is designed to solve all technical problems at the piano. This means all issues regarding fingering, speed, comfort, control, forearm rotation, dynamic control, weight distribution, posture, everything. That is a bold claim, I know.

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Tags: technique

Dropping your arms

The basic movement in piano playing is dropping the forearm. When I play a difficult piece, that’s what it feels like to me, just dropping my arms to the beat. Very easy.

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Tags: technique

The most basic way to play a piece

What does it mean to “play a piece”? Often, this concept is viewed as either being too obvious to discuss, or treated in near-overwhelming complexity. I might suggest, however, that we can think about this in a way that is both clear and helpful.

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Tags: technique

Seeds of awareness

A turning point in my understanding of the role mindful awareness plays in music practice occured while I was practicing singing one day. I’d like to attempt to share that experience, and the resulting thoughts that I observed in my mind.

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Piano technique made super-simple

“Which finger do I use? Does my wrist go up or down? What do I do with my elbow?”

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What's so different about a mindful approach to piano?

This is the second article in a series discussing the benefits of mindfulness in piano lessons. See part 1.

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Mindfulness at the piano

My approach to piano playing is based on mindfulness. This is something I am often reluctant to mention, for two reasons:

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13 really bad reasons for learning piano

Learning an instrument is a lot of trouble, so you may as well have some good reasons. You know, positive reasons, intrinsic reasons, meaning that you are not doing them to please anyone else. Now, what happens when you pick reasons and they turn out to be less than ideal? Hmmm….

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Tags: motivation

Is it possible to play perfectly?

Do you want to play perfectly? Would there be an advantage to being perfect? (practice makes perfect)

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Why you can't play the right notes

Here’s an idea worth considering: while you are practicing, there are certain things you can do…and certain things maybe you can’t do.

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