Piano theory, practice and technique

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Decode Fast Music with This App

The Amazing Slow Downer app lets you change the tempo or pitch of any piano recording, opening up a host of creative solutions for practicing and listening. »

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How Flow Enhances Piano Practice

The author of The Positive Pianist explores the idea of flow, or how finding a state of peak joy and concentration helps us get more out of piano practice. »

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Develop a Seeing Hand at the Piano

Train yourself to sight-read fluently, without looking down at your hands or the keyboard, using these examples from piano repertoire at different levels. »

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Power Poses for Piano Practice

Learn how to use power poses, posture, and other bodily strategies to take on the challenges of piano practice, through applying principles from Amy Cuddy. »

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Tendonitis Courtesy of Mozart…Not Tennis

When an adult piano student gets tendonitis from practicing Mozart’s Rondo Alla Turca, her injury leads to a lesson in piano technique: using the whole arm. »

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Best Piano Apps for Adult Students

In-depth research and testing found these piano apps to be the most helpful for amateur pianists and adult piano students to add to their practice routines. »

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Stop Wasting Time at the Piano

How do you make yourself get real work done during piano practice sessions? The Music Journal app helps with time tracking, goal setting, and motivation. »

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Breaking the Rules in Adult Music Lessons

A flutist learns some fingering shortcuts from her teacher that make it easier to play certain notes, and finds out that other rules of music can be broken. »

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Fitting Serious Practice Time into a Busy Life

Get piano practice tips from an award-winning amateur pianist who balances a full-time business career with high-level performances, including concertos. »

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Internalize Tricky Rhythms with a Tapping App

The Rhythm Lab iPad app helps piano students learn challenging rhythms, offering a practice tool to focus on the timing of notes without the actual melody. »

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Learn to Sight-Read with a Disappearing-Score App

To improve your piano sight-reading skills, the Read Ahead iPad app makes you look to the next measure in the score, not allowing you to dwell on mistakes. »

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Classical Piano Study—via the iPad

Short of memorizing your whole repertoire—or a personal piano-butler to turn pages—the forScore iPad app is one of the best solutions for amateur musicians. »

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Listening App Meludia Teaches Music Theory Intuitively

Teaching through intuition rather than music theory jargon, the online music-learning app Meludia helps classical musicians deepen their listening skills. »

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My Clacking Shoe

While performing Debussy at a recital, this adult piano student faced performance anxiety, her foot shaking on the pedal and making an embarrassing noise. »

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The Willy Wonka of Classical Music

Stephen Malinowski’s colorful visual representations of the notes in works of classical music help deepen our understanding of Bach’s radiant complexities. »

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Best of 2015: Building a Grand Piano, Stage Fright, Trills, and More

Our top posts of 2015 for piano students of all ages: studying Bach and Chopin, playing trills, confronting stage fright, rebuilding a grand piano, and more. »

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The Gift of Arranging

Although she didn’t have typical classical piano lessons, Gail Fischler learned chords. She went on to arrange music, including a book of Christmas carols. »

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Cast a Spell with Schumann’s Album for the Young

Tips on how to play and interpret the contemplative No. 30 from Schumann’s Album for the Young, and create variety to avoid monotony in the repeating motif. »

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Playing Scared: Getting Over Stage Fright

An adult pianist who suffered from stage fright since childhood, Sara Solovitch, author of Playing Scared, decides to take her performance anxiety head on. »

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Understanding Tempo Rubato

The push and pull of tempo rubato is a tricky concept for this adult piano student, until she comes to understand rhythm through the poetry of Mary Oliver. »

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