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Piano Technique

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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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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.

Finding Time to Practice

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Piano Practice Diary of a New Parent

A new parent discovers unexpected ways to practice the piano and work on her musicality alongside the demands of caring for the tiniest member of the family... »

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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.

Classical Piano Music Amplified™

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The Chopin Prelude in A Major Amplified

The Chopin Prelude in A Major is a very short piece that offers a wonderful study in dynamics, color, and rubato. Find tips on how to achieve these effects.

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Bach French Suite No. 4 Amplified

The Bach French Suite No. 4's Allemande is relatively short, making its contrapuntal demands on the player manageable; get tips on how to play the piece.

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Satie Gnossienne No. 3 Amplified

Gain perspectives on interpreting Satie's Gnossienne No. 3, with its flexible sense of rhythm, lack of measure markings, and colorful written indications.

Musicians with Hearing Loss

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Finding a Community of Musicians with Hearing Loss

Pianist Jennifer Castellano talks about performing with other musicians with hearing loss, how her visual impairment comes into play, and why she composes. »

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Veteran Plays Piano Despite Suicide Bomber Attack

This Army veteran survived a suicide bomber attack in Iraq. Upon his return, despite severe injuries and hearing loss, all he wanted was to play the piano. »

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Top 5 Tips for Wearing Hearing Aids and Making Music

Get the top 5 tips for playing a musical instrument while wearing hearing aids, in this exclusive interview with an amateur pianist who has a hearing loss. »

Guidance from Simone Dinnerstein

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The Making of The Cohen Variations

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein and composer Daniel Felsenfeld discuss the making of The Cohen Variations, with its inner voices and counterpoint, in this video.

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Simone Dinnerstein Plays The Cohen Variations

In this video, Simone Dinnerstein plays The Cohen Variations, a piano solo composed by Daniel Felsenfeld and based on the 1967 Leonard Cohen song “Suzanne.”

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Simone Dinnerstein for Piano Students of All Ages

Simone Dinnerstein touches on inner voices and Bach Prelude in C Major in this video interview of pointers and inspiration for piano students of all ages.

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