If typical arpeggios make the piano sound like a harp, "wavy arpeggios" sound like sparkling chandeliers - an awesome effect to learn and sound dazzling on the piano!
Would you like to unlock the secrets of what makes music work the way it does to move our hearts? The key to begin unlocking those secrets begins with learning your scales.
"Sight Reading" is probably one of the most useful - and most neglected - skills that any pianist at any level needs to have. So how do you learn how to sight read piano music?
In this episode, Mrs. Sokoloff talks about the miracle of how she started teaching at Curtis in 1936 (while still a student herself).
My beloved piano teacher, Eleanor Sokoloff is 100 years young and still teaching actively at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia. Mrs. Sokoloff has trained some of the top pianists in the classical world during her 79 years of teaching.
One of my online students asked me how to practice the piano when she's traveling away from her instruments. Since I'm stuck in my hotel room in Miami, I came up with some great exercises for keeping your fingers in shape without a piano. I think you'll find these exercises challenging and fun!
My Online Popular Piano School opens today! To celebrate, here's a 7 minute lesson on "Carol of the Bells".
Using the damper pedal (the far right pedal on acoustic and electronic pedals) is a wonderful effect for sustaining the sound of the piano. But it can be tricky to use it in a way that doesn't make the sound 'muddy' by mixing in unwanted chord or harmony changes.