Articulation and Touch – Part 2

1. Leggeiro This is the direct opposite of legatissimo.  Instead of the ‘heavy hand’ the hand is particularly light. The note appears to sound slightly ‘detached’. Raise the hand in a fixed shape, lift the wrist about 1 centimeter than its usual position Fingertips are to remain on the surface of the key without dropping... Continue Reading →

Articulation and Touch – Part 1

Articulation is used to both language and music. In spoken language, we used our tongue, jaw, mouth, throat and nasal to create the articulations and nuance for the spoken words. Although articulation is not the only tool to determine a quality of a speech, but it is one of the precondition for the listener to... Continue Reading →

Practice Management

Following on my recent blog on Student Motivation, one of the key elements of good instuction is the need for students to be taught how to practice effectively and efficiently. Younger students may lack the necessary attention spans or motivations while older students may get frustrated as they struggle with challenging technical requirements. These issues... Continue Reading →

Student Motivation

In the teaching profession, no matter what subject you teach, most teachers are bound to come across some students who are not as motivated as you would expect. Through my past and current experiences, I have found this is the result of a combination of reasons. 1. Negative Past Experiences Most teachers inherit students with previous... Continue Reading →

Music Class v Independent Piano Lesson

In my previous blog, Common mistakes that parents and adults make when choosing a piano teacher, I recommended that the ideal age to attend a private lesson is 6-7 years. At this age, the hand muscles are more developed and stronger, with the hand able to span up to 5 finger position. Lessons offered in... Continue Reading →

Études & Studies for Various Level

I have compiled a series of ‘bite-size’ études for pianists from early-advance to concert levels. These exercises are the foundational to the development of technique and musicality of a pianist, striking the balance between the technicality and musicality required of a well-rounded pianist. In particular, Charles-Louis Hanon exercises, deemed to be extremely tedious by many... Continue Reading →

Études Study and Virtousity

Études, a French word for study, is an imperative part of training to become an accomplished virtuoso pianist. Études is essential practice to increase a pianist’s endurance with and control of difficult passages.  For advanced pianists, etudes like Chopin’s Opus10 and 25, Liszt’s 12 Transcendental Études, or the two sets of Rachmaninoff’s Études Tableaux Opus... Continue Reading →

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