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Performing and Nerves

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Question: Hi Mr. Frantz,

Thank you for your site. I have a question which I was hoping you might help with:

For some reason I’m facing a lot of nerves when performing now; I’m in a...

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Overcoming Performance Anxiety

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Question: Hey Albert,

I learned how to play piano myself, but learned the music theory before in band class. I haven’t taken piano lessons before, so I haven’t attended or perform a...

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Online Piano Lessons

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I’m pleased to announce the availability of online piano lessons with me personally, from anywhere in the world! Direct, one-on-one piano lessons online are a highly practical solution for...

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Offline vs. Online Piano Lessons

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I received a most unusual question:

Are you trying to kill piano teachers around the world?? You HAVE to know that one-on-one, in person instruction is better than ANYTHING online.

What exactly is...

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Dancing and Music

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Question: Your site is fascinating in that it defines what is very much ‘the elephant in the room’ when it comes to modern dance.

Most – approximately 90 percent of dancers, even...

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Mastering Your Craft Interview

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Renowned coach, author and speaker Rasheed Ogunlaru asked to interview me on the subject of mastering your craft. We had plenty of fun recording this video interview live:

Feel free to tease me...

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Mastering Piano

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Question: In every area – technique, ear training, reading music, etc. – what’s the progression in each, from beginning to mastery?

Say with technique, developing a mechanism...

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Looking at Your Hands

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Question: Hi Albert,

Excellent performance for the Japanese earthquake program. I noticed that you kept your eyes glued to the keyboard. My music teacher (about 100 years ago) told me to not look...

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Is Musical Talent Hereditary?

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Question: If the piano was invented in 1700 by Bartolomeo Cristofori how can people be born with the ability to play the piano without a lesson, or a savant’s ability to play difficult...

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How to Find a Piano Teacher

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Beginning piano students are in a poor position to evaluate teachers. They have as yet no yardstick by which to measure a teacher’s skill; moreover, they often enter into their music studies...

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How to Discover Musical Interest in a Child

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Question: Hi Albert,

My 14-year-old grandson will be spending a couple of weeks with me this summer, and I would like to find out if he has any interest in learning to play the piano. I would like...

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How Much Musical Talent Do I Need?

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Question: Hi Albert, I was wondering what you would suggest for a person that doesn’t really have any musical talent? My brother plays the guitar and now the piano. I am starting to learn...

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How Hard Is It to Play Piano?

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Question: Is it hard to learn how to play the piano?

– Danielle (Austria)

Albert’s reply: I think playing the piano is like learning English: I’ve heard it said that English is...

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Getting the Most out of Piano Lessons

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Question: I have private piano lessons that I started mainly to accompany harmony lessons.

Although my main interest was harmony, and in the past I enrolled in a conservatory and showed no...

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Getting Back to the Piano

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Question: Hey fellow pianists,

I need some advice for the following problem. Due to circumstances (moving, making ends meet), I haven’t practiced or gigged in a long time (about half a...

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Finding a Good Teacher

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Question: Dear Albert,

As you may remember from our previous correspondence, I am 59, an absolute beginner at piano, and I will soon be on the lookout for a piano teacher.

In your article entitled...

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Earl Wild

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I was deeply saddened by the death of Earl Wild on January 23, 2010. Often described as the “last Romantic,” Wild enjoyed a career that spanned fully eight decades before his death at...

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Dedicating One's Life to Music

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Question: Dear Mr. Frantz,

How can one get accepted into a university and study piano after starting very “late”?

I just fell in love with music and it’s absolutely incredible. I...

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Comprehensive Piano Course

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Question: Read your email today. I am a trained musician and songwriter (guitar, voice, music major at college level) working as a physician/surgeon. I have forever wanted a legitimate...

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Beginning Piano Lessons

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7 Common Beginners’ Mistakes

When beginning piano lessons, most students make a number of significant mistakes. I’ve listed the most common among them to help you along. This list is...

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Adult Piano Lessons

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Seven Hidden Advantages

It is impossible to count the number of times we piano teachers have heard, “I wish I had learned piano as a child.” Adults assume that if they didn’t...

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A Musician's Fitness Routine

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Question: I’m a music student – a piano student – and also I want to start a fitness program. Can it damage my piano technique? I mean, how can push-ups, pull-ups, yoga,...

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A Middle-aged Mom

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Question: I learned to play piano back when I was 16 years of age and I learned to read piano notes. I haven’t played in years (my own fault for not keeping up with it). Can I learn again to...

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When Do People Usually Start Playing by Ear?

Question: I know people usually say it depends on the person. Well, I want to know the average year of when a person who take lessons starts playing by ear. I know that some people don’t...

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Voice Leading and Inner Voices

Question: I would like to know more about proper voice leading. I can hear each separate voice in a piece and I can hear chord progressions, but this seems like an either/or method for me. When...

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