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Offline vs. Online Piano Lessons

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 your agenda??

Most of the time, the quality and soundness of the articles on key-notes –...

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Dancing and Music

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 those competing at the top level have no musical improvisation skills at all, and worse,...

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Mastering Your Craft Interview

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 about my T-shirt! My IRONMAN finisher T-shirt is my Superman cape! It’s my reminder that we can...

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Mastering Piano

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 – mastering scales, learning to shape phrases – (I really have no idea about the...

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Looking at Your Hands

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 at my hands or the keyboard. Was she wrong? (Instruction methods may have changed in the last 100...

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Is Musical Talent Hereditary?

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 numbers?

– Neil (Kingman, Arizona, USA)

Albert’s reply: Talent is primarily about potential...

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How to Find a Piano Teacher

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 with misconceptions and false expectations that can affect their choice of teacher and limit their...

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How to Discover Musical Interest in a Child

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 to put together a “quick musical interest discovery package,” that will hold his...

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How Much Musical Talent Do I Need?

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 how to play the piano.

– Alanna

Albert’s reply: One thing that is central to my teaching...

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How Hard Is It to Play Piano?

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 the easiest language to learn to speak… poorly. The piano is the most immediately accessible...

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Getting the Most out of Piano Lessons

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 particular interest in piano lessons, things have changed because my female teacher seems very strict when...

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Getting Back to the Piano

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 year). I am a professional player, I play jazz, funk, Brazilian and Cuban music.

Now that the waters have...

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