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Bach's keyboard music is a fantastic source of inspiration and knowledge for pianists, organists and harpsichordists. It has been a cornerstone of piano and keyboard education for several decades. This Hub takes a look at some of the works that are most often played on the modern piano.
The way a piano player sits and holds their hands and arms is critical not only to skillful playing, but also for health reasons. In order to prevent back stiffness and aching of the fingers, hands and arms, it is important to consider correct posture each and every time you sit at the piano and begin to play.
Chopin's piano music is recognized, loved, admired and played all over the world and certainly will be for the foreseeable future. Here are the basic facts of his life accompanied with videos of great performances of Chopin's piano music.
This is a short biography of Beethoven, a man with an incredible fighting spirit. Let Beethoven's example and his music inspire you! Includes a selection of YouTube clips where brilliant artists perform some of his best works.
Virtually any piano teacher will do their best to instill a warm up routine into their students. But are they always necessary, and what would be the best warm up exercise to achieve your higher goals? Is there a set task that will not only prepare your fingers for difficult play, but also your mind?
Taking the time to use the exact fingerings as recommended by a piano score's editor can be frustrating and can make the students feel like there is simply too much information to take in at one time. But you will save yourself a great deal of time and frustration if you are able to practice the music using the ideal fingerings from the very first time you play it.
As long as you dedicate yourself to the cause, I think it is possible to read sheet music just as quickly and efficiently as you read the daily newspaper or your favorite novel. This Hub gives you some good advice on how to achieve better fluency when sight reading music scores.
Your music teacher may have suggested that you purchase a metronome, or you may have heard of it, but never used one, and are simply wondering whether or not it would be a helpful addition to your piano practice.
Among the most fascinating thing for new piano students generally seems to be the foot pedals. Here is a brief, simple discussion of their purpose, and some suggestions about how to utilize them yourself.
It is common knowledge that work on scales and other types of keyboard-spanning techniques comprise integral aspects of classical piano pedagogy. But can students learn in the absence of these sorts of techniques which may prove so dull that they dampen the initial excitement about playing?
After you have gone through this list, it will be clear to you that a piano sonata can be a lot of different things - for instance a short, four-minute, one movement piece; or a five movement work of epic proportions. is. This hub is intended as an overview of some of the most important sonata composers and some of their masterworks.
From the beginning piano student to the trained pianist, piano sheet music is a vital asset to your success. There are fewer and fewer stores now that sell sheet music. So, if you don’t have one in your area, what do you do?
Today it is far less obvious than before what steps you should take if you want to start to learn piano. The new communication technologies have opened up a whole range of new possibilities. Make sure you use all the possibilities of the internet, but remember to go and have real piano lessons with a real piano teacher as well.
Great composers like Beethoven and Mozart left behind clues in every one of their compositions. Once you understand where to find them, you can have a greater understanding of how a composer wanted their piece to be played. But to be as sure as possible of the composer's intentions, you need to use reliable editions of your piano pieces.
Here are a few very basic and general practice tips that most if not all pianists would agree are among the most important for making quick progress. They are all rather obvious really, but take time to read them through anyway, because this article also deals with why most people don’t follow them and how you can become one of those who actually does.
The world is celebrating 200 years since the birth of Chopin, and every concert hall, radio station and classical cd store is full to the brim with his music. So, what is it that gives Chopin’s piano music its great power, to make us want to listen to it over and over in the entire course of a lifetime? This Hub will try to give you a few ideas about what the kinds of things are that add upp to Chopin’s particular style, and to encourage you to immerse yourself in it.
Perhaps you are one of those people who once learned to play piano but haven’t had time to sit down and practise for a few years? It’s not too late to pick it up again. The secret is to find pieces that give a lot of pleasure in return for just a few hours of practice. Then you’ll soon find yourself unable to do without your piano music!
For those of you who love the sound of piano music, but are only vaguely familiar with the classical repertoire, this article would like to give you some idea about where to start listening.
There is no reason why you should refrain from the pleasure of playing great piano music, just because your technique isn’t quite up to the mark. Here are a few ideas about where you might start with three of the most popular Beethoven piano sonatas
This article would like to answer some of the questions that may arise when playing Bach on the modern piano, and to give you some of the tools you need to breathe real life into his wonderful music.
Beethoven's piano music is undoubtedly one of the greatest treasure-troves available to pianists. Here is a short introduction to his sonatas, variations and concertos.
The piano, with its eighty eight black and white keys has long been an important instrument in a wide range of musical styles. And whether it is a Bach piano concerto or a Brahms lullaby you are looking for, you can find almost anything, anytime online.