Posts Tagged ‘Piano Lessons’

Accompanist Clone! – Yes, Now You Can!

August 19, 2010

If you are a pianist/accompanist and you will totally relate to this video!

Really hilarious!


Danza Negra by Camargo Guarnieri

August 16, 2010

6 Easy Tips For Reading Music

August 7, 2010

Over the years of teaching and performing, I have encountered people who were often quite amazed how musicians are able to manage so many skills at once. “How can you understand all these black dots on the page? How do you know what they mean and what you are supposed to do?”, they asked.

Music reading may seem very difficult and intricate, but it is actually quite simple once you understand the nuts and bolts. It is certainly possible to play music without knowing how to read music, just like it is possible to speak without knowing how to read or write. However, musicians need to be very versatile in today’s world, and it is very important to know as many skills as possible. So, learning to read music should be definitely is on the top of the list.

If you are a musician at a professional or amateur level, learning to read sheet music can help you to be aware and identify music theory, help you to communicate your musical ideas to others on rehearsals and performances, allow you to play music you never heard before and even write your own music.

Music reading is a skill that could take sometime to master, but it is definitely doable and I’ll be covering some of the important foundations in a series of 5 blogs to get you started: “Staff”, Clefs“, “Keys Signatures“, “Time Signature“, “Pulse and Rhythm“, and “Grouping All Together“. Finally, I will be giving some further resources and websites you can use to find more information and practice your reading music skills.

Stay tune for the upcoming blogs!

My First Video Blog!

August 7, 2010

This is my very first video blog of many more coming soon! Once a week, I plan to post a video blog with different pieces for piano and hopefully some collaborations with musicians around Spokane! Please, feel free to subscribe and I hope you enjoy it! Thanks! =)

New Promo Video for Spokane Piano Studio

July 27, 2010

5 Successful Tips for Piano Practicing

May 31, 2010

Learning to play the piano can be an extremely fun experience for children and adults. It will certainly require a lot of dedication, determination and patience, but the results can be incredibly rewarding. I think one of the keys to getting better at your instrument is to learn how to practice effectively. Knowing how to practice will not only maximize your time, but it will considerably improve your playing in a shorter amount of time. There are many strategies that could be used to improve your playing, but I am only highlighting five that I consider the most fundamental:

1. Listen to yourself. Pay attention to what the music is requesting from you. What are the dynamics, articulations, tempo markings, etc.? Are there any spots that need more attention with rhythm and counting? There is no way around listening to yourself if you want to be a good musician.

2. Learn the style first, then learn the notes. Make choices from the early stages what do you want to do with the music. Mark these choices with a pencil, so it can be changed later. Decide how you are going to shape the phrases, adding any dynamics, crescendos, decrescendos, etc. Remember to keep the original intentions of the composer and within the style as well.

3. Don’t just play “the notes”; use your imagination. Think on what the music would sound like if it was played by a different instrument other than piano. Play the melody, for instance, if it was played by a violin, a cello or even by a singer. This will make your practice more fun and it will boast your artistry level. Remember, if you think like an artist, you will be one!

4. Don’t play “through” the piece every time your practice. Start from the “trouble” spots and play it slowly. Once you start feeling more comfortable with the passage (s), you should up your tempo gradually. If you reached a tempo, but still there are mistakes, you should take it at a slower tempo until you are able to play with no mistakes. You could also practice with hands separate, even starting with the left hand. Also, try small sections, slowly and with hands together, and move on to the next one only when you have mastered the previous.

5. Be consistent. The best way to achieve success in piano study is through correct and consistent practice habits.

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Spokane Piano Studio

May 23, 2010

Welcome to the official blog for Spokane Piano Studio. Very soon you’ll be able to read lesson tips, practice guides, information about musicians and composers, and more. In the mean time, take a look at my video, and subscribe to my Facebook and Twitter pages.