3 Ways To Motivate Yourself With Piano Playing

Posted by Administrator on 5/28/2012
Are you too hard on yourself when it comes to piano playing until you almost give up? Do you lack motivation when pieces you worked on don’t seem to progress well?
Time after time, we find ourselves getting stuck on a certain activity. Piano playing seems to be no exception. I, too find myself struggling with piano practice when certain passages do not seem to progress at a level that’s comfortable. So, how do you motivate yourself when it comes to piano playing?
Here are a few suggestions to help you:

Motivate Piano Playing

How To Play Staccato or Legato

Posted by Administrator on 5/23/2012
Staccato and legato are two of the most important techniques beginner and intermediate piano students  must master. Many associate staccato with playing bouncy notes. Some beginner piano players tend to bounce the piano key by bouncing the wrist; this is the incorrect way to play staccato notes. The wrist doesn’t move. The bouncing effect comes from the fingers and not from the wrist.

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Here Comes The Bride Piano Music

Posted by Administrator on 5/20/2012
The music we’re all familiar with as Here Comes the Bride is actually the “Bridal Chorus” from Richard Wagner’s opera Lohengrin.  Although in some circles, it’s also known as the “Wedding March,” technically that’s not an accurate term for just this piece—many compositions used to accompany a bride’s procession either to the altar or from it can be called this, generically speaking. Also, since there is an actual piece titled “Wedding March” which is part of Felix Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, it’s much more accurate to simply refer to this piece as a “bridal chorus.”

Mother's Day Piano Music

Posted by Yoke Wong on 5/10/2012 to Piano Improvisation

What’s your favorite Mother’s Day classical music?

When you think about music related to mothers, you might think of A Lullaby by Johannes Brahms. Or, you might think of the Mother Goose Suite by Maurice Ravel. But many people, when asked about classical music for Mother’s Day, will pick Songs My Mother Taught Me — either the well-known selection by Czech Antonin Dvorák or the more recent composition by American composer Charles Ives.

Home Sweet Home Piano Music

Posted by Yoke Wong on 5/6/2012 to Classical Music
"Home! Sweet Home!" (an alternate version of the title) is an old song with varying sets of lyrics, some of them religious in nature (indicating “home, sweet home” as being heaven, where the singer aspires to go).  However, most of us are familiar with the beginning lines that are as follows:

"Mid pleasures and palaces though we may roam,
Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home."

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