Counterpoint and improvisation

I found a great interview with Simone Dinnerstein where she discusses why Bach Inventions are as wonderful as they are. So I followed up and  downloaded her recording of the Inventions and the Sinfonias. One reason I did so was because as someone who teaches others...

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Jazz Piano Lesson #2: Essential Resources

Jazz Piano Lesson #2: Essential Resources

Recipe for a jazz piano lesson: Gather questions, formulate answers, expose underlying philosophy of said questions, leave space for more questions, and allow room for natural growth processes. Perhaps that's a recipe for any kind of learning process? Related to...

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Jazz Piano Lesson #1: Begin to improvise here!

You want to play jazz at the piano. Or, jazz piano, as it's usually called. In so doing you'll be moving from the written page to complete guidance from the ear. So where to start? How to begin? Well, the place to begin is at the gateway. In which case: Where's...

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Teaching the Maple Leaf Rag

Teaching the Maple Leaf Rag

The Maple Leaf Rag: Teaching Tempo and Tonality The Maple Leaf Rag. How fast? Where are the patterns? What's the tempo of the Maple Leaf Rag? Where the bit and pieces that show up more than once? Prelude I was collaborating with a new student on Skype not long ago. He...

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Solo Piano: the Audio Art Festival in Krakow

Solo Piano: the Audio Art Festival in Krakow

The piano: Where to begin? Piano? Piano? My mother's side of my family comes from Warsaw, although that's going back almost two centuries. There's no one in my family who recalls anything about life there. Actually, it took a lot of digging to learn about that side of...

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Polishookpiano from Hong Kong

For a variety of reasons the Polishookpiano blog has been quiet. But that's going to change beginning with this post. Expect regular Polishookpiano blogs posts with content of interest for pianists. Moreover, if there's something you'd like me to write about or...

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Ear training train your ear with singing

Ear training train your ear with singing

For ear training and singing trial and error is one of the excellent teachers of all time and all great jazz musicians have excellent hearing of intervals and all else related to playing music. The question is how you get there. There, being a place where "musical"...

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