I don’t have the usual strategies of a piano teacher, no book I’m following, no commitment to a template, no insisting on any particular scales. Just eyes open for no […]

There was a songwriter who, when she was a teenager, got a job as an assistant to a famous movie actress. Later in life, she became a songwriter and touring […]

“They said you can rap about anything except for Jesus, that means guns, sex, lies, video tape, but if I talk about God my record won’t get played”. I like […]

Teaching an older person. they can’t exactly coordinate hands together the last 3 weeks. Now I’m thinking help lies (as always) in further simplifying the movement and reconsidering how they […]

When you work at something on your instrument with your hands, a scale or a sequence or a gesture, you repeat it and repeat it and repeat it. At a […]

Even electronic sounds are based on magnets and electrons which we discovered and did not invent. We didn’t invent sound, we created instruments but did not invent sound anymore than […]

Asked the class if they ever had a song stuck in their head that they didn’t like. Mostly laughter, answers of yes. Asked why that was, some said it was […]

A student asked me last week if I thought life itself was a song. I said I could get my head around that. They said it’s like a song that […]

I was working with some kids and playing accordion. Later some wanted to touch it, they were fascinated, they pressed a note and I moved the bellows, they were amazed. […]