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 […]

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 […]

working on a new piece and while trying to balance left hand and right hand, i’m reminded of the the effort involved trying to train one’s mind or the assumption […]

Sometimes new students asked her if she could just show them her secrets, like how does she play that passage or how does she make that technique work. It automatically […]

maybe it would be called a 12th chord. the cool sound that joni mitchell uses throughout court and spark is done by playing a 5th in the left hand and […]

Elizabeth Fischer scared me when I heard Animal Slaves in the 80s. Scared me in a way I rather liked, like first time hearing Pere Ubu or Klaus Nomi. Would […]

Zen story about a monk in the 9th century that came upon a piano in the forest and wrote a song about the fact that everything is actually either physical […]

it isn’t like they lean to left foot or right foot. each hop dual intention, one command. feels familiar maybe from improvisations.¬†watching a starling hopping on the ground.