Daily Music Goals

Today is Groundhog Day in the United States. There’s a wonderful movie by the same name in which the main character relives Groundhog Day over and over again, by some estimates for a thousand years. In the movie, he decides to take piano lessons and he actually gets really good over time. If you haven’t seen the movie, I strongly urge you to. It’s one of my favorite movies ever! Continue reading “Daily Music Goals” »

La La Land

I saw La La Land a couple of weeks ago, and I was absolutely surprised at how much I loved it! Having grown up in L.A. and lived there for most of my life, I was curious about how the city would be portrayed in the movie. I also was kind of afraid it would be a predictable sugary-sweet love story.

Well, I’m glad to say that story was really well written and the acting, superb. I won’t give away any spoilers in case you haven’t seen it. Just trust me, if you like musicals, you need to see this movie. Continue reading “La La Land” »

Piano Technique Exercises!

Get a head start on the most common New Year’s resolution – getting in shape! These two exercises will work out your fingers so that you can improve your playing of the songs and pieces that you love.

Technique exercises have been used for hundreds of years to target specific aspects of playing the piano. They range from very simple, repetitive patterns to intricate and beautiful pieces that could easily be played in a concert setting. Ever heard any of Chopin’s Etudes? Well, an etude is an exercise designed to work on a specific skill. Chopin, as well as other genius composers, took the idea of “exercising” at the piano to the next level, composing masterpieces that have become favorites of concert repertoire. Continue reading “Piano Technique Exercises!” »

The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)

There Christmas Song, written more than 70 years ago, continues to be a holiday favorite, generation after generation. I certainly love to sing and play it. So, when one of my viewers asked for a tutorial, I was really excited to make an arrangement with lots of jazz harmonies. I play it Continue reading “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire)” »