Before I started my YouTube channel, I had never heard of Yiruma. I know, I know. But I promise, I actually don’t live under a rock. Anyway, I have gotten so many requests for his music, more than for any other artist. So, I’m starting a series of tutorials for his pieces, and here is the first one, River Flows In You. Continue reading “Yiruma 이루마 – River Flows In You” »
I decided to play fast and loose over the weekend. I spent a lot of time at the piano and at my music projects, but didn’t want to have a set plan. And I liked it. Back at the schedule today! Continue reading “Daily Music Goals” »
Yesterday I was wondering why I felt such resistance to getting my compositions out of my head and onto the keyboard. So, as I sat at my piano to compose, I was really listening to that voice in my head, the one that usually says, “You can do this later.”
I have heard so many less than complimentary stories about piano teachers – from my students, from other teachers, from random people who know what I do for a living – and these stories make me sad because of the lost opportunities that they represent.
Choosing the right piano teacher is easily the most important decision you will make in your musical journey. While it’s true that an exceptionally talented student will make great strides in spite of a bad teacher, it is more likely that the wrong teacher will greatly hamper a student’s progress. Continue reading “What To Look For In A Piano Teacher – And What To Avoid” »
This is a piece that is very impressive sounding, and, lucky for us pianists, not as difficult as it seems! In this video, I break down the first section, showing you how to play each hand by itself, then how to combine the hands. Continue reading “Mozart Rondo Alla Turca Piano Tutorial (Part 1)” »
I’ve always known that I’m “different,” and I recently read an article that might explain why.
I’m a pianist. And I’ve been one since I was old enough to pull myself up onto the creaky chair at the piano in my parents’ living room in Yerevan, Armenia.
What makes us pianists different from other people, and, specifically, from other musicians? Our brains work in a unique way, thanks to the demands that learning to play the piano place on our cognitive processes.
I’m not a scientist, though I do love science. So, I will summarize the findings stated in the article in my own, musician-brained, way. Continue reading “Yup, We’re Different!” »