Moonlight Sonata

Is there a piano piece that is more well-known than the first movement of the Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven? Well, maybe. But, Moonlight Sonata is right up there at the top of the list. Even people who don’t know or like classical music like this piece. And almost everyone who plays the piano at Continue reading “Moonlight Sonata” »

Yiruma 이루마 – River Flows In You

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” »

Yup, We’re Different!

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!” »