I teach many adults who are picking it back up later in life. Realising their dream to play Classical, Jazz, Blues, or Boogie Woogie with style and panache. Not to forget the few who want to play in a band.
Why do they restart? Beauty.
Regardless of why they quit, everyone returns filled with high hopes and noble intentions. I welcome them all to the studio where lessons are giving guilt free. And, enthusiasms are supported and encouraged.
Here is some of the titles they are currently working on.
Keys to Playing beautifully?
Some random thoughts.
One hour a day. What can be accomplished? With a good plan, lots.
1. Warm up
3. Sight reading
4. Repertoire development
5. Reviewing completed material
Warm up: Best advice I ever got? Go for a brisk walk before practice. Work up a sweat. Then your brain will be ready to work.
Technique: Slowly with a lovely tone, play some scales, chords, and arpeggios. What ever the teacher assigned. Play with joy.
Sight reading: Good sight readers just play the piano, like you can read a book. A skill that can be learned with practice.
Repertoire development: Attack those pesky bits in your new pieces.
Away from the piano? Listen to the music you want to play. Go to concerts, be inspired.
Today I've posted a slightly tongue-in-cheek of random thoughts on practicing.
revised July 2023
What are the take aways for students?
I'm off to Louisville. I'm quite excited about the trip. I expect it will be a great learning experience and hang.
I'm rooming with my former Berklee College of Music professor and adviser Andy Jaffe. I expect to meet lots of folks from my musical past there including Ed Soph, Bobby Shew, and lots of Berklee folks.
I will be posting details of the workshops and concerts here over the next couple of days. Drum workshops will be posted on my drum blog. Have a look here: Drum blog
Piano inspiration of the week is found here: Pianist magazine.
Ninety six instructional videos on the fine art of classical and jazz piano.
I have new recordings of myself playing drums in the Toronto band "Jakes not here" on the hear me button. Jazz and Blues fun, found at the bottom of the page.
You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail.
I'm a professional pianist and music educator in West Toronto Ontario. I'm also a devoted percussionist and drum teacher.