10 Important Memory Tricks for Pianists

Guest Article by Sofie Kay

Have you ever suddenly forgotten your PIN? It happened to me once. I was standing in line with a friend who said something to me just as I was about to enter my number, and it suddenly went out of my head. I couldn’t remember those 4 digits until about a year later! It was a bizarre experience.

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Effective Musical Learning

My article Sound before Symbol: Lessons from History has been one of the most popular and widely welcomed posts here on the Pianodao site. If you haven’t seen it already please have a read, because this post is in effect an addendum and update to that one.

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“Mindfulness: The Piano Collection”

Sheet Music Review

In his practical, in-depth article Is Mindfulness relevant to piano playing? guest author Doug Hanvey made a brilliant and thoroughly practical case for linking the two. It’s great to now see that case amplified in a brand new publication from Faber Music – Mindfulness: The Piano Collection.

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Piazzolla: finding his unique voice

Nadia_Boulanger_1925Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979) was a French composer, conductor and teacher who is notable for having taught many of the most distinguished musicians of the 20th century – including Aaron Copland, Roy Harris, Quincy Jones, John Eliot Gardiner, Elliott Carter, Dinu Lipatti, Igor Markevitch, Virgil Thomson, Daniel Barenboim, Philip Glass and Astor Piazzolla.

Recalling his first meeting with Boulanger in his autobiography,  Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) wrote:

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Relax with Beautiful Pieces

Sheet Music Review

For those who play the piano purely for pleasure (rather than for certificates or prizes) the latest series of publications from Schott Music will be of special interest. The Relax With series is aimed at intermediate to advanced pianists who play “mostly at home for their own enjoyment”.

According to British concert pianist Samantha Ward, who put these selections together :

“Schott Music’s Relax With series is designed to help you unwind with some of the piano repertoire’s greatest works, alongside lesser known pieces from the Baroque period right through to the 20th century. I have tried to include as many different styles and techniques as possible, whilst remaining within the boundaries of ‘relaxing’ pieces of music.”

So let’s take a closer look…

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