Sunday, August 29, 2010

Arts Alive - August 28, 2010

Arts Alive - August 28, 2010
Shakespeare in the Vine -- this is a great podcast with Sheila Ryle - good luck to Macbeth!!!!

Steinway Society of Riverside County

Steinway Society of Riverside County: "2010 Festival Winners"

Ranen Unger Hicks Junior Winner 2010 will be performing November 14. Please, enjoy his performance.

Pianists demonstrate accomplishments

I am happy to announce that we could publish a few words in The Californian on 8/22/2010. Everyone worked very hard to get this far. It is nice to see the local news acknowledge our young pianists.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Now on Kindle: Major and Harmonic Minor Scales, The Way I Teach Them… using Fingering Charts

If you are looking for a great book, available on Kindle, that teaches about learning, practicing all Major Scales and the parallel harmonic Minor Scales, look no further. If you are looking for results, if you want to really get through the wall of scales, here is a manual for you.

The fingering Charts use large numbers for the finger numbers and large letters for the notes (no note symbols, only letters), so you can relax into paying attention to your technique, curving the fingers and working pulse with the metronome. The many chapters describe the structure of scales in detail in an easy to comprehend language. Technique and how to relax into the keys is also covered; how to play without error; how to train your mind to get from the very beginning to accomplished sounding scales. Scales are the foundation of playing piano. They train both sides of the brain and co-ordination. When you start reading notes, your fingers are already trained and the reading translation – playing process is greatly facilitated.

Over the last 10 years, my students accumulated over 500 gold medals (I stopped counting) – but we just recently had 26 in the Guild auditions and everyone had to perform scales. And this is how I could take my students through these exams. These practice instructions work with any students, any level and skill.

Please, enjoy this book:

Major and harmonic Minor Scales, The Way I Teach Them... Using Fingering Charts