By Terry Liebowitz
SPECIAL TO THE FORUM
The Gift of Music
“When pianos are on the wish list for the Castro Valley Arts Foundation (CVAF), Bob is our resident angel,” exclaimed FOundation President Mary Ann De-Grazia. Continue reading
The piano is a beautiful musical instrument, but there is no doubt about it being demanding and complex. It requires a lot of effort from the pianist both mentally and physically. Flexibility, focus, endurance and complete control are some of the characteristics professional piano playing demands. Thus, it’s vital for a pianist to keep his/her body in good shape by practicing some piano exercises. Piano exercises help in the development of the finger, arm and hand techniques for playing the piano. Finger muscles play an integral role in controlling and executing your desired sounds. Continue reading
There are numerous benefits to playing the piano. Not only does it improve your mental health, but it also increases your social participation while relieving your body’s stress. Studies also show that the prospect of playing the piano is essential for children to develop dexterity, and strengthens the hands of adults. Continue reading
Yamaha’s flagship music store located in Wardour Street, Soho London, recently conducted a survey that involved more than 1,000 adults from all over the UK in a bid to discover their views regarding learning to play a particular music instrument. Findings showed that 60% of the adults wanted to start learning at the beginning of the New Year, but in the case of children, the future seemed a bit bleak. Continue reading
We all know music can fill the heart with anything from passion to sorrow, however it’s also now being proven to improve the academic performance in children.
When it comes to playing piano, the list of myths is rather long. From the most popular and common myths like you can’t learn how to play the piano when you’re older to the other traditional ones like you are born with the art of playing piano and it cannot be taught. The common thing about all these myths is that they are plain false.
Here’s a list of the five most widespread piano playing myths:
When starting piano lessons, teaching the scales is vital since it lays the foundation for a pianist’s understanding of music and the keyboard skills. Nonetheless, no one can blame you if you are not clear on where to start when teaching scales because there are numerous different approaches to teaching and introducing them.
Mainly, training the scale varies drastically, and it is especially a matter of coaching preferences and individual style. Hence, as a teacher you will probably embrace an approach to scale study that works for you. To this regard, there are several methods to teaching scales; here are some tips if you don’t know where to start: Continue reading
As an adult, you may wish to take piano lessons but be concerned that no one would teach a beginner your age. Many people in adulthood are yearning to revisit the instruments they gave up as children, but they fail to do so because they feel that they are too old to learn. Nonetheless, you’re not too old when it comes to learning the piano. Continue reading
Many pianists love the authentic timbre of an acoustical piano but play electronic keyboards to be able to add other instrumental sounds to their pieces.