What goes through a classical pianist’s mind while playing?

Classical pianists often undergo a multifaceted cognitive and emotional process while playing, involving both analytical and emotive components. The nature of this experience can vary depending on the individual pianist, the piece being performed, and the context in which it is performed (e.g., practice versus live concert). Here are some of the things that may…

Is learning by rote beneficial for pianists?

In the context of piano practice and pedagogy, learning by rote refers to the method where a pianist memorizes a piece through repetition without necessarily understanding the musical theory or structure behind it. The approach contrasts with methods that emphasize understanding the music’s underlying architecture, such as harmonic progression, phrase structure, and rhythmic patterns. Benefits…

Ivory Pulse: Piano Blogs Digest – Oct 17, 2023

Discover the latest articles, blog posts, and updates in the world of piano music. From tips for learning to play the piano to insights from accomplished pianists, this edition of Ivory Pulse has it all. Dive into educational topics, explore different piano techniques, learn about music theory, and get inspired by music performances. Don’t miss out on this informative and engaging collection of piano-focused content!

Seymour Bernstein on Piano Technique and Interpreting Beethoven

In this conversation, a student engages with Seymour Bernstein, a renowned pianist and teacher, discussing various technicalities and nuances of piano playing, particularly focusing on Beethoven’s compositions. Throughout the conversation, there’s a clear emphasis on deep interpretation, personal connection to the music, and the melding of technique and artistry.

Ivory Pulse: Piano Blogs Digest – Sep 12, 2023

Discover the latest piano blogs and articles in this edition of Ivory Pulse. From exploring the importance of wrist movement for pianists to understanding piano intervals and the relationship between pedaling and phrasing in Mozart’s compositions, this digest offers a wealth of insights. Dive into the universal appeal of sad music and learn about the intricacies of time signatures. Plus, explore the hidden benefits of teaching piano improvisation and composition and gain valuable health and wellness tips for music school owners. Subscribe to Ivory Pulse for more captivating piano-focused content!

Synthetic Ivory vs. Natural Ivory Keys: An Analytical Perspective

Long before the age of synthetic materials, the tusks of elephants—referred to as natural ivory—were the primary resource used for crafting piano keys. The luxurious and opulent aesthetic of ivory, combined with its pleasant tactile feel, made it a preferred choice for both artisans and musicians. By the late 19th and early 20th century, the…

Ivory Pulse: Piano Blogs Digest – Sep 05, 2023

Discover the latest piano news, interviews, tips, and tricks in this edition of Ivory Pulse. From a comprehensive new piano syllabus to exciting performances and insights from expert musicians, this magazine covers it all. Whether you’re interested in becoming a piano tuner, learning new practice skills, or nurturing your students’ musical abilities, this collection of articles has something for everyone. Join Ivory Pulse and stay up to date with the captivating world of piano music.