Recent Blog Posts

Collaborative Piano: What is it?

Posted on: October 7th, 2017 by jerry
When you think of a professional pianist, what do you think of?  Do you picture a soloist in a concert hall, up on the stage alone with the piano?  Do you think of an orchestra playing with a solo pianist?  We often picture soloists when we think ... Read Full Article

Pianos in All Shapes and Sizes

Posted on: September 28th, 2017 by jerry
When you think of a piano, the first picture that usually pops into mind is a grand piano.  But did you know that there are other styles?  Even within the "grand piano" category, there are many different types, differentiated by their size.  Here ... Read Full Article

The Piano: Percussion or Strings?

Posted on: September 25th, 2017 by jerry
Today I'd like to tackle the age-old debate:  is the piano a percussion instrument or strings instrument?  According to the dictionary, a percussion instrument is a musical instrument (such as a drum, xylophone, or maraca) sounded by striking, shak ... Read Full Article

Extended Techniques: Prepared Piano

Posted on: September 20th, 2017 by jerry
Sticking with the theme of extended techniques, this week I'd like to take a look at the piano.  You're probably wondering, "What kind of extended techniques can a pianist use?"  Keep in mind that pianos are not just black and white keys.  When yo ... Read Full Article

Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto in E minor Op. 64

Posted on: August 31st, 2017 by jerry
At some point in their lives, every violin player learns at least an excerpt of a violin concerto.  A concerto is a standard 3-movement form of music that tends to be "fast-slow-fast".  They tend to be about 30 minutes in length, and one instrument ... Read Full Article