“When the doctors told me the news, my world stopped,” says LynnMarie Rink, a Grammy-nominated artist and entertainer, who began a journey she did not wish to take. “I was frozen. I thought my life was over—and my career. I even wished it were over. But in that ‘frozen’ period, I slowly began to write, […]
It’s not just the words you say that get a message across—it’s the way you say them. Similarly, in music there are many ways to “say” the same notes. Without following articulation markings, your playing could end up sounding like the equivalent of speaking in a monotone. Here’s an easy guide to help you become more “articulate” and bring more life into your playing by using accents, slurs, and staccatos.
David Hunt grew up in a poor family in Lexington, North Carolina. Like many teenagers of the 1960s, he picked up the guitar and became a songwriter and singer in a band. “When I was 15 or 16 we recorded an album,” he recalls. “We used to do all the college tours, and I’d sing […]
Most of us who play the piano don’t think about its history. Let’s travel 400 years back to the Baroque period to see what the piano was like—before it was the piano.
With so many free resources online, why would you ever pay for piano lessons? Easy. Because many of the online resources are garbage. A basic Google search for “online piano lessons” returns a splurge of shoddy websites that look like they were designed on a calculator, and YouTube videos by decent pianists who tragically know nothing about video production. Lucky for you, we’ve dug through the junk, and located some buried gems. Here are the best piano websites.
“Although we couldn’t afford piano lessons when I was in grade school, my mother bought me a John Thompson beginning piano book so I could learn on my own,” says Nawal Motawi owner of Motawi Tileworks in Ann Arbor, Michigan, recalling her childhood. “My mother also showed me the fingerings, bit by bit, for interesting […]
Nela Rubinstein was married for 50 years to one of the greatest pianists of all time, Arthur Rubinstein, but in the years after his death, her attention shifted to amateur pianists. Her husband had sometimes remarked that those who played piano for the fun of it were just as deserving of the stage as he […]