Fall is my absolute favorite time of year, and Utah is so beautiful when Autumn comes. We have amazing mountains here, the Wasatch Mountains, with elevations up to 12,000 feet in the Salt Lake City area. We have a lot of Quaking Aspen trees, Scrub Oak, Maple, Cottonwood, etc. The colors aren’t as impressive as what you’d see in New England, especially since we don’t have nearly as many trees, but the yellows, reds, and oranges this time of year are stunning.Read More
Okay, here is a goofy one.
I am not Halloween's biggest fan, but my sister sure is! So, in honor of her favorite holiday, I thought I might whip up a fun post- Halloween Costumes for Pianists. Hope you enjoy what I came up with! Let me know if you have a great idea that I missed.Read More
Strangely enough, I didn’t actually set out to become a professional pianist.
I used to work in project management, and health insurance before that, and music was a hobby that I enjoyed in my spare time. Before I knew how fast this music career of mine was actually growing, I was selling music online, growing my fan base, making friends in the music community, doing concerts, and eventually started making enough money to be able to quit my 8-5 day job to work on music full time. It happened fast, and for the last decade, I have been running my own business as a full time solo pianist.Read More
Improvisation is a skill that will make you better at piano.
It is a fantastic way to spark your creativity, strengthen your scale knowledge and chord structures, and compose music in an “on-demand” and “on-the-fly” manner that forces you to step outside of your comfort zone. This is precisely the reason why I started my “Monday Morning Improvisations” series on YouTube. I wanted to grow, and this series was a great way to make that happen.Read More
Do you want to know a little secret?
I’ll be honest… I absolutely hate practicing the piano. I know… that’s a weird thing to say considering I play piano for a living. It’s true though, I really don’t like to practice and just the word “practice” makes me cringe. So how do I do it if I dislike it so much? Well, I practice by just playing my songs, and writing, and improvising, and just spending time with my piano being creative. I play the songs that I need to stay on top of for upcoming shows. I play the songs I’m working on for upcoming projects. I play music that inspires me to be creative and try new ideas. I relearn older songs I haven’t played in a long time. I improvise and stretch outside of my comfort zone with different chord structures and key signatures I’m not confident in. And while this just feels like I’m playing piano, I’m actually practicing and keeping my dexterity strong, and staying fresh with my older pieces.
And when I’m struggling with a piece, I try playing it really slow, and then really fast, and then again at normal speed. This helps me get ahold of the piece and have more control with it. When you change your playing tempo, it gives you a different perspective of the song, and the way your hands react while playing it. It makes it easier to play it correctly when you come back to the normal tempo.
For me, ALL playing is practicing, and the key to making it fun, is to not think of it as practicing. The more you just enjoy playing, the better! Here’s a bundle of my easier songs for you to practice with. Enjoy!