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Neil Stannard
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Brahms Paganini Variations
    Brahms in his study. A pianist writes asking for suggestions on technical approaches to the fourth variation in this technically challenging set of etude-like variations. I use the word etude  advisedly. Everything we play that is of consequence require...
Brahms Paganini Variations
Brahms Paganini Variations
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Collaborative Pianists' Technique
Now through September 20% off:  The Collaborative Pianist's Guide to Practical Technique .  Excerpts from the standard repertoire for study. Available At Amazon
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Stories from a Musical Life
I've just published a collection of autobiographical stores. Call them sins of my old age, if you like (apologies to Rossini). Strange as they may at first seem, these stories are as close to the truth as words on paper can achieve. Distinguished young cell...
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Practical Technique for Pianists
The Pianist's Guide to Practical Technique Put away studies by Czerny. Put him and the others into a closet and turn the key. Instead, use these passages from music you intend to play—music by master composers—as building blocks for technique and musiciansh...
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Bach-Philipp and Issues of Pedaling
      J. S. Bach      My far-flung student, the one who prefers not to Skype but rather send videos with written questions, startled me with some unusual pedal issues. He is playing the Isador Philipp transcription of the "Little" G Minor organ fugue of Bac...
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Beethoven's Waldstein Sonata: Food for Thought
      One of the questions tossed at me during my doctoral orals had to do with the importance of music theory when making interpretive decisions. In other words, why bother to analyze a score? Isn't this a little bit like having to understand how a car wor...
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Haydn Sinfonias for String Quartet
     Yes, I know this is off topic. But, I hasten to point out that many of my followers play string instruments, as do I. So it may be of interest to those folks that I have been at it again, transcribing from one venue to another, which would be considere...
Haydn Sinfonias for String Quartet
Haydn Sinfonias for String Quartet
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Jakob Gimpel Plays Johann Strauss: With the Help of Tom the Cat
   Every now and then I find myself reminiscing. This, I'm told, is a symptom of age. Never mind, I say. As long as I don't stay there in the past, it's okay to visit. And if I'm repeating myself, well just nod politely and pretend interest. Jakob Gimpel   ...
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Khachaturian Toccata: Polyrhythms
    Aram Khachatrurian A student writes that she struggles in Khachaturian’s Toccata with the polyrhythms in the slow section—mainly measure 110. Khatchaturian Toccata MM 109-110    Without seeing what she's doing, I can only make some general suggests. I'm...
Khachaturian Toccata: Polyrhythms
Khachaturian Toccata: Polyrhythms
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Beethoven Op. 111: Double Trills in the Arietta
      Beethoven  Notice the Evil Smirk A student writes asking for help with this pesky passage in the trill variation. He wants to know how to practice it without damaging his fourth finger, which, no doubt, feels inadequate. This is a very good question i...
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