Play Piano Today With Dr. J

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What a great practice idiom! 

start each practice session

  • tenaciously with specific goals in mind 
  • and with lion-like energy

so you can

end each practice session

  • rejoicing in goals met
  • with lamb-like exuberance



Practice Thoughts

shared by one of my students —

1.  Raise the “priority” of practice.  Make it one of your prime goals instead of getting the time left overs of your day.

2.  Don’t over practice a piece.  When I do I start believing I know it and will then lose concentration.  Go on to another piece and then come back later if you want to play it more.

3.  Have some fun.  Vary the voicing, even to extremes.  Mess with the rhythm and time.  Save a “lollipop” to reward yourself with at the end of your practice session that you can play well that will leave you with a good feeling.

Dr. Jeannine Jordan, teacher and concert organist

It is a great year to play the piano!  No better time than the present !  Learning to play the piano the Dr. J way is economical, enjoyable, fulfilling, quite easy – and best of all you can tailor my course to your pace and your needs.  Fulfill a dream, take a chance and do something bold, enhance skills – just take the time today and decide to learn to play the piano.

Give the gift of music to yourself, to a friend, to a family member.  I am not talking about yet another CD or Mp3 file.  I am talking about lessons – piano lessons. Give a lasting gift of music or challenge of excitement.

I spent the summer developing an online piano course for adults based on the black keys of the piano.  It is a rote learning course with eight tutorials and daily email and video help.  So, check it out and order a copy today to GIVE YOURSELF THE GIFT OF MUSIC this Christmas – visit Play Piano Today with Dr. J and really just do it!  Learn to play the piano!

JS Bach – a composer’s name that most everyone knows.  Didn’t he compose that “scary” Phantom music?  Well, yes – that amazing piece called the Toccata and Fugue in d minor for the King of Instruments – the organ – is that “scary” and magnificent piece of music.

Bach’s music holds our attention and our imagination in the 21st century.  Yet Bach lived over three hundred years ago.  His music endures because it is intricate – it challenges the listener to keep listening;  it is emotional – why else is the Toccata called “scary” music;  it is exciting – hundreds and thousands of notes keep players focused and the listener intrigued;  it is masterful – no other composer has come close to the sheer volume of perfect music composed in a lifetime;  it demands our attention – both as a performer and a listener.

So take time this week – explore the music of this genius, this consummate musician, this master – listen to a CD, attend a performance or better yet – play one of his magnificent compositions on the organ or piano.

I hope my piano students learn

How to choose a piece of piano music
How to work through a piece of music
How to find “the music” in a particular piano piece
Choosing an appropriate piece of music can be difficult for an adult pianist. Adults have definite ideas about the music they want to learn.  They are musically literate, they listen, they search the Internet, they buy music, they share music, and they find pieces they want to play now!  It is my job to help them discover the beauty in pieces that are within their technical capabilities.

Once the piano piece or pieces are chosen, it is then my task to help them expediently work through the chosen music.  To look for patterns, to work out fingerings, to assist with note reading skills and to make the learning of the piece a constant pleasure.

Once the notes are in place and the piano piece is beginning to take shape, I help my piano students discover the music in the music.  To play the piece more from an emotional perspective then simply an intellectual viewpoint.  We look at dynamics and nuances of phrases and rhythms.  We look for ways to be creative with the black dots on the page and ways to free themselves from the strictures of simply obeying the written symbols when learning to play the piano.

So, you are already playing the piano – you have found the joy of investing time and energy into a long-held dream – you have found the joy of sharing your music with others – you have found the joy of starting a project and seeing it through to a beautiful conclusion – you have found the joy of stress reduction and relaxation – you have found the joy of meeting other pianists and sharing your music stories with them – you have found that playing the piano creates joy.

So, now what are you doing to share the joy?   What are you doing to get more people interested in playing the piano? of experiencing the same joy as you have in playing the piano?

I am sure you – like I – have often heard the words “I always wanted to learn to play the piano.”  Well, it is time to spread the joy.  Invite these would-be piano players to your recital.  Make a YouTube video and share it with your would-be pianist friends.  Tell these would- be piano players about “Play Piano Today with Dr. J” and invite them to discover for themselves the total joy in learning to play the piano.


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  • bhundley1: I'm interested in your elaborating on the "fingering" aspect of practice. Are you a fan of Czerny, for instance, in terms of building up dexterity wi
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