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After answering the questions, “What did I do well?” and “What can I do differently?”  you must ask yourself, “How can I make changes in my piano practice and performance?”

The third question is one that is also often slighted.  Piano students are excellent at knowing what should be done better but knowing how to make changes to create better sounding music is often a mystery.

What are the root causes of piano music played poorly or with mistakes?  Incorrect notes, inaccurate rhythm, and carelessly performed cadences form the core of poorly played piano exercises and repertoire and keep a pianist from progressing.  In addition, poor fingering, sloppy pedaling, tempo variations,and little regard for dynamics and articulations exacerbate practice sessions and inevitably lead to lackluster performances.

It has been said that an incorrect note played three times simultaneously takes thirty three repetitions to correct.  It is imperative that notes be played correctly on the piano from the start.

The playing of inaccurate rhythms can undermine the effectiveness of any piano piece.  Rhythmic accuracy is attained with the same careful attention to detail as note accuracy.

Analyzing cadences away from the piano keyboard to determine the movement of the bass line and the chordal progression is a must.  Knowing the make-up of a cadence before putting it on the keyboard will help the pianist avoid a change of tempo or the playing of incorrect notes in these most difficult but most necessary parts of any piano piece.

Attack the root causes of poor performance in every practice session.  Make note accuracy, rhythmic precision and well-prepared cadences an absolute must in every practice or performance of exercises or repertoire of the piano.

I discovered in all my years of teaching that what people really want to do from the first time they sit down at a piano is play a song. Right now, today.

Most people in our busy world don’t have the time for traditional weekly lessons, traditional lessons in which scales and exercises come first and the actual playing of a song might take weeks or months.  They want the thrill of success in hearing themselves play songs immediately.  They want to amaze their friends with their playing prowess.  They are looking for a way to quickly master songs and then deal with the how and why of playing later.

So, with those piano players in mind, the rote pentantoic method was created.  This method is a really enjoyable and successful way to do just what many people want to do and that is to play a song on the piano today.  The pentatonic method would allow that, but the challenge remained of how to get the information to would be piano players quickly and efficiently.

Once I became aware of just how many people want to play the piano without the encumbrances of a teacher and weekly scheduled lesson times, I looked for a solution for those students.   I developed the concept of downloadable piano tutorials.

With these tutorials, the student decides when to try the ideas, and better yet, these tutorials can be viewed right in the comfort of the student’s home using their own keyboard or piano.   Never again does a person have to make sure to block out every Thursday to get to the studio of a piano teacher halfway across town and back.

These pentatonic method tutorials start exactly where would be pianists want to start with playing songs.  They do not start with the, this is a G on the treble clef, stuff.  The idea is to play the piano today.  Not tomorrow or next week.  Today.

Downloadable tutorials give the would be pianist all the information and skills needed to wow their friends and amaze themselves.  The tutorials let the beginner hear how awesome your song will sound and show the student just how to get these mind blowing skills.

The tutorials can be reviewed time and again until the player is You Tube ready. Besides that, learning to play songs on the piano with the rote pentatonic method really is fabulously fun.  So start playing the piano using the pentatonic method and play songs on the piano.



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