High notes

I was listening to Minnie Riperton during an interview of her daughter on Fresh Air last week and it got me thinking about all the hoopla about her high notes in that song. I’m pretty sure that she topped out at a high G (G6) using her whistle register. Here’s the video, for your reference.Continue reading “High notes”

The importance of listening to great pianists

Recently, I had a lesson with an adult student who was returning to the piano after a long respite from formal study.  She had kept up her skills by sight reading, so we didn’t have to remake the wheel, so to speak, when she started with me.  She’s strongly drawn to Romantic pieces, so IContinue reading “The importance of listening to great pianists”

One of my favorite pieces; Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2

Specifically, I love the first movement.  Unfortunately, my hands are small (can barely reach an octave) and my teacher in high school wouldn’t let me play things that I couldn’t reach, so this was out of the question for me.  I know, I know.   Alicia de la Rocha had small hands and still managedContinue reading “One of my favorite pieces; Prokofiev Piano Concerto No. 2”

Child “prodigies”

Just read an interesting article from this guy: Dr. Winters received his Doctor of Music from Northwestern University, and also holds the B.M. and M.M. in piano performance from Indiana University. His background includes teaching college-level piano, arts administration at two universities, and extensive performing experience as solo pianist and accompanist. As an operatic baritone,Continue reading “Child “prodigies””

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