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What am I listening to?

I love classical, but I don’t listen to it often these days because it never fits. For example, I wouldn’t do crunches to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.

So I’ll open up my Spotify and show you what’s on my top 7. All of these have great melodies (as pop and house music tend to), so I’ve also included the piano sheet music if available. I hope this playlist makes your day brighter!

 

Paris – Chain Smokers

Sheet Music

It’s just plain catchy! This guy playing piano is a piano student who’s gone on tour with the Chain Smokers because they noticed his videos!

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Best Posts of Spring/Summer 2012

As we step into fall, we can’t forget how great our last season was, full of yummy pianist goodness!

Check out some of our favourite posts from spring/summer 2012, featuring lots of inspiring guests and great content.

The Ultimate Guide to Playing Piano

The Ultimate Guide to Playing Piano

Works Like Magic: Be Inspired in 3 Seconds

Works Like Magic: Be Inspired in 3 Seconds

One Simple Tip for Accomplishing Anything

One Simple Tip for Accomplishing Anything

How to Achieve Any Goal Once and For All

How to Achieve Any Goal Once and For All

The Ultimate Warm Up Secret: Surprisingly Simple

The Ultimate Warm Up Secret: Surprisingly Simple

Smart Guide to the History of Piano

History of Piano

12 Foolproof Ways to Meet Interesting Pianists Online

Meeting Interesting Pianists

“While you might stumble upon a few great friends online, there are certain things you can do and places you can visit, to deliberately meet interesting pianists online.”

Muscle Memory: Musicians’ Secret Weapon?

“Muscle memory, or implicit memory, can steadily improve or worsen your playing. How can it improve or unconsciously destroy your piano playing?”

Top 4 Easiest Ways to Start a Free Blog

Easiest Ways to Start a Free Blog

“Many readers have asked about blogging, so here’s your chance to get started right now. Blogging platforms today make it quick and easy for you to set up and start right away.”

The 4 Deadliest Practice Mistakes Ever

The 4 Deadliest Practice Mistakes Ever

“… it’s estimated that 93%+ of pianists don’t know how to practice piano properly, and about 70%+ of the time they spend at the piano is a waste of time.”

How to Get Strong & Graceful Feet – Part 1, Part 2

How to Get Strong & Graceful Feet

“If you only ever use one pedal with one foot, then you’re imbalancing the muscles in your feet, essentially skewing your body’s balance.”

Beware: You Can Be Sued for Posting Content Online

“Unfortunately, you can get into lots of trouble for posting content that isn’t your own, especially if you don’t know how the creator intends for the work to be used. How? Let me give you a little background information.”

How to Succeed With Olympians’ Winning Ways

Succeed Like An Olympian

Secret to Getting Fans: The 60-20-20 Rule

Secret to Getting Fans

God, Doomsday, and the UFO: Why Your Friends Lie to Themselves

Why Your Friends Lie to Themselves

Two Unusually Powerful Ways to Strengthen Music Memory

Two Unusually Powerful Ways to Strengthen Music Memory

Interviews

We’ve featured some renowned guests from around the world below.

Practicing for Smooth Performances with Erica Sipes

“… I practice in such a way that I rarely make the same mistake twice.”

– Erica Sipes

A Peek into Composing with Daniel Barkley

“[Creativity], like practising piano,… [is] all about managing your own state of mind.”

Inspiring Performer Started Piano at 20: Emir Gamsizoglu

“Emir was the shortest basketball player on his team; he started piano at 20; he was the oldest piano beginner at the conservatory; but nothing stops him.”

Cultivating Confident Performers with Gail Fischler

“If you can’t imagine and hear the sound you want, it won’t come out of the piano no matter what the genre.”

– Gail Fischler

Performance Tips from a Young Pianist: Emilia Poma

“… I go on stage…
I fix the chair to the right height and take two more deep breaths.
Then I put my hands on the frozen keys…”

Pianist From the Woodworks: Andrew Staupe

“It’s so competitive, there are so many letdowns, and there are so many struggles that it’s easy to get overwhelmed.”

How This Devoted Musician Works: Julien Beurms

“Practice for a musician not only includes pure physical training… but also research, reasoning and rumination.”

Propelling Your Performance to the Next Level with Dr. Noa Kageyama

“[T]he sub-par moments we experience on stage could be prevented not simply with more practice, but with the right kind of preparation…”

The ‘New’ Classical Music with Reuel Meditz

“I believe in the adage ‘you have to know the rules to consciously break or improve them.’

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