Category Archives: Practice

Blue Skies

An amateur adult online piano student of mine had his scheduled lesson the other day and told me that he was practicing his piece very slowly (so as to get it right) while the plumber was working on some dripping pipes. … Continue reading

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How-To Videos on How to Start a Piece and Pedaling

At every Sonata Piano Camp session, I offer a couple of morning classes. This year, my topics were How to Start a Piece, ranging in difficulty from a simple 5-finger pattern to a Brahms Intermezzo and How, What and When … Continue reading

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Piano Camp 2014!

The Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp 2014 season is ending tomorrow and I wanted to offer you a snapshot of what went on. What an incredible 35-day journey with young pianists staying between 1 and 5 weeks from Russia, Turkey, … Continue reading

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Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp 2014!

  I can’t believe that Summer Sonatina International Piano Camp is about to embark on its 45th season of wonderful music-making! I have been a part of it every year since I was 10 years old. As Director for the … Continue reading

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Take the Piano Plunge!

So many people are intimidated by performing that I wanted to put out a challenge to put yourself out there. Currently, there’s a “game” on FaceBook that invites you to challenge your friends to jump into icy waters, also known … Continue reading

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How to learn and memorize better

This article in the Boston Globe resonated with me and validated my thoughts on the various lectures I’ve given on how to learn your music or practice memorization at the piano. Read the article first. I briefly reviewed each term … Continue reading

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Ruth Laredo plays Rachmaninoff with Polly

I’ve been doing lots of cleaning and renovations on the house and stumbled upon a number of photographs that I had forgotten about. A very special one needs to be shared. Back in 1981, I was lucky to be asked … Continue reading

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