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Performing, Honing Your Craft, piano

Feb 10, 2016 07:00 AM

Caleb Hsu

How to Get a More Robust and Responsive Piano Tone

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We’ve discussed unique exercises to increase dexterity while playing piano, and now we’d like to extend our best tips on creating the best piano tone. Contrary to popular belief, piano is an extremely sensitive and dynamic instrument. Due to its size, the potential for booming triple fortés is expansive, as well as the prospect of barely whispered attacks. We’ll cover ways to hack science and utilize momentum and inertia to generate the most responsive piano sounds.

Performing, Honing Your Craft, piano

Feb 1, 2016 09:00 AM

Caleb Hsu

10 Unconventional Piano Practice Tips You Haven't Tried That Will Make You a Way Better Player

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We've shown you specific exercises to reduce pain and increase dexterity while playing piano, so now we'll give you our top unconventional practice tips that you probably haven't tried. These methods are intended to simultaneously activate both hemispheres of your brain, as well as stimulate enough neural activity to divert your focus and shift your attention from creating muscle memory to enabling complex rhythmical passages to be performed with ease. One of the toughest obstacles to overcome when first learning how to correctly practice the piano is finger and hand independence, and by using these methods, there's no way you won't improve.

Music Business 101

Jan 25, 2016 08:00 AM

Caleb Hsu

What’s Really Behind a Five-Star Rating From Rolling Stone Magazine?

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It's rare to see Rolling Stone give an album the highly coveted five-star merit. In fact, there were only three songs that were awarded the status in the '90s. However, when albums like Adele's 25 roll along and effortlessly receive the distinction, it begs the question: what are the qualifying factors that play into such highly esteemed reviews?

Keep in mind that Rolling Stone is not Billboard, so its value system for hip-hop and indie-pop music is virtually undetectable. Statistically speaking, Rolling Stone highly values the music of the '60s and '70s, going back to our country's roots music, and therefore, has unique deciding factors for album reviews. From pure research, outlining reviews throughout the decades and cross-tracing common traits the highest-rated albums share, I've compiled a list of the top five factors that earn the most stars.

Performing, Honing Your Craft, piano

Jan 14, 2016 06:00 AM

Caleb Hsu

8 Essential Exercises to Reduce Pain and Increase Dexterity While Playing Piano

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I'm not going to be a snob and discount other instrumentalists' right to say their craft requires special attention and unique skill. However, I will say that piano is undoubtedly among the toughest instruments to holistically master. In order to protect your musical longevity as a pianist, it's important to take time to condition your muscles, properly exercise your tendons and ligaments, and ensure your joints are cared for. Key areas we'll focus on in the below exercises are knuckles, wrists, forearms, shoulders, and the surrounding muscles. In order to flawlessly execute more technical pieces, you must acquire enough muscle memory and strength to be able to relax your entire body, because when you're tense, you're hindered and at risk of injury.

Top 7 Music Industry Careers You May Want to Consider in 2016

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If your open mic night and gigging tips aren't exactly covering the bills, and you want to look into other income sources besides performing, you may want to research these unique career paths within the music industry and see if any of them spark your interest. We've compiled a list of seven careers that show the most promise this year.