Notes From The Bungalow Vol. 14

Notes From The Bungalow Vol. 14

Let’s Rock Again December 22, 2012 marked 10 years since Joe Strummer’s death. Strummer was a singer/songwriter/guitarist and founder of the Clash, the only band that mattered, or so it and its followers proclaimed. An outspoken individual with strong principles and...
Improve your Piano Playing

Improve your Piano Playing

Many students write in to me every week asking how to improve their piano playing. In this article, I’m going to lay out some of my ideas and the concepts that I’ve learned over the years that will help you improve your piano playing skills. Step 1) Be...
Using PianoWithWillie MIDI Files

Using PianoWithWillie MIDI Files

What is MIDI? MIDI stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface and it is a way for computers and keyboards to talk to one another. When recording a keyboard (digital piano), we normally think of recording a sound file like an mp3 file. The limitations of a sound...
Why Willie Almost Quit Piano

Why Willie Almost Quit Piano

A student asked me in the forum to share a little about my background. So, here is a little bit about how I learned the piano, what I’ve learned as a teacher and why I almost quit the piano when I was a kid!   When I was a kid, I didn’t learn piano in the...
Notes From The Bungalow Vol. 13

Notes From The Bungalow Vol. 13

My Least Favorite Question At the height of my time as a working musician, I was 22-years-old. I was a college graduate, fresh out of school and clinging to the idea that my roots rock outfit, which I had formed my sophomore year, soon would be signed to a major...
My Lonely Piano

My Lonely Piano

How Piano Projects Keep You On Track While teaching a private student this week, we were discussing the value and merit of practice. Basically, “Why do all of this practicing in the first place?” The piano is a lonely instrument, you can play piano without...
Notes From The Bungalow Vol. 12

Notes From The Bungalow Vol. 12

Eli, Tom Hanks, and two Mona Lisas, part three Recap: For those who have not read Part One or Part Two of this trilogy, this column may not make sense. Then again, it may make perfect sense for that very same reason. Regardless, both parts contend that, for a variety...

Notes From The Bungalow Vol. 11

Eli, Tom Hanks, and two Mona Lisas, part two Recap: For those who have not read Part One of this trilogy, this column may not make sense. Then again, it may make perfect sense for that very same reason. Regardless, part one’s contention was that, for a variety of...
7 tips to prevent injuries at the piano

7 tips to prevent injuries at the piano

One important, often overlooked, topic in piano performance is how to avoid injuring ourselves at our instrument. Piano playing is not a natural process. We are not born with the ability to play the piano…we learn it. Therefore, we can easily suffer from...
Notes From The Bungalow Vol. 10

Notes From The Bungalow Vol. 10

Eli, Tom Hanks, and two Mona Lisas, part one I have never courted controversy. I don’t really like those that do. I write this because this first article in a series of three will present an idea that may be controversial to some of those reading this. I’m not doing...
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