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I'm a math/programming teacher and freelance programmer. My first language was Scheme, and I have a major soft spot for functional programming. I read SICP every year and do all of the exercises (so I'm pretty good at hw-type problems.)


Jan
28
comment Are short fingers detrimental to becoming a pianist?
Hm. If you can reach a 9th, you should be able to play most literature fairly comfortably. I would try tracking down the DeLarrocha exercises. I don't have them, as reach has never been an issue for me.
Jul
11
comment Is playing with two hand really necessary in this passage?
I agree with mjibson. It's not bad in terms of intervals, but try finding a good fingering for it. The best 1 handed fingering I can work out atm is 45242413451512 and that's hard to play fast. Also, it'll be hard to play that staccato.
Apr
26
awarded  Yearling
Mar
29
answered Understanding the elements of harmony in “honky-tonk” or ragtime style piano
Mar
29
comment What does a small x-like symbol before a note mean?
This probably seems like stupid notation, but it has to do with spelling stuff using notes in the scale.
Mar
22
answered What is the best way to become super-accurate on the piano?
Dec
8
comment Important to know which note you are playing?
I agree that you shouldn't trust your motor memory. I usually do analysis and then break the music into chords. In the early stages of memorization I usually only bother to remember the chords. If you forget something, then you can just fake it. On the other hand, as the piece matures, I do remember every "note", but I'm not thinking "G B A C blah blah" as I perform...
Dec
8
answered What are some good, intermediate-level pieces for piano left hand?
Dec
8
answered Pain in left wrist after playing Chopin's Nocturne Op. 9 No. 1
Dec
8
comment Should I lift my finger before I hit a key when playing a piano?
Hmm, this is a good answer, though I disagree that the primary purpose of the release is adding emotional intensity. In my opinion, keyboard choreography needs to serve the purpose of positioning you ideally for the following passages as well as allowing you to "reset" technical debt you've accumulated while playing. (though ideally there would be none.) Contrast Yakov Kasman with Jon Nakamatsu (1997 winner.) By comparison, his style is extremely conservative, though undoubtedly intense.
Dec
8
answered Should I lift my finger before I hit a key when playing a piano?
Dec
8
answered Have a note outstand in a pianissimo chord (piano)
Dec
7
answered Fingering for octaves on the piano
Nov
2
awarded  Revival
Oct
17
answered What's a good book for learning how to play the piano?
Oct
17
answered Recommended seating in a concert hall during Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 2
Oct
11
answered Piano player, bad traditional sight reading
Oct
11
answered Is there a way to guesstimate how long it will take me to play a specific piece?
Oct
8
comment What is the foundational book of Czerny finger exercises for piano?
Pretty much all scales will have the same fingerings. Peter Feuchtwangler, who I admire very much, worked out some alternate fingerings, if you can track those down. They're very nice.
Oct
5
answered Is visualization a useful method of practice?