Monday, March 05, 2007

How to Figure Out What Another Pianist is Doing

A student once asked me; "Can I determine what my favorite piano player is actually doing on the keyboard just by listening?" An excellent question and one that can be answered in the affirmative. Here's how to do it.

First, figure out what the left-hand is doing. This is the key to understanding what is being done by any piano player, no matter what the style. Let's take New Age pianist David Lanz as an example. Lanz's style usually revolves around a left hand that plays an ostinato pattern while the right hand improvises. Very few pianists base their compositions on the right-hand.

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1 comment:

  1. Yeah I like your post. I am a pianist with over 40 years of experience and I have the good fortune of having a perfect pitch ear which helps a lot.

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