Saturday, January 4, 2014

Music Inside and Out

Get the Music Inside to Match the Music Outside

Let your inner ear converse with the music you love
No matter how difficult, no matter how easy,
music engages your innate sense of musical logic

Playing a sonata need not be like climbing a mountain
               “Mistakes” can put you in touch with the composer
               Technical difficulties can become fascinating

You can learn to trust your own musical sense despite years of obedient instruction.

Having worked since 1975 on validating the vital inner life of hearing of pianists, chamber musicians, and singers, Nancy Garniez is offering private instruction to musicians of all instruments, all levels, all ages.

Whether or not you have time to practice,
whether your skills are advanced or elementary,
this approach can transform your playing and your listening.

I am located in NYC.  Get in touch if this speaks to you.

Marshall McLuhan and Me

After playing last night to an audience of significant ears -- i.e., ideally engaged listeners -- I found myself referring to McLuhan's observation that all new media should go straight into the hands of children.

This morning I awoke realizing that that is exactly what happened between the piano and me: I enjoyed a period of immersion in the instrument before ever seeing anyone play the piano or having any idea of what the piano was supposed to be, in other words, no model, no preconception, no instruction.

The sense of wonderment at its fascinating sound has never left me.  It may account for the various twists and turns of my musical and personal quest for mastery of this extraordinary phenomenon.

Trouble is that because the Industrial Revolution came after the invention of the piano, it did not go into ordinary households until its splendid fantasy-rich sound had been tamed by piano teachers armed with finger studies.

Think about it.  Then move your piano into your child's room, where it belongs.