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This is from a book written by some guy C. Chang. He wrote a lot on the piano usenet newsgroup back in the day and posted his book on the internet for free in html and then in pdf. I think he wanted $20 for printed and bound copy. Now I just checked and the book is selling on Amazon for $25. The blog is just the html version of his book.

 

I printed the book out and bound it at work about 6 years ago and have read through it. I had a great teacher for a long time but had moved and was looking for a little guidance and found the Chang book. The parts about practice and technique are dead on. In addition to being a pianist he has a PhD in Physics and does spend a lot of time on the mechanics of the falling hand etc and then a whole lot on how to tune your own piano and the different temperments.

 

Anyway it is a really good book with good info on learning music, practicing and building technique. It is a must read if you are trying to learn on your own. I can't believe that he had done all the work of writing the book and then gave it away for free. It is kind of dry and hard to ready but there is a lot of good information in there.

 

As far as the blog goes I don't know if Chang runs it or someone dug up his html book off the usenet and put it in blog format.

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That's a good site. Years ago, way pre-internet, I bought a book called "Playing the Piano for Pleasure" by Charles Cooke. Cooke was a journalist and amateur pianist who interviewed all the concert pianists that came through NYC for the New Yorker. I was amazed that he set out his practice regimen - it's about like the website's. He gave tips he picked up from famous artists and their teachers. Anyway his book - I still go to it occasionally - is interesting. It was like this website in that you were reading about a kindred spirit. I welcome any advice on how to practice.
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Kinda cheap to make folks go to your own site only to then go to the site where the actual content is hosted, no? :rolleyes:

 

Direct link here. :thu:

 

 

I see your point, Sven, though I did learn something from going to Coach's site first. When 'linking through' their own site OP's could point that out, and perhaps offer the 'straight to' link for those who wish to bypass the OP's page.

 

Anyway... Thanks, Coach, for the link. I glanced through the table of contents, and one of the chapters. There is a lot to learn there; very useful info. Think I'll be making use of this for a while...

 

 

 

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Here are some additional links:

 

Amazon book (paperback $25.25, Kindle $8.00)

http://www.amazon.com/Fundamentals-Piano-Practice-Chuan-Chang/dp/1419678590/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1

 

The author's website, where you can download the .pdf for free:

http://www.pianopractice.org/

 

I suspect that blog is violating the author's copyright given the author's webpage makes NO mention of that blog:

 

http://www.pianopractice.org/info.html

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.... Years ago, way pre-internet, I bought a book called "Playing the Piano for Pleasure" by Charles Cooke. Cooke was a journalist and amateur pianist who interviewed all the concert pianists that came through NYC for the New Yorker. I was amazed that he set out his practice regimen - it's about like the website's. He gave tips he picked up from famous artists and their teachers. Anyway his book - I still go to it occasionally - is interesting. It was like this website in that you were reading about a kindred spirit. I welcome any advice on how to practice.

 

The "Cooke Book" was a cornerstone and required reading of my teacher, Terry Trotter, back in '79 when I first came to town. Terry would always refer to it when I'd moan about something like..."Oh man, I'll never get this " or "I'm starting too late to ever get good".

 

I still have it in my bookcase. It was very inspirational to me during that time. Perhaps resembling the stimulus people get today from Kenny Werner's book, "Effortless Mastery". In fact I found the Cooke Book more practical and useful to me.

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