Started lessons again about 3 years ago after a 30 year hiatus.

Sight Reading

May 11th, 2016 + 1:05 AM  ·  pianorph

Hi Dennis,
It has been a very long time since I have been on this site but feel it is time to get back to creating and this is a great place for that.  Exploring the site and ran across your post.  Anyway, wondered if you are still working on this?

 If so, a trick I have  used with students is to put a piece of tape on the keys that correspond to the lines of the staff for both bass and treble staffs. Makes it easier to correlate the keys with the notes on the paper.  Like Goat sad, start with easy music and work up to harder stuff.  Go SLOW and practice.  When practicing, work on a phrase at a time and keep working on it until you can play it 3 times in a row at normal speed without a mistake.   Break the phrase down into a measure at a time if you need to but expand it to the entire phrase before you move on to the next phrase. I find that doing a phrase rather than a measure at a time helps keep the continuity of the song in place. 

Hope that helps.
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January 16th, 2009 + 4:01 AM  ·  pianorph

A stream-of-consciousness improv piece.   I've been hanging around long enough,  it is time to contribute something musical.   Feedback appreciated.

Optimizing Computer for Recording

January 1st, 2008 + 3:01 AM  ·  pianorph

I am getting started with my home recording studio.  As preparation I have been reading the posts at this forum and the equipment forum. 

Thank you everyone for sharing your knowledge and experience. 

 I think I saw a link or a post (i believe it was in this forum) about optimizing the computer for recording.  I meant to get back to it but now I cannot find it.  If anyone knows of the link, your direction will be most appreciated.

The particular problem I am running into is that I get 1 or 2 second pauses in the music at unpredictable times during playback and recording.   I suspect it is a program that is running in the background but I have not identified it.  This is a Windows based computer and one that I will use exclusively for music but I have not yet stripped anything from it.

Thank you!

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