We have to pay the piper

We have to pay the piper, For all that we have got. If we don’t pay up when it’s due, It’s gonna cost a lot. He’s the one who sees the things we hide, The one who keeps the score. And when he thinks our payment’s due, He’ll knock our every door. He keeps accountContinue reading “We have to pay the piper”

Pleeease dirty the mat!

A message to all our visitors. It’s about the floor mat that slants diagonally across our doorway during the monsoon, kept that way so everyone has to walk over it to enter our living room.

Sometimes visitors see that it’s clean and try not to dirty it, trailing all dust and the wet from the rains into our home! The funniest is those who can’t bear to see it slant across the grid of our floor tiles and feel compelled to take the trouble to straighten it out!

This poem is for them 🙂

The breeze that knocked me over

You’re the breeze that knocked me over, And I’m lying on the floor. I struggle to rise, clinging to hope. I’m in a better place now, but still struggle to cope. You’re the breeze that knocked me over, That left me lying on the floor. Fear and anger helped me rise, And gave me theContinue reading “The breeze that knocked me over”

My friend for a reason

My friend for a reason I thought you were true, But you ran when you thought I had need. I was your friend for all time and I thought you were mine, But now things have changed and there’s no going back. I’m your friend for all seasons for sunshine or rain A storm now andContinue reading “My friend for a reason”

That wonderful feeling

I wrote this poem during a moment of joy. Not trying to see the glass half full, but rather seeing incompleteness and striving as a glass that IS full. As a reminder to myself. May life bring me more of these moments during which I embrace the incompleteness of being human. That wonderful feeling thatContinue reading “That wonderful feeling”

A guide to buying a suitable piano bench

This post talks about piano posture, what to consider when buying a piano bench & where the Indian student can find piano benches to suit different budgets. Plus an easy low-budget solution for a low piano bench. Practising on a basic keyboard during the early years of piano class Many Indian students buy basic 5-octaveContinue reading “A guide to buying a suitable piano bench”

What Piano Practise Is

Piano practise is an exploration of some work, or a section of that work, using a method or technique of exploration that is taught during piano lessons, to achieve a specific goal. Here’s a short reminder of what piano practise is Correctly shaped hands. Different from playing a piece. Repetition. Good posture. Short slots withContinue reading “What Piano Practise Is”

Book Review : The Art of Piano Fingering

The Art of Piano Fingering by Rami Bar-Niv is a wonderfully detailed exploration of piano fingering. It’s become my textbook for when I get stuck with fingering and need to study it in relation to playing technique, hand size and the kind of effect that a passage of piano music requires the pianist to produce.Continue reading “Book Review : The Art of Piano Fingering”

7 Scheduling Tips for Relaxed Piano Practise

The way piano practise is scheduled matters. Students who manage their piano practise schedule well also learn, in the process, to manage their daily schedule well. They practise less and achieve more because they’re more relaxed. This fosters better piano playing technique and helps students move to challenging repertoire easily. The aim of good practiseContinue reading “7 Scheduling Tips for Relaxed Piano Practise”

15 Steps To Effective Learning In Piano Class

Some students learn very slowly during the first few months of piano lessons while others learn very quick. The way to quick learning is often quite simple. So here’s 15 easy steps to effective learning in piano class. Arrive at class on time. Leave home budgeting time for traffic jams and other delays, so youContinue reading “15 Steps To Effective Learning In Piano Class”

Teaching my first Skype piano class

I first tried online piano teaching in 2016, when I stopped teaching in Bandra and started teaching full time in Kharghar Navi Mumbai. My student, a 9 year old boy, wasn’t yet ready to move on to a new piano teacher and needed to continue lessons with me until he was. He therefore decided toContinue reading “Teaching my first Skype piano class”