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Learning the Piano: the incredible power of Midi and the Fourth of July

Synthesia is not the only MIDI based software program for reproducing or recording piano notes on a computer. There are much older programs that have been composing music professionally for some time. Roland Sound Canvas is one of those programs. … Continue reading

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Learning the Piano: back to Synthesia

Stephanie Trick is a young woman who plays ragtime and 1920’s Jazz Piano professionally. Here is a You Tube screen shot of her version of James P. Johnson’s Harlem Strut. Note that one of the commentators complained that she was … Continue reading

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Learning the Piano: What George Gershwin did with a player piano

George Gershwin, the legendary composer of musicals, began studying music at the age of Ten. He began with three famous classical music teachers. His first teacher, Charles Hambitzer was also his mentor. He began as a song plugger in a … Continue reading

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Learning the Piano: What Duke Ellington learned from the player piano

The legendary Jazz musician, Duke Ellington, learned to play James P. Johnson’s Carolina Shout on a player piano. The Carolina Shout was the test you had to pass, the standard you had to meet, to be considered a real Harlem … Continue reading

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Learning the Piano: But First, What is a player piano?

It occurred to me today that in my last post, I assumed that people would know what a player piano and a piano roll were. So, first things first, here is a player piano on the left.  The two rollers, … Continue reading

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Learning the Piano: Combining the Old With the New with Synthesia

When I was on Facebook, I posted this video on what would have been my mother’s 103rd birthday.  It is from an old piano roll of the 1920’s popular song, Whispering.  It was one of her early favorites.  The piano … Continue reading

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