How Emanuel Ax Makes Piano Practice Less of a Drag

Emanuel Ax is a Grammy-winning American classical pianist. He is a teacher on the faculty of the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He’s also been the main duo recital partner of cellist Yo-Yo Ma since 1973. You would think Ax, 68, would have more than just a few tidbits of advice for aspiring pianists. Lifehacker took a break from their seething journalism to look …

Practicing Tips

Don’t take my word for it! Here are someone else’s suggestions.

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However…one has to be a bit more specific on what is meant by practice. There are two extremes here. In one extreme we have any piano related activity. Anna Magdalena Bach, simply by copying by hand copy after copy of hubby’s compositions could be said to be practicing. Does it include things like memorizing a piece from the score without …

Adult Learning: Can You Learn to Play in Instrument at 40?

Adult Learning: Can You Learn to Play in Instrument at 40? Q&A with Psychologist Gary Marcus By Maia Szalavitz, Time Magazine, (May 11, 2012) Have you got zero musical talent, but a burning desire to play? NYU psychologist Marcus says there’s hope for everyone. Can someone with no musical talent learn to play guitar as an adult? That’s what New York University psychology professor …