I am pleased to announce the publication of my new e-book, 17 Success Strategies for Adult Piano Students. The book is oriented towards beginning and returning adult piano students who are seeking quick, accurate and actionable advice on a number of important topics, including:

  • Instruments
  • Teachers
  • Effective Practicing and Skill Acquisition
  • Music Resources

17 Success Strategies is short, clocking in at 27 pages (according to Kindle), and includes a “quickstart” page summarizing the strategies for those who don’t have time to read the other 26 pages!

Topics and actionable strategies include:

  • Types of instruments, and the kind you’d be better off not buying. Essenetial advice on pianos, digital pianos, synths, etc.
  • The best digital piano models for beginners, with a few specific recommended models.
  • A digital piano manufacturer entirely worth avoiding.
  • The three sorts of piano teachers. This is a generalization, yes, but as with most generalizations, it can be useful, in this case when “shopping” for piano lessons.
  • How to find the right piano teacher and what questions to ask them. I strongly believe students should ask prospective teachers a number of questions, as one might with a financial advisor or lawyer.
  • Types of teachers to avoid. Again, generalizations, but useful ones.
  • The success formula for piano lessons. In my opinion, there is one.
  • The “Golden Rule” of practicing that will save you time and fast-track your progress. Every piano student should know about this. In my experience, many have never explicitly been taught this important rule by other teachers.
  • The two best ways to learn new music (and one way to avoid). Before studying with a piano teacher, many players default to learning music in ways that don’t really increase their musical confidence or abilities.
  • The best ways to become an excellent music reader. These strategies are important for just about every adult keyboard student.
  • The best way to improve your musical ear. Hint: it’s something many piano students are too shy to do (until encouraged).
  • The three forms of musical creativity and why you should try them. Playing and interpreting music is creative, but these three are even more expressive, and also a lot of fun!
  • Why you can (and should) avoid tedious finger exercises. While I’m not against fundamental exercises like scales, I lay out a case as to why most other monotonous exercises are best sidestepped.
  • Recommended adult piano methods. From someone who has used most of the major methods and developed his own (due for publication by 2020).
  • Resources for reviews and comparisons of pianos, and my top recommendations for music notation software, best music recording software, and print music downloads.

17 Success Strategies for Adult Piano Students is now available on Kindle. If you find it helpful, please consider leaving a review.

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