Ah, the first post! I'm full of hope! But still, I'm sitting here wondering, Will this actually become something? Will it, on the one hand, become a worthwhile investment of time and brain power, perhaps lasting years to come? Will it bear even modest fruit? Will it lead to something else? Will it make me rich? Or on the other hand will it, after this first strong, inspired post, just fizzle out like my numerous unfinished novels? There's this nagging thought that must be the same for anyone who assumes the burden of an unnecessary artistic project: Why am I doing this? Who's gonna read this? In the present case the odds are stacked. This is a blog on classical piano. And who am I? Admittedly, I don't yet have the international pop star-like following that any self-respecting classical pianist knows and expects to be his one day -- but that'll come.
That last sentence was a joke.
But in all seriousness, I have hope. Another ressource that attempts to address the numerous difficulties and frustrations the modern pianist faces should always be welcome.
The idea for the blog came to me after the realization that there were holes in my pianistic abilities. These stemmed from a faulty and, above all, unreliable technique. After studying the Alexander Technique, I decided to embarque on a thourough study of piano technique. I read books, watched videos, picked apart Hanon, went back through the so-called easy repertoire. And now, without the pressure of performance, I have decided to study that monument of piano literature, the Chopin Etudes, and to document the perilous journey, making observations along the way. The idea, of course, is not to simply learn to play the notes quickly (anyone can do that), but to play them in a coordinated and, yes, natural way.
The title of the blog is not unrelated. "The Blue Note: A Classical Piano Blog" may seem contradictory to some, since the jazz world has so completely appropriated the term Blue Note. Though I'm a big fan of the genre, I'd like to reclaim the phrase in the name of classical music, for it was the French writer Georges Sand who coined it in describing Chopin's music. " Et puis la note bleue résonne et nous voilà dans l’azur de la nuit transparente..." And then the blue note resonates and there you are, in the blue azur of a transparent night.
In addition to exploring the pianist's woes, I have two other main objectives: to keep up with new research on the piano, and to comment on the goings-on in the classical music world.
And so here's to the blue note every pianist is capable of, and to the success of this humble blog!