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What’s up my piano friends!! I’m Zach Evans and in the Piano Superhuman I’m going to teach you the piano tips, strategies, and tactics used by world class piano players that YOU can implement in your own practicing. If you’re interested in learning how to play piano, these strategies will help you get the most out of each practice session and take your playing to the next level. Whether you take piano lessons, or learn piano online yourself, it’s a huge benefit to learn from the experience o ...
 
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Sharon retired and picked up piano - she's been playing for a year now and is having a TON of success! She completely debunks the myth that "you can't learn piano when you're older" and has been killin it on the keys. In the episode we go over her mindset, how she memorizes music, how she warms up her fingers at an old age, how she overcame hands t…
 
Getting that darn left and right hand to work together is a HUGE struggle for a lot of beginner piano learners. But it doesn't have to be. EVERYONE goes through it, but there's a way around it that works every time. It's an 8-Step process that'll destroy any Hands Together issues you have in their tracks!…
 
A lot of people think that sightreading is ONE skill, but in reality it's a combination of FOUR subskills. So the fastest way to boost your sightreading is to isolate each of the four subskills, learn them really well, and then put them together. This kind of method, and implementing the "Sightreading Workout Plan" can give you a huge boost in your…
 
Alecia is an experienced piano teacher I met back when I lived in Nashville. We talk about a lot of cool things in the interview, including the importance of recording yourself (for PRACTICE purposes), learning good technique (and scales!), and slowing way down when you practice. Enjoy!By Zach Evans
 
Fabian's a piano student who really put the effort into the Play by Ear Exercises- and it's paying off! He's learned to play by ear in no time by following the system, doing the exercises, and seeing the results. We also talk about other strategies he uses, like learning arpeggios and his practice routine.…
 
There's a new way piano is being taught to kids - and Gina, my guest today, has a ton of experience with it. This new system from the "Let's Play Music" uses many non-traditional methods for kids to learn not just piano, but really the concepts of music. For more info you can go here: https://www.letsplaymusicsite.com/…
 
I love the attitude of this Piano Superhuman Student. His name's Ken, and he's 68 years old an excited to learn! We talk about all the success he's had so far, especially when using the Hands Together Domination exercises and overcoming hands coordination issues, as well as using systematic practice structures.…
 
Staying motivated is absolutely critical to getting good at piano. But a lot of people confuse the different types of motivation, and especially "motivation vs inspiration." The problem, is some of these types of motivation are short term. So they give you a fleeting feeling of motivation that quickly disappears the next day. In this episode we tal…
 
This is one of the most interesting interviews I've had. Here I interview Joey, on topics like: Is our current Treble-Bass clef system actually the best way to notate music? What is Spaced Repetition Learning and how can we use it to help our memorization? Routines and exercises for learning chords. Anyway, this is an interesting one! Enjoy.…
 
We've all been there... where we're stuck on a plateau and feel like we're just "spinning our wheels" and not getting anywhere with our practicing. Luckily, there are strategies to help you bust through those plateaus, and eliminate that annoying frustration that goes along with being stuck. Simple strategies like "Microburst Practicing" and The Sl…
 
Peter Johnston (owner of the Epic Piano Arrangements YouTube Channel) shares his top strategies for teaching and learning piano. He currently has 60 in-person students (WOW) and has a lot of awesome info to share on how to learn piano more efficiently and get over your sticking points.You can find out more about his channel here: https://www.youtub…
 
In this episode I interview Rebeccah Harrold the chief pianist for the Boston Ballet (WOW!). We’ll talk about strategies she uses to overcome performance anxiety during shows, how to overcome excuses when you practice, and how to make it in the music industry and actually get paying gigs.By Zach Evans
 
Learn piano faster, easier, and better than ever before. The Piano Superhuman podcast details the tactics and strategies to take your piano game to the next level. We'll talk about the Accelerated Learning Techniques that will boost your practice efficiency and multiply your progress. Don't miss out on all the essential piano information.…
 
Welcome to the Piano Superhuman podcast! This episode will be about exactly how this podcast is going to help you learn piano faster. You'll also find out the TRUE story about my personal piano journey (its a lot darker than you might think, I actually almost cry in the episode…) and the juicy details on how the podcast is set up and how it’s going…
 
The absolutely inspiring story of Andrea, a 49 year old pianist who got in a car accident, and has only been playing for a year, using the Piano Superhuman lessons. The progress she’s made is incredible. If you’re looking for some motivation, this is the episode for you.By Zach Evans
 
This 18-year old kid (Rodolfo) never had a teacher, proving you can learn piano online completely on your own. He tells the story of how he started playing the “Secret Sauce Left Hand Pattern” at a public piano at Costco… drew a crowd and dang near shut the place down!! It’s a pretty motivating story...…
 
Jonny Sterling. This guy does it all. He does piano gigs all over town, he has over 30 students, he does some studio work, he’s a guest lecturer at Colorado University, AND a music director. He has a TON of wisdom to share, including the story (and strategy) of how he learned 40 songs in a mere 2 days for a last minute gig he had coming up.…
 
What is “Scientific Practicing”?? In this episode I take a deep dive into the specifics of how we can apply the Scientific Method to practicing, taking advantage of what we know about how the brain works to get even more out of each practice session (this one is IMPORTANT!)By Zach Evans
 
Very motivating story about Robert, a guy who took up piano after an injury… and went from complete beginner to playing for his church by ear, which helped him get over his shyness. Sometimes things that seem like a curse are actually a blessing. We’ll also get into how to drill relaxation, rock-solid technique, and some details about playing for c…
 
Temple University’s Music Preparatory Division, or “Temple Music Prep” for short, is a program located in the heart of center city, Philadelphia, that provides high quality, non-credit music and dance instruction, and related activities to the Community on behalf of the Boyer College of Music and Dance, and Temple University at-large. World-renowne…
 
Jeff Russo was one of the two founding members of the rock band “Tonic”, perhaps best known for their number one hit in the 90s, “If You Could Only See”. Nowadays, Jeff is in demand as a TV and film composer, having scored music for hit shows like “Fargo”, “American Gothic”, and can currently be heard on the new FX Marvel series, “Legion”. Welcome …
 
David Hart is the developer of the G4 Guitar Method, a method based on his two decades of teaching and opening schools throughout Australia. David’s G4 method not only teaches students the 7 essential skills of guitar playing - it also teaches teachers how to become entrepreneurs and open their own schools, as evidenced by the 50 franchises of the …
 
Carol Jantsch became the first female tuba player to win a major symphony orchestra position while she was still a senior attending the University of Michigan back in 2006. In addition to her duties as principal tuba of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Carol has been active as a tuba soloist, appearing in recital and in concerto settings with orchestras…
 
Sara Davis Buechner has been hailed by The New York Times for her “intelligence, integrity and all-encompassing technical prowess”. As one of the leading keyboard artists of our time, Sara has an active repertoire of over 100 piano concertos and has appeared with prominent orchestras all over the world. Sara was recently appointed to the piano facu…
 
Sam Rao is a multi-discipline musician, entrepreneur, and developer of Practicia, an innovative app platform that helps students and teachers make practicing more fun and productive. As a musician, Sam studied composition and conducting at Oberlin Conservatory and the Aspen Festival. As an entrepreneur, he co-founded his own music school which grew…
 
Roger Ideishi is the Director of Occupational Therapy at Temple University in Philadelphia. He has worked to provide community access and opportunities for children with diverse sensory and cognitive abilities. Roger has worked with such arts organizations as the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Philadelphia Ball…
 
Eleanor Sokoloff has been teaching piano at The Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia since 1936. At the ripe young age of 102, she shows no sign of slowing down. Some of her most esteemed students have included the likes of Keith Jarrett, Lambert Orkis, Susan Starr, Leon McCawley, Meng-Chieh Liu, and countless others. This year, Eleanor Sokolo…
 
Steven Hackman is one of the most exciting hybrid classical and pop artists on the scene today. Steve has worked extensively with the hit classical crossover group, Time for Three, writing several of their unique arrangements, and is currently the Creative Director of FUSE at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Music Director of the 'Mash-Up' series…
 
Chad Seiter has composed and produced original music for several major Hollywood franchises such as Star Trek, Fringe, and Lost. He is also Composer, Music Director and Associate Executive Producer for Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions and The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses touring concert series performing symphonic arrangements of classic…
 
At the age of 12, Mimi Stillman was the youngest wind player ever to be accepted for studies at The Curtis Institute of Music with the legendary flutist Julius Baker. Now, Mimi is not only a world renowned flute soloist, but she is also the founder and artistic director of the Dolce Suono chamber music ensemble, as well as an author, arranger, teac…
 
Joseph Conyers is a remarkable musician, educator, and civic leader. In 2007, Ebony magazine named him one of ‘30 Leaders 30 and under’. In addition to his position in the Philadelphia Orchestra, Joe is the Music Director for the School District of Philadelphia's All City music program, and founder of Project 440, an organization that provides high…
 
For 40 years, Tom Di Nardo has covered the Philadelphia arts scene through his articles in the Bulletin and the Philadelphia Daily News. Tom recently published two new books: “Listening To Musicians”, a compilation of interviews and reflections on the conductors, musicians and artists associated with The Philadelphia Orchestra, and “Performers Tell…
 
Alan Morrison is recognized as one of America's premier concert organists, performing in prestigious concert organ venues across the United States and in Canada, as well as in international festivals. Alan is currently the head of the organ department at The Curtis Institute of Music, and is a faculty member of Westminster Choir College and College…
 
Frederic Chiu is one of those renaissance polymath pianists for whom music is a prism for exploring life in its totality. From recording the entire oeuvre of Prokofiev’s piano literature to exploring the relationships between disparate cultures, interests in computer science and artificial intelligence, and even using the principles of cooking to e…
 
Pianists with small hands have to overcome considerable physical challenges in order to be able to play great literature for the piano. Oftentimes those challenges lead to muscle strain and even career-ending injuries. To address the unique needs of smaller hands, engineer and business owner David Steinbuhler collaborated with pianist Christopher D…
 
Kayhan Kalhor is one of the greatest living masters of the Kamancheh, a 3 or 4 stringed Persian spiked fiddle and ancient predecessor to the modern cello. Kayhan performs around the world extensively as a soloist and collaborator with a wide variety of musicians, including Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road ensemble. The kamancheh is an incredibly soulful,…
 
Hector Olivera was a child prodigy on the organ, having performed for the likes of Eva Perón, the first lady of Argentina, when he was only five. Hector has since become an international sensation, performing on all the great cathedral organs around the world, as well as embracing the possibilities of digital organs with his stunning live performan…
 
Seymour Lipkin was an esteemed faculty member of the Juilliard School and The Curtis Institute of Music. His understated persona coupled with a towering intellect resulted in a passionate fidelity to the composer’s intent on the score, as can be heard in his complete recordings of the Beethoven and Schubert piano sonatas. A longtime director of the…
 
History is full of stories of great musicians with financial struggles - Beethoven, Schubert, even Mozart was said to have been buried in a pauper’s grave. The image of the “starving artist” tries to glorify the idea that great musicians are supposed to sacrifice everything in pursuit of their art and not expect any commercial gain, much less “stai…
 
Sean Perrin is the host of "Clarineat", a popular podcast show dedicated to all things related to the clarinet. Sean's debut CD, “Dreamsongs”, hit the top of the Canadian Jazz charts when it was released, and features a unique mix of arrangements of Chick Corea and Phillip Glass songs performed on clarinet, marimba and vibraphone. If you’re a music…
 
Andrew Hitz was a 14 year member of the Boston Brass before leaving to become an musical entrepreneur, podcast host, and co-founder of Pedal Note Media, a digital media company providing products and programs to educate, entertain and inspire music teachers, players and fans. We’re continuing our month-long series on music podcasters and entreprene…
 
Seth Hanes is a musician, digital marketing consultant, speaker, and founder of musiciansguidetohustling.com, As a digital marketing consultant, Seth has worked with multi-million dollar organizations, book publishers, and musicians from ensembles like the Philadelphia Orchestra and the New York Philharmonic. His new book, “Break Into The Scene”, i…
 
Jason Heath is a freelance double bass player who started his Contrabass Conversations podcast way back in 2007, nearly 10 years ago. Now with well over a million downloads, Jason’s incredibly popular podcast is the Internet’s most comprehensive resource on all people and topics related to life and music around the double bass. This month, we’re go…
 
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