The sustain pedal as a means to pain-free piano playing

The sustain pedal is one of the most overlooked factors when it comes to ergonomic, pain-free piano playing. The function of the sustain pedal is to keep notes ringing without the need of holding down the key. This allows us to move our fingers to a different position while sustaining the notes, and blending notes… Continue reading The sustain pedal as a means to pain-free piano playing

The Deadline Phenomena

Being Creative Under Pressure Working on a musical project usually comes with a deadline attached to it. You may not think that most creative musicians actually benefit from a deadline. Not only that, they prefer it, because it focuses the creative mind that all too easily gets distracted otherwise. My best work happened under intense… Continue reading The Deadline Phenomena

Composing for money?

Should we do it for the money? We are artists, and we are composers. Naturally, we have an urgent drive to follow our passion when ever creativity strikes us. It’s what makes us happy, whether we get payed for it or not… right? The real question is whether money can get in the way with… Continue reading Composing for money?

Should we compose music that might never get performed or recorded?

Composing and writing songs is one of my favorite things to do. However, I have composed a lot of music that, unfortunately, has not yet been performed or recorded. It just sits on my computer hard drive waiting for its time to come.  Does this stop me from writing music? Of course not! But what… Continue reading Should we compose music that might never get performed or recorded?