Thursday, October 23, 2014


piano fitness is challenging. There are many challenges in daily practice. The challenge to stay alert and fresh each day, continuing to change your mind and body to accept something new.  Exchanging old habits for new habits consciously daily is very challenging.

First rehearsal of op 60 barcarole is next Tuesday, October 28 at the San Diego piano note club in the park. Then November 1 at the San Diego piano club meeting. Lastly the performance for the presto club on November 8.

Today's practice starts with a major section and measure 38 through measure 60.


Spider chords
Finger fitness one

Continued practice with measures 19 & 20

Thursday, October 16, 2014


piano fitness is insightful.  including everything opens up new perspectives and choices.  learning what to let go of and allowing refreshed awareness of new and different feelings throughout the arms and torso.

training brings improved strength to release unnecessary effort for ease.

great gate

op 60


Piano fitness is a lifestyle

5finger patterns
F# M key work


Piano fitness is inclusive.  Everything moves toward balance.  A few days ago, I thought to myself "what is the hardest thing for me to do?"  It only took moments to realize what was needed to be corrected- unlocking this second bridge with the forearm correctly arched.  Including this, when "finding the flow"through the 4th chakra has been the piano fitness training since, with Tsunami- like waves back to the root chakra.  Stable and happy, powerful and loving, creative truth and intuition, piano fitness is inclusive!


Piano fitness is training.


10 arms

Saturday, June 21, 2014


Piano fitness welcomes change.  Change in the way it feels  -change in the way it sounds.  Content as it is this day, content with the changes will be there tomorrow.  Specificity and muscle rehearsal moves forward in changing.

10 3rds
Big chords

Rep 1
Presto performance

Wednesday, June 18, 2014


Piano fitness is a revelational.  Revealed attitudes must be accepting of change.  Allowing changes reveals new feelings moving toward absolutely comfortable on every note.

Preparing for Presto performance this Sunday.  Three selections from repertory no. 1:

Consolation No. 3
Claire de Lune
Raindrop Prelude

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

140525 repertoire one

Piano Fitness is learning to be absolutely comfortable on every note.  Yoga reveals neutral balance to be most comfortable.  Understanding when the chakra align the neutral spine, arms seek simultaneous balance of the three ways the arms move.


Piano fitness is exciting!
A year ago on memorial day, I had my dad's 100th memorial rehearsal.  The first half of that program, now named repertoire 1, was first performed at my third New Year's recital 2013.  The link to listen will be posted when it's working...

Even though I've  played these pieces countless times, I still find them intriguing since it feels different every time.  In the piano world, different feeling is a different sound.

The piano fitness hypothesis:  learning to listen with the musician's mind and the pianist's body is possible at any age.

The last few days I've been feeling lots of changes in my middle back, forearms and fingers. Continuing to consciously correct to loose knuckles and sitting properly balanced on the hips.  Including the chakra alignments, truly feeling like I've never felt before.

Until my next post-happy practicing!

Saturday, May 24, 2014

140524 piano fitness hypothesis

Piano fitness is my lifestyle. My last two years have been spent consciously correcting two habits.  The first, in fitness, changing a hyperextended knee to a soft neutral knee, was a 16 year habit.  The second, in piano, changing a locked bridge in the hands to soft bridge, was a 30+ year habit.  Amazingly, the body responds to the mind's conscious corrections, and new habits are beginning to emerge.  The hypothesis - a 60-year-old mind-body can still learn to listen.  Chopin's Opus 60, Barcarole, was chosen as the vehicle to test the implementation of these emerging new habits.  The goal - to have the barcarole performance ready by my 61st birthday.

In the next six months, this blog will serve as a record of the progress made to reach this goal.
Regular postings will include thoughts and videos demonstrating the piano fitness training to establish these new habits until they are unconscious responses of the mind body.  I am still learning to listen.