Advanced Piano
Getting Noticed & Turning Heads

Issue #1

Piano Lessons in Cherry Hill, Moorestown, NJ.

Getting Unstuck

It's common for piano students at all levels to hit that proverbial wall, the point where you feel you're no longer progressing, even though your piano skills and practice sessions are at a very high level.

If you are currently studying with a piano teacher each week, then you need to communicate your feelings to your teacher, who should be able to help you overcome this obstacle.

  • Quite often, your playing is still improving, you just may have reached a point where you need a new or different way of measuring your progress.

For Example

I currently have several students who are at the point in their musical studies where everything from scales to learning new songs has become almost effortless.

Now, most students would say this is a good place to be, and it most certainly is a great accomplishment, however, depending on what you want to get out music, this may be your ultimate goal, or you may be an extremely driven student who has his or her sights set even higher.

What Could Be Higher, You Ask?

If you've spent anytime at all on YouTube listening to other piano players, then there's a good chance that you've come across a performer who is able to make a song really come alive.

  • Of course, you may wonder how they do it. Are they gifted? Do they possess an ability that very few people have, or can acquire? Were they born with an extra music gene you didn't get at birth?

If you're asking yourself these questions, then you're probably an extremely driven student who has a higher musical goal, maybe even a higher musical calling. In any case, you want your songs and your playing to stand out from all the others.

  • How is this accomplished? More importantly, can a regular, everyday musician create piano arrangements that will make people stop in their tracks and listen.


You may see yourself as an above average, competent, or even extremely accomplished musician, but you may not see yourself as the gifted musician who can take a song to a whole new level

  • If you see your musical talent as above average but maybe not really in the gifted category, don't worry, creating piano arrangements that really make a song come alive is a skill that anyone can learn who has reached this level of competency.

Let me repeat, if you know your are a competent musician: If you read sheet music fluently, have good rhythm and can learn songs fairly quickly, then you are ready to take your musical skills to the next level.

So What Exactly Is The Next Level?

I'll dig a little deeper into this subject in next weeks issue of Advanced Piano Technique, but let me just say, for me, as a piano teacher for 25 years and an ongoing piano student for close to 50 years now, music reached a whole new level of enjoyment when I could take any song and do anything I wanted with it...which is what arranging is all about.

  • At the very least, learning to create your own piano arrangements will allow to to take the parts of songs that you don't like and arrange them into something you do like.

  • At its very best, piano arranging will allow you to do anything you want with any song ever written. Tell me you wouldn't like to know how to do that.

This is the part of music that very few piano students ever learn how to do. Unfortunately, very few piano instructors offer piano arranging. I'm one of the piano teachers who does.

My name is Guy Faux. I am the school director and one of the piano teachers here at the Cherry Hill Academy of Piano & Guitar.

I have a waiting list to get on my teaching schedule, but I always leave 1 or 2 openings for advanced students who want to take their playing to the next level.

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