My Trip to Visit Jennifer Thomas

My Trip to Visit Jennifer Thomas
I just spent the last week in Washington State, on the Olympic Peninsula, visiting my good friend, and incredibly talented composer and pianist friend, Jennifer Thomas.  

The Truth About Arranging Christmas Music

The Truth About Arranging Christmas Music
You would think that arranging a cover of a song that’s already been written would be easy, right?  I mean, the song is already written… so all you’d really need to do is learn how to play it and then give it your own sound and style.  That sounds easy, but it’s not.   Not at all.  Turning an already written song into something new, and unique, requires a lot of creativity and patience.  Writing all new arrangements for a Christmas album, for me, takes months.  

Fall In Utah

Fall In Utah
Fall is my absolute favorite time of year, and Utah is so beautiful when Autumn comes.  We have amazing mountains here, the Wasatch Mountains, with elevations up to 12,000 feet in the Salt Lake City area.  We have a lot of Quaking Aspen trees, Scrub Oak, Maple, Cottonwood, etc.  The colors aren’t as impressive as what you’d see in New England, especially since we don’t have nearly as many trees, but the yellows, reds, and oranges this time of year are stunning.

Halloween Costumes for Pianists

Halloween Costumes for Pianists
I am not Halloween's biggest fan, but my sister sure is! So, in honor of her favorite holiday, I thought I might whip up a fun post- Halloween Costumes for Pianists. Hope you enjoy what I came up with! Let me know if you have a great idea that I missed.

How To Improvise On Piano

How To Improvise On Piano
Improvisation is a skill that will make you better at piano. It is a fantastic way to spark your creativity, strengthen your scale knowledge and chord structures, and compose music in an “on-demand” and “on-the-fly” manner that forces you to step outside of your comfort zone. This is precisely the reason why I started my “Monday Morning Improvisations” series on YouTube. I wanted to grow, and this series was a great way to make that happen.