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I can answer general questions about playing the piano, playing technique, and piano literature.

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I have played piano for over forty years. I have taught private piano. I have also played in church. I am especially interested in the piano as a music ministry. I have also written several compositions for piano.


I'm a past member of the National Guild of Piano Teachers.


Making Music Magazine Newsletter of the Illinois Country Music Association


BA, Behavioral Science, Oral Roberts University (1975) MA, McCormick Theological Seminary (1980) I have had courses in Music Appreciation, Music Theory, and in Hymnology

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2016-09-16 Trowbridge Piano Co. identification:

The most I can find about Trowbridge Pianos is that the company was founded in 1888 in Franklin, MA and that they had better quality pianos.  I saw an earlier allexperts posting that said that s Trowbridge

2016-03-08 piano:

Marie, I'll be glad to answer your questions.  Thanks for asking.  (1) You best maintain a piano by playing it, keeping it tuned, and keeping it clean.  You probably should get a piano tuned every few

2016-02-01 piano pedals:

You depress the piano pedal about like the accelerator of a car.  In a car, you depress it as fast as you want to go, with a piano, you depress the pedal enough to get the volume you want and to make the

2016-01-25 Kimball Organ:

I am not familiar with Kimball electric organs, but I checked on e-bay and didn't find any organs that met your description.  Apparently, "entertainer" is s function of the organ.  The value would depend

2015-12-19 piano:

I think what you're talking about is called "ear training," or listening to a melody and being able to take it down as "dictation."  This is part of formal music training, usually in Music Theory.  There


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