Home Recordings Books Articles Itinerary Piano Instruction Biography Contact Music Services

Articles

To read any of the articles below, click on the title. PDFs can be read or downloaded from the "PDF" link.

 

Published Articles:

"Using Target Tones When Changing Hand Position," Creative Keyboard  (Mel Bay's Online Webzine, February, 2010).  PDF

 

"Using Blocking as a Fingering Technique," Creative Keyboard  (Mel Bay's Online Webzine, December, 2009).  PDF

 

"In Jazz Harmony, Simpler is Better," Creative Keyboard  (Mel Bay's Online Webzine, October, 2009).  PDF

 

"Improving Accuracy by Developing Keyboard Awareness," Creative Keyboard  (Mel Bay's Online Webzine, August, 2009).  PDF

 

"Basic Fingering Principles," Creative Keyboard  (Mel Bay's Online Webzine, June, 2009). PDF

 

"Creating Bass Lines," Creative Keyboard  (Mel Bay's Online Webzine, April, 2009).  PDF

 

"Avoiding Tension With Movement,"  Creative Keyboard  (Mel Bay's Online Webzine, February, 2009).  PDF

 

"Using Small Intervals to Manage Large Leaps,"  Creative Keyboard  (Mel Bay's Online Webzine, December, 2008).  PDF

 

"Practicing Exaggeration for Large Leaps and Intervals,"  Creative Keyboard  (Mel Bay's Online Webzine, October, 2008).  PDF

 

"15 Tips for Successful Jazz Improvisation,"  Creative Keyboard  (Mel Bay's Online Webzine, August, 2008).  PDF

 

"Jazz Improvisation:  15 Tips for Getting Started,"  Creative Keyboard  (Mel Bay's Online Webzine, June, 2008).  PDF

 

"Practice Transposition to Develop Your Ear and Technique,"  Creative Keyboard  (Mel Bay's Online Webzine, April, 2008).  PDF

 

"An Easy Method for Understanding and Playing Polyrhythms,"  Creative Keyboard (Mel Bay's Online Webzine, February, 2008).  PDF

 

"Using Simple Rhythms to Play Difficult Rhythms,"  Creative Keyboard (Mel Bay's Online Webzine, December, 2007).  PDF

 

"Working With Cross Rhythms,"  Creative Keyboard (Mel Bay's Online Webzine, October, 2007).  PDF

 

"Harmonizing Jazz Melodies Using Clusters,"  Creative Keyboard  (Mel Bay's Online Webzine, August, 2007).  PDF

 

"Develop an Aural Connection to the Piano,"  Creative Keyboard  (Mel Bay's Online Webzine, July, 2007).  PDF

 

"Listen Then Play by Ear,"   Clavier  37, no. 9 (November, 1998): 11-12.  PDF

 

"Get Out of a Rut, Mixing Up Practice Sessions," Clavier  36, no. 7 (September, 1997): 20, 22-24.  PDF

 

"Dave Kikoski's Solo on Chick Corea's 'Steps', "  Jazz Educators Journal  29, no. 5 (March, 1997): 48-57.  PDF

 

"Teaching Students How to Find Comfortable Fingering,"  Clavier  35, no. 10 (December, 1996): 15-18, 22.  PDF

 

"The Aesthetics of Art as Improvised Performance: An Inquiry Into the Nature of the Improvised Jazz Solo," Aesthetic Investigations  New York University, (1995): 52-56.  PDF

 

"Helping Students Master Improvisation,"  Music Educators Journal 82, no. 2 (September, 1995): 32-36.  PDF

 

"Transcribing for Greater Musicality,"  Music Educators Journal 82, no. 1 (July, 1995): 25-28, 63.  PDF

 

"Introducing Jazz Improvisation," Teaching Music  2, no. 5 (April, 1995): 30-31.  PDF

 

"Comparing Electronic and Acoustic Pianos,"  Clavier  32, no. 4 (April, 1993): 26-28.  PDF

 

"The Harmony of Bill Evans: An Introduction,"  Letter from Evans  1, no. 5 (May-June, 1990): 12-15.  PDF

 

 

 

Selected Unpublished Articles:

 

 

"Practice Tips"  PDF 

 

"Practice Right Hand Improvisation With Left Hand Ostinati"  PDF

 

"Read the Left Hand First"  PDF

 

"Understanding Rotation"  PDF

 

"Learn Intervals and Use Them"  PDF

 

"When Appropriate, Slide a Finger from Black to White Keys"  PDF

 

"Understanding Keyboard Symmetry"  PDF

 

"Using the Metronome for Jazz"  PDF

 

"Trust Your Body"  PDF

"Consider the Opposite Hand When Working Out Fingerings,"  PDF

An Article About Bob:

"Jazzman Sets Tin Ears Ringing," New York Times (Sunday, October 15, 2000).  PDF