The Golden Rule of Making Great Music

People remember feelings, not sounds. There are two kinds of musicians: the kind that make good music and the kind that make bad music. Since good and bad are simply a matter of opinion, there is no universal recipe for “good music”. However, there is something that all good music has in common: the listener connects with it. Rhythm is …

How to Remove Keys on a Yamaha S90 ES Keyboard

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There are times when you need to remove the keys from your keyboard like when the felts go bad or the contacts break down or your keys get damaged on the gig. Almost all keyboards have a trick or two that makes removing keys easy. The Yamaha S90 ES keyboard is a great set of keys and if you need …

The Talent Excuse: Don’t Mistake “Talent” for Focus and Desire

hard work beats talent - ScotRanney.com

A perceived lack of talent does not hold you back, what holds you back is believing that talent is the same as desire, dedication, discipline. Do you believe that people who are great at what they do were born that way? If so, it’s a convenient method of letting yourself off the hook, isn’t it? You’re giving yourself a pass …

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Don’t Let Your Son or Daughter Quit Piano Lessons

Your Kids Brain on Music - ScotRanney.com

Reality is that the sky is blue, water is wet, most kids quit piano lessons, and letting that happen is one of the biggest mistakes a parent can make. Treat piano lessons as a daily fact of life. Like eating dinner and going to school. Make piano a part of the routine, not something extra. That 30 minutes of practice …

How to Buy a Decent Grand Piano For a Good Price

Buying a piano by Scot Ranney

Buying a piano is much more than finding something that looks good in your price range. I have over 30 years of professional piano playing experience and have played hundreds of different pianos, including piano disasters in living rooms, on stages, and in hotel venues. By following these simple guidelines, your piano investment will keep the pianists who play it …

Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong – July-Jan 2015

The band - Andy Simmons, Felicity Visic, Scot Ranney

I’m playing music at the Captain’s Bar at the Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong from July 2015 to January. I have Andrew Simmons with me playing bass and Felicity Visic is singing. Andy started out playing with me in the 90’s at the JJ Mahoney’s club in the Seoul Grand Hyatt. That was a crazy gig, but we’ve been playing …