Left Hand Technique: Taylor Eigsti

While I was at the Brubeck Institute, in Stockton, CA, I had the priviledge of working with a great young pianist, Taylor Eigsti. Taylor is one of my favorite people to study with and I go back to him for lessons whenever I feel in need of some inspiration. Whenever I feel bored with a subject, he instantly finds a way to challenge me. I have lots of great ideas and exercises that I will eventually get around to posting about that I have learned from Taylor, but I wanted to take a look at this video of him playing “Like Someone In Love.” You’ll notice that throughout the video he uses lots of great runs in his left hand to fill up space, acting as exciting, modern-sounding fills.

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Getting Rid of Arm Pain: Checklist

Step 1: Exercise

Step 2: Stretch

Step 3: Sleep!

Step 4: Posture

Step 5: Eat Right

Step 6: Receive Treatment

Step 7: Vitamins & Supplements

Step 8: Meditate

How to Get Rid of Tendonitis

As a jazz pianist who suffered from severe tendonitis, I want this category to serve as a place where musicians can refer for help with their own personal arm problems. The following posts in this category will outline steps that you can take in order to cure your arm problems.

You know you have it bad when your mom has to help you get your clothes on. When I was a freshman in high school, I would wake up, dial my mom on the phone, and she’d come help me get dressed. My pain was so bad that I couldn’t manage to pull a shirt over my head. Over the course of the next few years, I saw every type of doctor imaginable, as well as exploring alternative options which included acupuncture, rolfing, chiropractics, Alexander Technique, personal trainers, and probably some others that I’m forgetting at the moment.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. Hopefully soon I will have some other arm pain experts helping me out with this category as well.