Sunday, December 28, 2008

2008 Year-End Search Engine Keywords Extravaganza

People sometimes search for the strangest things. Now that the Collaborative Piano Blog has been active for over three years, it has a wealth of content both new and old, steady traffic, rising subscriber numbers, good search engine ranking, and a huge number of searchable entry points into past articles. Here are just a few keywords in the last month whose results landed the searchers on the Collaborative Piano Blog, with some possible answers to their queries in parentheses:

  • best 1 hour practice system (Hint: try it at least three times a day for best results)
  • youtube sock opera the perfect match (not released to YouTube yet - check your Bravo!Canada listings in order to see reruns of it)
  • yehuda gilad work ethic clarinet (I played in Yehuda's studio at the Bowdoin Festival a few years ago and can certainly attest to a strong work ethic that he both demands of himself and instils in his students)
  • where can i download free dresden dolls companion (some things are better left unsaid)
  • the voice of bach taylor (his first name is Daniel, not Bach)
  • teacher vs. coach (in this corner, we have the reigning champion...)
  • sight reading improving (glad to hear about it)
  • shubert's the e king (try the song in e minor and you'll get this)
  • schuubert's "the e??? king" (spelling fail)
  • schubert's "the e--- king" (see above)
  • schubert's "the e...king" (see above)
  • royal conservatory versus faber (my studio at the RCM overlooks Varsity Stadium, which might be a good venue for such a matchup)
  • quotes on the art of piano accompanying (here's one: Listen!)
  • playing erlkonig (perhaps a cape might work for the costume)
  • piano learn rapidshare blogger ( should opt for a real teacher rather than virus-infested download if you wish to learn piano properly)
  • piano lesson scam (see above)
  • piano lesson scams (see above)
  • piano pedagogy + letter to parents template (obviously Billy hasn't been practicing)
  • piano fingering sloppy (well, fix it then!)
  • piano accompanist billing software (three letters: MTH)
  • piano accompanists wanted in toronto (is this an SOS?)
  • pianist out of work (see above)
  • pianistrobot (I personally prefer hearing humans play)
  • laptop can't play naxos cd (can't help you there)
  • jascha heifetz misogynist (really? I never knew)
  • james brown piano (get on up...)
  • improve sidereading piano (hint: face front)
  • how to thank a choral accompanist who plays flawlessly (a raise would be nice, as well as a pound of chocolates from La Maison du Chocolat)
  • how to get better at the piano (all together now...PRACTICE!!!)
  • how much time does an accompanist needed to learn a piece (as long as it takes)
  • geocties piano (that is soooooo 1998)
  • ferrari-red steinway (about the same price as a steinway-red ferrari)
  • elizabeth macdonald makeover (I'm sure she would be glad to come to Toronto to give you some advice, for a small consulting fee)
  • erlkonig moore substitution (and warming up on the sidelines is Gerald Moore, veteran of many a concert season at the Wigmore...)
  • elitism in piano teaching (hint: be sure to name-drop before you answer the student's question)
  • did the hockey strike kill the cbc radio orchestra (maybe)
  • dealing with accompanists 2008 (groan)
  • cpb winter gala victoria (and to think they didn't even invite me)
  • collaborative pianist vs pianist? (an inner struggle, perhaps)
  • christmas carols transposed to a lower key (as Madame K used to say, just put your hands over the new key and play the song)
  • 2008 fees paid to classical pianists (wouldn't we all like to know the answer to that)
  • warming up piano (get your furnace fixed)
  • schumann rules (Yesssss!)
  • how do you go about opening a niche site or storethat have adsense ads? (I think DoshDosh can help you on that)
  • chris foley books on piano (there's an excellent idea for the future)
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