ChessPiano, like ChessMath, is CCL’s attempt to provide free prodigious development activities to our students, other than chess. CCL believes in putting the kids first and this is another attempt to help develop the more complete person.
This session was run by CCL member Harvey Friedman. Harvey is not only one of the top scholars of our time but he is also very talented at the piano. His piano skills are largely self-taught. In this session, the interested CCL students played a slow piece to the group and then Harvey worked with them on ways to improve the creative and dynamic nature of the piece. Here are Harvey’s notes on his piano background.
I took piano lessons from age 7 till just before 16, when I went to MIT – where I got my math Ph.D. just before 19. I worked little on the piano before college, and much less after college, until about age 30 when I acquired my present piano. I made slow moderate progress nearly entirely on my own for about 30 years until age 60. Around that age, I got much more serious, as I found it remarkably easy to readily improve in many aspects of performance. This has continued through this day, at age 65.