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Tom Olsen Music Studio Atlanta, Georgia
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Name:   Tom Olsen
Phone:   770-826-8636
Email:   tomolsenmusic@outlook.com
Website:   Click here to go to my website
Facebook:   Click here to go to my Facebook page
Twitter:   Click here to go to my Twitter page
Last Update:    2016-11-11 17:46:39
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Atlanta, Buckhead, North Fulton



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Biography:

Tom Olsen has a BA in Music Composition. He performs 150+ times/year as a soloist, with the Tom Olsen Trio, and other groups. He teaches piano at Steinway Phipps Plaza to all ages/skill levels with special emphasis on jazz and improvisation.

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Video:  
Date:  2016-11-11 17:46:39
Description:  An original tune by Tom Olsen that borrows from Love\'s Theme, Theme from Romeo and Juliet, to create a new sound for lovers. Recorded near Atlanta GA.

 
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Date:  2016-11-11 17:45:44
Description:  Tom Olsen (piano, tomolsenmusic.com), Eric Fontaine (tenor, podcast.ericfontainejazz.com), Steve Brown (bass), Paul Fallat (drums, paulfallat.com). Featured on Tom Carpenter\'s Jazz and Blues public access tv show.


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Date:  2016-11-11 17:31:11
Subject:  How to touch a piano
Blog:  If you have ever listened to an accomplished pianist performing a satisfying piece of music in public, you might overhear a statement like this: she really has a good touch. When a piano is played by someone with a good touch, your soul is moved by the music. You are hearing more than just an accurate playing of a piece - you are feeling the music. You are reacting to the music. You are experiencing the music like a journey. You have heard the opposite too. Rote playing of every note, even if it is completely accurate, somehow lacks heart and soul. The sound is mechanical, hollow, shallow. And when I hear this robotic type of playing, my emotions are detached. Believe it or not, touch is a big deal when it comes to learning how to play the piano. In fact, good touch is the difference between playing an instrument and making music. Touch is the main way to control and regulate volume. Touch is also the way to alter the quality of the tone produced - smooth, sharp, dull, bright, rough, soft, biting, tender, mournful, joyous. All of this is possible with touch. Piano is a tactile experience. You feel the notes with your fingers. Learning how hard to press down on a piano key is one of the greatest challenges, and most rewarding experiences at the same time. Each finger needs to be trained how to play the key: soft, hard, and everything in between. This requires dexterity. Muscles are used in playing piano that are rarely used in everyday life - perhaps in typing. However, in typing you never have to press down harder with certain fingers. So the more you use those piano-playing finger and hand muscles, the stronger they become, and the better you can control your playing. Now to blow your mind. The left hand and the right hand operate independently on the piano. Sometimes, your right hand has the melody in a song, and must be emphasized over the left. Sometimes it is reversed. But here is the amazing part. Certain fingers on each hand can be emphasized more than others, at the same time. Eventually you can learn this skill and the result is mind blowing. This is like the awareness that comes when you realize that the 64 colors in a crayon box can actually be mixed in a variety of ways producing hundreds of choices that did not exist before. So too are hundreds of nuances of sound produced by 10 fingers on 88 keys. Yes, a good touch can be developed, and when a piano is played with a good touch, music happens.