18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Saturday, July 26, 1913: Ma wanted me to keep digging at my music this morning. I don’t like to practice very well.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Oh dear, Grandma just began taking piano lessons on June 13—it’s sad that she’s already tiring of practicing.
Playing the piano must have been extremely popular a hundred years ago. Back then there was even a column called “Piano Questions Answered by Josef Hofmann” in Ladies Home Journal.
Today I’m sharing two examples from his columns.
Playing Staccato and Legato Together
How can one play staccato when there are two voices, as in the notes of the second measure of the example? Naomi
Why should one finger be unable to play staccato while another finger of the same hand holds a key down? It takes a little practice, it is true, but it is by no means difficult, much less impossible.
Ladies Home Journal (March, 1912)