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Joseph B.
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Making Pocket Billiards Easy - joyfull understanding of the game while learning more about yourself.
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Sharing the words and wisdom of Irving Crane... I have played billiards and devised inventions as well as new games over the many years. My mentor in the game and the art of pocket billiards was Irving Crane. Teaching the finer principles of the game and the psychology of performance at the billiard table is a legacy I would like to pass on in my life. So, here I am. If you would like to learn how not to stress out over the last ball, how to breath properly, align your shot, aim, follow through and visualize the entirety of the shot- that is a good foundation. How to plan and treat the game as a chess board, think through many shots in advance and choose the right path as it changes... these are good building blocks. if you would like your blood pressure to go down while your opponent's goes up, its a good topper. Most importantly, billiards is a game of the mind first and foremost. We play against ourselves before we play the opponent. Knowing your own process of feeling and thought is all important not only for winning the game but for having a good time doing it. I will show you techniques and strategy for different games. You will learn a way to get a better feel for the hit of the ball, and to adjust for the humidity and speed of the cloth. But most interestingly, you will do it in good style - your style. Develop confidence and a noble attitude of a gracious winner. I have trained 2-handicap players in the APA to reach 5 (7 being highest and 2 lowest) in a relatively short time, but results will of course vary with individuals. I will help you select the perfect cue for you based on your character of play and your preference of feel, weight and balance. I can also help you find investment cues. Let me know what your ideal would be and lets strive for it together! This is a sport of a peaceful meditation at its best. I recommend warming up at the table for the first half hour before starting your lesson online or in person. If we meet at a local tavern or pool hall, the cost of the table must be paid before the lesson. I look forward to meeting you and to working together!
About Joseph B.

~ Teaching beginners to professional students and coaching professionals for over 30 years. All levels and ages are welcome! ~ Hello my Friends! I am an internationally respected concert pianist and composer who comes from a family of renowned musicians. I earned my Bachelor and Master of Music Degrees from the Julliard School in its top 1% of all performers. My Doctorate of Music work took me from University of Michigan to the University of Southern California. However, I also traveled much in my lifetime to study with other historic and remarkable musicians around the world. This gave me the unique opportunity to be the fifth generation in a direct line of students to Ludwig Van Beethoven. Some of my illustrious teachers were proteges of Josef Hofmann, Felix Blumenfeld (teacher of Vladimir Horowitz), D'Albert and Bussoni, Anton Rubinstein, and Franz Liszt. It is marvelous to be able to find each other now online! You no longer have to spend years and hundreds of thousands of dollars on commitments of travel and expense for world-class education. I am glad to pass this precious knowledge to all who wish to learn and continue to keep it alive in the world! Many of my students continue our great legacy on the most prestigious stages of the world including the Met, LaScala and Carnegie Hall. All students, no matter their initial goal, continue to love and deeply understand music for their entire lives. Each lesson you take will feel informal and yet efficient in its momentum. Each person gets their own best shortcuts to their most effective technique and the most profound understanding of interpretive arts in the world of music. A complete musical literacy and education is offered but you are free to select the areas you wish to focus on and be comfortable to ask any questions as well as be sure to understand the reasons for the answers. The old world way of teaching which I do, makes sure that the student is fully aware and capable of feeling comfortable after the lesson is over. The goal is independence and pleasure of progress. Personal goals will be encouraged whether they are to perform for family or on a stage. I enjoy teaching all levels and all ages. Each is an adventure and no two are alike. We are all unique individuals joined by the universal language of music. I am happy to prepare my students and advise them for any exams preparation for university, conservatory, collage and participation in competition or festival. I am also able to offer professional advice and if appropriate an introduction in networking. I have won and judged competitions including International Competitions for which I can prepare students. I teach and advise on instrument selection and upkeep, sound recording, music appreciation, conducting, composition, chamber music and many other subjects for fully well rounded musical education. (Take a look at all the fields I teach!) I have worked with special needs students and lectured the faculty of many schools including Al Sigl Center. I taught at the Eastman and Juilliard Schools of Music, University of Michigan and at the University of Southern California. Over the years, I have given Master Classes and lectures at numerous universities and schools around the world. My international writing is published by Carrol Publishing House in UK and other publications in the United States. My editing and peer review at Oxford University is published by Frontier scientific publication and my practice of personal performance system presented at the Harvard University. My concert performances as well as my teaching is historically archived at the University of Michigan as well as at Sibley Music Library at the Eastman School of Music and University of Rochester. It is preserved there for future generations. I invite new students to my family of students internationally and locally and welcome students of all levels and ages from around the world. I really enjoy meeting musicians from different cultures and countries. I am fluent in several languages but all we need to communicate is music. Following, are some reviews, videos and photos for your consideration. I look forward to meeting you soon! ----------------- “Charming playing.... His musicality, wide intellectual horizons and intelligence entitle him to take an important part in the musical life of this country.” – Jerzy Semkow, Conductor “I am most impressed with Mr. Brodtan's ability to get the message – his message of what he believes the composer is trying to say to the listener..... With his imagination and palette to create a wide array of tone colors, I believe that Joseph Brodtan will enjoy a long life as a pianist.” – Peter Bay, Music Director of the Austin Symphony, Music Director of the Britt Festival Orchestra “In my opinion, his artistry was on the highest level of virtuosity and musicality. He is a dynamic soloist, a gifted musician with a high level of awareness concerning music literature, styles and composition. I recommend him highly. – Jeff Tyzik, Principal Pops Conductor of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra “Joseph Brodtan's musical ability is well matched by his musical taste... a great talent.” – David Zinman, Chief Conductor of Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, Artistic Director of the Aspen Music Festival “His performances are full of brilliance and poetry. Joseph captivates audiences with personal charm and profound thoughts.” – Barry Snyder, Concert Pianist, listed in the book The Most Wanted Piano Teachers in the United States "Joseph's intensity of life force contained in every beautiful tone, in his every single note was an event never forgotten. Indeed I have used his great performances as historic examples of intensity, spontaneity, detail and meaning to my many students during my decades of teaching at the Eastman School of Music. To witness such intensity of thought and passion, where the completeness of meaning in every single note became an event in itself - a memorable event with each note! Yet, all the while belonging to the whole of the phrase and interpretation with the most natural ease, the impression of Joseph's passionate concerts has stayed with me for my entire life!" – Verne Reynolds, Eastman School Professor Emeritus of Horn, Principal Horn of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. “The best interpretation of a Chopin Ballade I have ever heard! Better interpretation than any recorded by Horowitz and Rubinstein, but still in a style that is all but extinct today. Singing tone, exquisite pedaling, explosive technique and supreme musicianship combined. This is the big league playing of yesteryear.” – Ronald Broum, Music Critic for the Washington Post “Exquisite playing! We desperately need this grand romantic ideal in these times. He is one of my inspirations in the world of piano literature.” – David Dubal, Author of The Essential Canon of Classical Music and other acclaimed books, WQXR (NY Times) host of a classical program, former classical director of WNCN, Steinway Artist, Juilliard Professor of Piano Literature “His compositions show great maturity and sensitivity and I predict some major works from this musician. He is an exceptionally fine pianist and an excellent all around musician... his teaching is first rate.” – Samuel Adler, Composer, former Chair of Composition - Eastman School, Professor of the Juilliard School “ I am very moved by this music, I must say am very deeply moved by this music! I want to know more of it! I would be most interested in hearing more. I especially like his instrumental compositions, which are very interesting. I believe that a full program of Mr. Brodtan's compositions would be very good indeed and needs to happen often. He is a well trained, young composer that brings forth music of true maturity and has a rare talent for melodic writing.” – David Diamond, Composer, former Professor of the Juilliard School and historic composer of the 20th Century

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