Esports Performance Applications of Piano Pedagogy

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“Fundamentals of Piano Practice” offers comprehensive guidelines for effective piano practice and performance. This book can provide valuable insights for coaches and players looking to improve their skills and esports performance.


Reid “x0tek” Johnson

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Esports Coach

Reid “x0tek” Johnson began his esports career in 2003, playing in a World Cyber Games qualifier for Age of Mythology. While he was disqualified in this first event due to his young age, x0tek’s later career tells a different story. From turn based strategy games to tactical shooters, x0tek’s nearly 20 years as a competitor would bring multiple world and national titles across a variety of games. With the advent of the pandemic in 2020, x0tek took time away from competition to explore coaching. Since then, he has:

  • Coached the first Egyptian team to ever top an international esports professional league, Team Anubis, in CrossFire
  • Coached then-Australian juggernaut the Soniqs in Valorant, reaching top-ten in the North American rankings
  • Coached Cloud9 White’s game changers roster, winning a national championship and becoming the first all-womens team to break into the top 40 rankings of a major esport
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What Will You Learn?

  • Fundamentals of Piano Practice - Book Review
  • Introduction
  • Origins
  • Structure and Synopsis
  • Key Lessons
  • Conclusion
  • TL;DR and Tips for Coaches
  • Further Reading
  • Quiz


You might be wondering why there is an article about piano practice on an esports-focused educational platform. If this article were just about practicing piano, it would have no place whatsoever here. However, Fundamentals of Piano Practice is not a typical “piano” book.

It does not provide a list of exercises, ranging from the beginner level to the expert. It does not provide a lesson plan, nor does it offer much advice as to which songs to play. Going through the pages, you won’t find a song among them. For that matter, you’ll be hard pressed to find a single note!

Instead, author Chuan C. Chang’s masterpiece focuses on something far less banal: comprehensive guidelines to effective practice and performance.

Fundamentals of Piano Practice touches on an incredibly wide and versatile array of topics, ranging from injury prevention, to the importance of mental play and memorization, to even optimizing practice routines!

The original book spans hundreds of pages and topics, so we can’t hope to cover every single chapter within the book. However, we’ll be looking at some of its key lessons, while providing some critical insight for how they apply to disparate aspects of esports. To begin, a brief introduction to the ultimate book on piano practice.

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