Monthly Archives: December 2010

Piano Lesson: An advanced adult Student plays Chopin Etude Op. 25, No. 9

We are practicing behind tempo because the student began studying this Chopin Etude Op. 25 No. 9 about two months ago. “Joy” took piano lessons as a child and young adult, and then had a period without instruction. She started … Continue reading

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Piano Lesson: My 10 year old student plays Mozart Sonata in C, K. 545 (Video)

This ten year old student has been studying piano with me from age six. She is currently working on Bach Inventions 4, 8, and 13 along with the complete Mozart Sonata in C, K. 545 in C. In this video … Continue reading

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Piano Technique related videos

Videos on Piano Technique: http://arioso7.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/why-play-scales/ http://arioso7.wordpress.com/2011/01/12/piano-instruction-five-finger-warm-ups-in-major-and-minor-video/ http://arioso7.wordpress.com/2010/11/15/scales-and-arpeggios-with-videotaped-replay/ http://arioso7.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/piano-instruction-learning-the-f-minor-scale-video/ http://arioso7.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/the-most-reviled-scale-for-piano-players/ http://arioso7.wordpress.com/2010/12/01/playing-scales-from-legato-to-staccato-think-ping-pong-balls/ Blocking four-note chords before unblocking them as arpeggios in a sequence of inversions as prep to play the Moonlight Sonata, last movement, Presto agitato. http://arioso7.wordpress.com/2010/11/29/from-chords-to-gym-and-back-you-tube-video/ Playing a C Major scale … Continue reading

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York’s tweezers, soundboard steel, hammer stem saw etc.

York’s wood saw used to trim hammer stems and pedal rods. A string of keys from the piano tuning supply house. From Left to Right–Yellow dust cloth;Wurlitzer Duraphonic Radial soundboard; Soundboard Steel to mount a dust cloth for cleaning under … Continue reading

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Samick, York, Tofujie and me: On the piano-chasing trail

York called me from a client’s home in Clovis right after our great treasure-seeking adventure under the Kawai 7-foot grand piano. He’d been appraising a Samick studio upright manufactured in 1990 that was owned by Joel Van Ginkel. “I’d appraise it at about … Continue reading

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Piano Instruction: Part 3, Harmonic Rhythm and Phrasing, Mozart Sonata in C, K. 545, Shirley Kirsten, Piano

In part 3 of this video presentation, I explore the Development section and Recapitulation of the Mozart Sonata in C Major, K. 545 Hare are the links to Part 1 and Part 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u00VjBtn-t0 (Part 1) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8cBg_qKSeU (Part 2)

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Piano Instruction: Part two, Harmonic Rhythm and Phrasing, Mozart Sonata in C, K.545

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u00VjBtn-t0    (Part 1) This part 2 segment explores the second theme of the Mozart Sonata K.  545, first movement, which concludes the Exposition.

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Piano Instruction: Part one, Harmonic Rhythm and Phrasing, Mozart Sonata in C, K. 545, Shirley Kirsten, Piano

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8cBg_qKSeU  (Part 2) The attached video contains the first part of a tutorial on the subject of Harmonic Rhythm and Phrasing as applies to Mozart’s popular “drawing room” sonata in C, K. 545. (First Theme) I will be uploading part … Continue reading

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Did the Ghost of Fritz ever sell?

I couldn’t resist foraging through my e-mail files for an update on the Ghost of Fritz, whether it sold, was put out to pasture, or dumped, dismembered and forgotten. To my surprise, I located this communication feeding my appetite for … Continue reading

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The Ghost of Fritz? Was I Dreaming?

I had to pinch myself when I discovered a Craig’s List ad that featured “an antique baby grand piano selling for $1500.” Staring at me was a larger-than-life “Johann Fritz” that seemed to closely resemble the heart-breaker with the same … Continue reading

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