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The value and application of slow piano practicing

Angela Hewitt boldly emphasizes the importance of slow practicing in this brief video segment. She states that everything you do behind tempo should be molded into a faster reading as to phrasing, dynamics, etc. And it goes without saying that … Continue reading

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Can we rise above the hammer mechanism of our beloved piano?

I say yes to naysayers on various Internet forums. They would have you believe that playing a series of notes cannot be altered by a physical approach to the keys that includes a supple wrist. Their gospel is, it’s all … Continue reading

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Should a teacher demonstrate phrasing and interpretation for a student?

I asked a few piano teachers and a harpsichordist if they felt playing passages, phrases for a student was a viable way to teach, and why? Seymour Bernstein, author, With Your Own Two Hands, rendered a riveting opinion: “I have … Continue reading

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Practicing a Mozart Andante movement, using a “singing pulse”

Murray Perahia clarified the “singing pulse” when he discussed a form of rubato, or flexible time that he believed could apply to Classical era repertoire. In an interview conducted by Sir Dennis Forman in the 1980s, the pianist, known as … Continue reading

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Piano Instruction, Mozart Sonata in Bb, K. 281 (first movement)

I explore the Exposition, movement 1, Allegro, and ways to practice within a slow tempo frame: Play Through: LINK: The Most Reviled Scale http://arioso7.wordpress.com/2011/02/25/the-most-reviled-scale-for-piano-players/

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Piano Instruction: Mozart Sonata No. 16 in C Major, K. 545, Allegro (updated Video)

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Piano Instruction: Burgmuller, The Storm, “L’Orage” Op. 109 No. 13 (Expect turbulence)

Don’t let this be a one-night stand piece but rather a long-term relationship. I dared to overnight it as prep for a new student who tossed it my way, but upon reflection, I sat down at the piano, and produced … Continue reading

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Piano Instruction: Mozart Minuet in F, K. 2

Play Through Such delightful music sprang from an inspired little Mozart who at age 6, composed this Minuet in F. His father, Leopold, “notated his son’s pieces in a notebook recording the exact date of almost every composition.” (K. 2 … Continue reading

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Ear Training and Transposing are intrinsic to piano lessons (examples from an Adult lesson in progress)

It’s not easy to plan a one hour piano lesson to include ear training, solfege and transposing. (They belong together, bundled with Theory, and enrich the learning environment) At the Oberlin Conservatory, Theory, Keyboard Harmony, and Eurhythmics were taught separately. … Continue reading

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Spot practicing Chopin’s Waltz in C# minor with an adult student

This pupil demonstrates patient, behind tempo practicing: My play through (with flexible forward wrist motions to help sculpt phrases) LINK: http://arioso7.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/piano-warm-up-routines-with-an-adult-student/

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