Category Archives: With your own Two Hands by Seymour Bernstein

Piano playing at its most inspirational level

Divine music-making from a seasoned pianist in a memorable retrospective Continue reading

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The Transfer Piano Student

I would hate to pigeon hole all “transfer” students in one way or another. It would be unfair, and unfortunately many piano teachers shy away from prospects who were immersed in learning environments where little progress was made over a … Continue reading

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Killer advice from Seymour Bernstein for the Killer mid-section, Chopin Nocturne in F, Op. 15 no. 1 (Videos)

Two areas are explored in the first video based on the content of Seymour Bernstein’s communications. 1) Wrist motions in the Right Hand (measures 25 and on) The following exercise, recommended by Seymour was very helpful: “First, at measure 25 … Continue reading

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Practicing knotty piano passages, and tips on how to avoid fatigue while boosting technique (Videos)

At my You Tube Channel site, I routinely pick up comments daily, and the majority center on piano technique. While I lay no claim to being an expert in this complex universe, my trial and error practicing over decades has … Continue reading

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Accept where you are in your piano studies, know your limitations, but still strive to improve (VIDEO)

This is my credo or philosophy that allows for imperfection without self-punishment. Yet students of all levels tend to invalidate their own performances despite growth spurts springing from dedicated practicing. Many have done all the layered learning steps, but have … Continue reading

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The Chopin Bb minor Nocturne, Op. 9, No. 1, and arm/hand rotation/phrasing (Video)

Chopin’s Bb minor Nocturne (Night Piece) requires a player to use a full arm rotation to fluidly play the arpeggios in the left hand that span over an octave. These broken chords which fill a large space by their expansion, … Continue reading

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A long distance Chopin Nocturne Makeover that might help others

It’s amazing that at 3 a.m. in the morning, I’d be fussing around with the Chopin Nocturne in E minor (Op. 72, No. 1) that I’d previously embedded in a blog about revisiting old repertoire. Either my kind neighbors love … Continue reading

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Birds spring to life in these collections for piano!

Here’s a case of music composed by a pianist who has an abundance of talent in so many directions that it’s dizzying! If I thought LEONARD Bernstein was the renaissance man, with gifts as a conductor, pianist, composer, and mentor, … Continue reading

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Horowitz plays Liszt’s Consolation No. 3 and why it’s so beautiful to our ears

Every so often a performance like this pops up on You Tube that allows the listener to reflect upon why the playing is so moving. This Romantic era composition, in slow tempo is no race to the finish line. The … Continue reading

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Seymour Bernstein, pianist, imparts wisdom about the “undulating” wrist and its influence on the singing tone (Video)

This is my favorite video in a You Tube series featuring Seymour Bernstein, pianist/master teacher, and author of With Your Own Two Hands, a piano learning classic. Part #4 is an engaging demonstration of how the “undulating” wrist helps to … Continue reading

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