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Piano Instruction: Allemande from J.S. Bach French Suite no. 5 in G Major

Andras Schiff, known for playing Bach “purely” without pedal, encourages piano students to indulge J.S. as actors cultivate Shakespeare. It’s our daily “bread,” he insists. Regardless of his mixed metaphor, I concur that studying the works of Johann Sebastian Bach … Continue reading

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Piano Instruction: Piecing out and Practicing J.S. Bach Little Prelude in F, BWV 927

One of my colleagues who filmed a tutorial on this gem, called it a “BEGINNER” composition, yet, in truth, it’s not in the easy column. It demands a fluent technique and a thoughtful approach to learning that includes harmonic analysis, … Continue reading

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Learning J.S. Bach’s B minor Invention No. 15 (BWV 786) in baby steps

Both embedded videos track my step-by-step approach to learning this beautiful composition. In the part one Instruction, I play slowly through the right hand to explore the subject, its articulation, fingering, execution of ornaments, and follow-up strand of 16th notes. … Continue reading

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Bach to nature: Pairing a Prelude with scenes from Tilden Regional Park (Berkeley CA)

I didn’t think twice about getting double mileage from re-playing J.S. Bach’s ethereal Prelude in C minor, BWV 847. It turned out to be nature-inspired. On a late afternoon trail trek to Tilden Park, I came equipped with a modest … Continue reading

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I have to practice to keep up with my piano students

I have one particular adult pupil who’s pushed the envelope to its limit. He sends me demanding “new” pieces he wants to learn in short order. Not that I necessarily approve of the rapid turnover of compositions, but I have … Continue reading

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My NYC visit with Seymour Bernstein, pianist, teacher, author and composer

Seymour Bernstein is about to add a movie to his list of artistic conquests. A documentary produced and directed by Ethan Hawke is in progress, and who knows, it might land an Oscar. Seymour is so multi-talented that it’s difficult … Continue reading

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My complete analysis of Bach’s Little Prelude in D minor, BWV 926 (Video)

This in-depth examination of Bach’s composition follows a Skype lesson. Most long-distance learning students need this reinforcement to make good use of their practice time during the week. LINK: http://arioso7.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/bachs-little-prelude-in-d-minor-bwv-926-is-by-no-means-diminutive-videos/

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Bach’s “Little” Prelude in D minor, BWV 926 is by no means diminutive (Videos)

Over Skype, a student in Greece and I gain profound insights about how to phrase Bach’s Little Prelude in D minor. Continue reading

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The piano teacher as conductor–sometimes shaping gestures help a student phrase better (Video)

I couldn’t resist an opportunity to conduct my student playing the Bach Invention 13 in A minor today. She’s preparing two selections for a competitive Baroque event coming up in two weeks, and the second offering is the Prelude in … Continue reading

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Murray Perahia, pianist, is in a league of his own! (Videos)

Okay, so I borrowed a snatch from a movie title about a woman’s baseball team keeping the diamond percolating with energy during World War II. And Geena Davis did a superb job as the lead, but in all honesty, Murray … Continue reading

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