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A Fourth Skyped Piano Lesson with an 8-yr. old (Excerpts on two videos: supple wrist warm-ups and Chopin Waltz)

I set up two camcorders during today’s piano lesson with the intention of capturing views from the teacher and student perspective. If I had more video-editing expertise I would have synchronized multiple tracks like ESPN does for its instant replays, etc.


With modest video equipment, I recorded an 8-yr. old’s 4th Skyped lesson of which a few snatches are showcased.

The first clip focuses on the supple wrist in practicing pentascales or five-finger positions. (The routine was to play in the Major key followed by the parallel minor, same direction both hands–then a run through in contrary motion)

The pupil started with quarters and worked her way through to 8th notes, 16ths, and finally to 32nds in legato and staccato playings (Forte/piano or Loud/soft)

After her C Major/ c minor warm-up, she continued with the Chopin Waltz number 19 in A minor, Op. Posthumous, in a slowly rendered practice tempo.

After these first two lesson segments, we began work on the Clementi Sonatina in C Major, Op. 36 No. 1, which is not previewed on video.

AUGUST 7, 2011 (2 videos)



BEFORE: July 7, 2011

AFTER: July 25, 2011


July 17, 2011 (SECOND SKYPED LESSSON) A Third one occurred on 7/23/2011 and the first took place on 7/13/2011.


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