Piano Technique: Enlisting arpeggios to create mood shifts (Video)

A piano teacher can use the technique portion of a lesson to explore emotions or moods. The student can be instructed to play an arpeggio or scale in a tender way, or with “anger,” “happiness,” etc.

I prefer this type of technique-framed mood exploration to an enlistment of Baroque, Classic or Romantic era repertoire for the same purpose.

In the video below, I play a C Major arpeggio with various emotional prompts to myself, demonstrating how this approach might be applied to lessons.

P.S. Some piano teachers, might oppose applying emotional tags to music, preferring a more abstract frame of reference.

OTHER:

Some suggested routines with arpeggios:

About arioso7: Shirley Kirsten

International piano teacher by Skype, recording artist, composer, piano finder, freelance writer, film maker, story teller: Grad of the NYC HS of Performing Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, NYU (Master of Arts) Studies with Lillian Freundlich and Ena Bronstein; Master classes with Murray Perahia and Oxana Yablonskaya. Studios in BERKELEY and EL CERRITO, California; Member, Music Teachers Assoc. of California, MTAC; Distance learning and Skyped instruction with supplementary videos: SKYPE ID, shirleypiano1 Contact me at: shirley_kirsten@yahoo.com OR http://www.youtube.com/arioso7 or at FACEBOOK: Shirley Smith Kirsten, http://facebook.com /shirley.kirsten TWITTER: http://twitter.com/arioso7 Private fund-raising for non-profits as pianist--Public Speaking re: piano teaching and creative approaches
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