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Piano Technique: Practicing an E Major Arpeggio during a lesson-in-progress (Video with tips on creating a rolling contour)

This piano student will gain a lot by reviewing footage taken at her lesson. It provides a practicing framework that zeroes in on the physical/musical aspects of creating a contoured arpeggio.

Here’s video where I’m teaching Sakura, 13, who’s studied piano with me for 3 years.

We worked on rolling, relaxed arms, supple wrists, and transitions from legato to staccato playing.

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2 thoughts on “Piano Technique: Practicing an E Major Arpeggio during a lesson-in-progress (Video with tips on creating a rolling contour)”

    1. Thanks for sharing. I never labeled my approach as a floating elbow, but found physical motions that aided the singing tone: relaxed arms, supple wrist, “forward arm roll” (as Seymour Bernstein terms it)
      Many influences.. Irina Morozova, Irina Gorin, Lillian Lefkovsky Freundlich (NYC), Ena Bronstein (Barton) The physical ingredients of playing the piano are paramount to my teaching. And naturally, ear training, sensitivity to tone and touch all belong together.

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