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

  1. I see that you teach what one of my teachers called the “floating elbow technique.” I learned a lot from him about tone production and relaxation.


    • 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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