Bringing the Keyboard closer to the long distance piano student

Yesterday, my Logitech cam was un-clipped from the Big Mac during a lesson to Greece.

holding clearly knee cam

The pupil, hanging out on the island of Kos, needed a graphic representation of my hands braving a few difficult measures in Bach’s Little Fugue in C Major, BWV 952.

closeup hands bach 952

It’s the composition where the composer challenges the player to devise a humane way of dividing a voice between the hands. There are a few awkward places. For most pupils, a voice or two, or three, in this case, can get lost in the fabric if not fleshed out by a willing and helpful teacher. But as a rule, the instructor should do the leg work well in advance of leading an adventure through the rockies.

bach fugue 952 p 1

I must admit to having logged enough miles on this one to get through the journey in one piece. (And be a reasonably good guide)

Bach fugue BWV 952 p2

To cut a long story short, I videotaped the lesson in progress, where the mini-cam assisted my efforts, but having quickly realized that little Logi, had a mind of its own, slipping and sliding off my knee, I decided to make a separate, personalized video, with a blown up view of my hands. It was unimpeded by the forces of gravity.

better knee cam

Here are my initial Logitech assists:

1) The lesson-in-progress videos

2) The blow-up view using a post-lesson, separate camcorder that I aimed down at my hands

A flashback to a “knee jerk posting,” where a Mozart ornament was navigated with Logitech at the helm.

right-hand-plays-logitech-knee 3

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: OR or at FACEBOOK: Shirley Smith Kirsten, /shirley.kirsten TWITTER: Private fund-raising for non-profits as pianist--Public Speaking re: piano teaching and creative approaches
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