Monthly Archives: June 2013

East Coast/West Coast (East Bay) culture shock

Recently, I made a trip back East to New York City to attend my aunt’s Memorial Service, and the experience hit “home!” Being a child of the Bronx and Manhattan, my emigration to California over three decades ago, definitely came … Continue reading

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My New York City High School of Performing Arts (FAME) Yearbook and what I found

Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
I wonder how many P.A. grads still have the emblematic school pin? I just recovered mine among other memorabilia contained in a big cardboard box sent from New York City. And as…

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Piano Instruction: Learning a Mozart Minuet is never simple (K. 6 in C Major)

The charming Mozart Minuet in C Major, K. 6, requires a baby-step, layered learning approach. What makes it challenging are the variety of shapes within phrases—groupings of two notes, then longer ones, and a sloping effect in some places, and … Continue reading

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REACHING BEYOND, a documentary about an inspiring piano teacher

Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
The plentiful gifts of Irina Gorin and her brood of piano students captivated so many after You Tube postings of musical offerings revealed soulful, expressive playing by youngsters as young as 4…

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Physical fitness routines that aid piano playing

Being physically fit, bottom line, is always helpful to piano playing. That’s why I frequent the gym every day. But I’ve found specific activities that more directly improve my endurance, and increase forearm and upper arm strength. (specifically my tube … Continue reading

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Mozart Rondo Alla Turca, K. 331 updated, with instruction

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The Ideal Adult Piano student (Humor)

In a Utopian universe: Embarks upon piano study of his/her own volition. No lurking parent, prodding relative, or “cool” friend is part of the mix. Owns an acoustic piano, with 88-functioning keys. Instrument has been tuned no greater than 8 … Continue reading

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