Monthly Archives: October 2013

Piano Technique: Practicing Trills

It’s amazing how one can fill a whole page rhapsodizing about trills. But for me they are more OPERATIC, as if a splendid soprano were singing a Mozart aria, producing the most artfully beautiful alternation of two notes. These would … Continue reading

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Adult piano instruction: the singing model in playing/practicing Chopin

There’s no doubt in my mind that Chopin’s music is allied to the opera and the New York Times featured an article on this very subject that resonates in my teaching and playing the composer’s works. From Tommasini, Arts editor: … Continue reading

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Adult sneak peek piano technique

These lesson videos-in-progress reinforce practicing approaches to warm-ups, giving a student an additional angle of the teacher’s hands. I. Crispy Cracker Staccato (D Major scale) Forearm generated at FORTE level followed by “lighter” finger strokes at “piano” dynamic. Forte=Big Projection, … Continue reading

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Adult Piano Instruction: Rockin’ and Rollin’ in Rhythmic Rehab

Tonight’s piano lesson on Facetime amounted to an impromptu jam session: A syllabic interchange coupled with clapping inspired a collaborating adult student to experience the “feel” of a beat, rising and falling with organic authenticity. The nearly “improvised” exchange between … Continue reading

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Pretty piano rooms

Dr-Lubov Laura De Valois “My studio has 4 pianos: Two acoustic grand pianos: “Yamaha C” and “Hamburg Steinway and Son”, (built around 1880), and restored in New York by Steinway. I also have an electric Kawai, “Concert Performer” CP 175, … Continue reading

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Facing the Music on FACETIME

  Burgmuller’s “SORROW” received a BOOST on FACETIME where it was the PITS on SKYPE. The latter sometimes mimics jet landings with a whoosh sound, while an echo chamber effect causes unwanted tremolos. In this “FACE”-beamed environment, a formerly LIVE … Continue reading

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NY Times: “Is Music the Key to Success?”

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/13/opinion/sunday/is-music-the-key-to-success.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1& A good portion of this opinion piece focuses on how music study fueled high-profile careers, (by and large) outside the arts arena. The writer, Joanne Lipman, is author of Strings Attached…, non-fiction that reads like a novel and honors … Continue reading

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