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 be undulating, and grouped in such a way, that their lilt would be apparent. In fact, they could not be typewritten, because a singer would not use her fingers. Yet if we transfer trills to the piano, many players will approach them as static notes, without dipping or shaping them as a vocalist would.

In two videos, I attempt to rise above the mechanics of tapping neighbor notes back and forth, and “sing” through my trills by grouping them in my mind, knowing what I want to hear. In baby steps, I play through slow measured trills, artfully moving into tempo with grace and beauty. (listening attentively)

From the last 2 measures of Mozart Sonata in C, K. 545 (Exposition)

Mozart trill

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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