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Beatriz Boizan is a pianist with a compelling story

Beatriz Boizan was nineteen when she left Cuba. She arrived in Canada to celebrate her 20th birthday with a big, resounding YAY! I spotted the pianist on You Tube in a performance of Haydn's majestic Sonata no 52 in Eb. Recorded "LIVE" in concert, the playing revealed an engaging spontaneity and sparkle. Because I'd been… Continue reading Beatriz Boizan is a pianist with a compelling story

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A Romp through F# Major scales and arpeggios

F# Major, from a certain perspective, happens to be one of the easier scales to play because it falls into patterns of triple black and double black keys with thumbs meeting in between. In fact, both hands have mirror fingers on the black notes. That's why piano teachers will often introduce the F# Major scale… Continue reading A Romp through F# Major scales and arpeggios

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Piano Technique: Practicing Arpeggios in 10ths, and in Contrary motion

I've selected broken chord chains or arpeggios (harp-like figures) that have symmetries between the hands when played in 10ths, and separately in contrary motion. Taken together, these are not pedantic exercises, but expressive romps over many octaves culminating in a rotation at the turnaround to the descent in pleasing contour. In the second instruction, my… Continue reading Piano Technique: Practicing Arpeggios in 10ths, and in Contrary motion

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Piano Technique: How to organize and practice a Major scale in 6ths

I chose the Ab Major scale as my springboard for this demonstration. Its KEY SIGNATURE has the mnemonic BEAD (Bb, Eb, Ab, Db) I recommend practicing the scale hands alone at first in its Root position to clarify fingering. Then by playing up the scale in the Right Hand to the sixth note, we land… Continue reading Piano Technique: How to organize and practice a Major scale in 6ths

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Piano Technique: A styled staccato with a dipping wrist

I find that adding supple wrist dips to staccato within any dynamic range helps to style and shape lines, phrases, etc. Here's it's first executed within a scale framework. A cat cameo appearance is the opener. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXKU2qKdaMw Now a sample of shaped staccato in the soft range, played after a nicely contoured legato. (just snip… Continue reading Piano Technique: A styled staccato with a dipping wrist

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Appealing Piano Repertoire for the Advanced Beginner

Three selected short pieces offer musical enticement for students who've survived the method book phase and need rejuvenating connections with the masters, albeit via contemporaries of the glittery Classical era giants. In one instance, I discovered a gem dating back to the Elizabethan era. It happens to be a re-do of "Go No More A'Rushing,"… Continue reading Appealing Piano Repertoire for the Advanced Beginner

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Revisiting Schubert Impromptu in Eb, Op. 90, No. 2

Since I have two students immersed in this gorgeously spun out Impromptu, my review has been perfectly timed. http://youtu.be/daHh9E1rNos Schubert's composition challenges the player to be lyrical through swaths of triplets. These roll out as fast but contoured melody. Laying a good learning foundation requires attentive listening and a well-conceived fingering tied to Slow practicing.… Continue reading Revisiting Schubert Impromptu in Eb, Op. 90, No. 2