In Perfect Harmony: Steinway grand and Yamaha Arius digital

These two music-makers are currently close companions. I moved Arius out of isolation to a more socially and musically compatible locale well after Steinway Upright 1098 was sold. The space-saving that accrued was particularly beneficial.


Now that both grand and electronic live in side-by-side harmony (A 440-wise), I can slip under my acoustic and settle in for a round of nighttime practicing (with earphones), and by morning, after a digital hangover, shuffle over to my acoustic for a tone refresher.

Arius and Steinway

Given this new physical arrangement, duet playing becomes a piece of cake with added perks: I have three Web Cams monitoring my movements to and from both instruments. Call it a SURVEILLANCE set-up. Seated at either “piano,” charged or un-charged, I can be magnified on a BIG MAC screen, and recorded if desired.

Two of three Logitech web cams







SKYPE students won’t notice any big changes, however, since I remain front and MAC-centered, teaching on the Steinway grand.

But just for the fun of it, I challenged myself to record Beethoven’s Adagio Cantabile (“Pathetique,” Sonata 8, movement 2) on Arius to validate her voice, since she might otherwise be trashed as a “plug-in.”

MORE Playing samples:

Right before Arius moved to Berkeley, CA


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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