A Piano Gym Workout in Staccato before J.S. BACH

The Piano Fitness Club was in full swing as a well-prepared adult student and I romped through C# minor scales (3 forms) and B Major Arpeggios. Shaping detached notes in piano to forte dynamic ranges was the focus of a quick-paced hour.

The B-Major arpeggio, rendered in sprightly 10ths, was remediated in articulated paired sub-groups within a Eurhythmics framing.

Abounding energy permeating broken chords spilled into Bach’s ebullient Courante from his French Suite No. 5, BWV 816, rounding out the lesson.

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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4 Responses to A Piano Gym Workout in Staccato before J.S. BACH

  1. Robin says:

    Ebullient? How I love that word. It does so well describe the Courante. Added to the to do list. You must be so enjoying having this guy as a student!

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  2. Laura McAmis says:

    Thank you, Shirley and Jocel. Good ideas for practicing staccato arpeggios. Nice playing Jocel!


  3. Hi Laura, Glad our collaboration was helpful. I figured it would resonate…


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