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When sight-reading is not enough: Learning a new piano piece from the ground up so we can teach it to our students (Videos)

I'm reminded of a quote attributed to Sviatoslav Richter when asked how he approached a challenging new composition of virtuoso proportion: His reply-- "I read a new piece and then start practicing the place that irritates me the most. After learning that one I move to the next irritation, etc." Well, most of us would… Continue reading When sight-reading is not enough: Learning a new piano piece from the ground up so we can teach it to our students (Videos)

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Trills and Domenico Scarlatti (Video)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyXvet9KrLc In a separate writing about crossed hands, large leaps, and other keyboard acrobatics, I'd discussed trills which permeate Domenico Scarlatti's music. Perhaps these precious ornaments evoked the gypsy wails in the surrounding Madrid countryside, or they were part of the performance practice of the Baroque period. I would hedge my bets that hunting horns,… Continue reading Trills and Domenico Scarlatti (Video)

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Rina, age 4, has her THIRD piano lesson using Irina Gorin’s “Tales of a Musical Journey” (Videos in 6 parts)

I enjoyed today's musical adventure with Rina but not all lesson segments are reproduced in completion in order to control length. In instances where my student used her Right Hand, we continued the activity with her Left Hand which is an important component of Irina Gorin's "Musical Journey" through the kingdom of sounds. Every video… Continue reading Rina, age 4, has her THIRD piano lesson using Irina Gorin’s “Tales of a Musical Journey” (Videos in 6 parts)

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Relaxation in piano playing and setting a good example for students (Videos)

By all accounts, the piano instructor should be the model of what she embraces as her teaching philosophy at lessons. For example, as I slip into my weeping willow tension-free state, I keep hammering away at my students to relax. But sometimes they're just too wired from pressures at work or at home to unwind… Continue reading Relaxation in piano playing and setting a good example for students (Videos)

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Rina, age 4, has her second piano lesson using “Tales of a Musical Journey” (videos in 6 parts)

I'm videotaping all of Rina's lessons as I travel with her through the "Magical Kingdom of Sounds" from Irina Gorin's Tales of a Musical Journey. Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0WNfp5QIDU Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wYkLIYsMQcY Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ph7zWYNqNkk Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xK1EuaqWAVs Part 5: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfXHUEhnEsc Part 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iqDSmdRgFx4 RELATED: Rina's first piano lesson https://arioso7.wordpress.com/2011/08/04/piano-lessons-starting-rina-a-4-year-old-using-irina-gorins-tales-of-a-musical-journey-book-1-videos-in-parts/ Rina's THIRD Piano Lesson: https://arioso7.wordpress.com/2011/08/18/rina-age-4-has-her-third-piano-lesson-using-irina-gorins-tales-of-a-musical-journey-videos-in-6-parts/

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Piano Instruction: A Beautiful Mozart Minuet in F Major, K. 5 that enlists the dipping wrist (Videos)

I stumbled upon this musical gem when I purchased Mozart, 14 of his Easiest Pieces (Alfred, publisher) Not at all deceived by the description "easiest," I read through the collection knowing the challenge of interpreting the master's music with expression and refinement. It should be noted that this Minuet was composed by Mozart at the… Continue reading Piano Instruction: A Beautiful Mozart Minuet in F Major, K. 5 that enlists the dipping wrist (Videos)

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Piano Instruction: Chopin Prelude No. 4 in E minor, Op. 28, Teacher, Shirley Kirsten

http://youtu.be/By2h_rr9JSM http://youtu.be/TIWxLbW3Z38 Chopin composed 24 Preludes in Op. 28 exploring 24 different keys (Major and minor) with each Prelude having its own mood and character. In my step-by-step practicing of the E minor Prelude, I start with the Left Hand with its chordal mosaic, and listen attentively for descending chromatic movement between chords. In the… Continue reading Piano Instruction: Chopin Prelude No. 4 in E minor, Op. 28, Teacher, Shirley Kirsten