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Adult sneak peek piano technique

These lesson videos-in-progress reinforce practicing approaches to warm-ups, giving a student an additional angle of the teacher’s hands.

I. Crispy Cracker Staccato
(D Major scale)

Forearm generated at FORTE level followed by “lighter” finger strokes at “piano” dynamic.
Forte=Big Projection, Piano=Soft

FLASHBACK video, (A Major scale in Staccato) before my relocation to Berkeley–same student LIVE, playing on my Steinway M Grand. Light staccato focus, smooth curve around with rotation. (relaxation, arms, wrists)

Arpeggio, D Major in 10ths–smooth passage of thumbs under “tunnel” fingers at different temporal moments between the hands. Preserve a rolling motion.


II. HOPPING in THIRDS, Ab Major and minor in Five-finger positions

Build up tempo in proportioned rhythm; divide voices of thirds; explore side-to-side (lateral) motion in prep for advanced tempo; drag thirds first in legato (dead weight in), then “snip” into staccato. Adjust position of hands when needed; develop a “feel” for geographies and new “centers of gravity”

III. Ab Major pentascale (five-finger position) Work on “feeling” the beat; reinforce “auditory memory” through clapping and syllabic routines.
(“Ear training/Eurhythmics”)

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LINK
https://arioso7.wordpress.com/2012/06/30/piano-warm-ups-and-the-art-of-breathing-video/

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Piano Technique: Focusing on Rotation in arpeggios, and building up a scale (Videos)

These are two supplementary videos that I created for adult students between lessons. As previously mentioned, they clarify and reinforce the content of our class, and map out ways to practice.

I. ROTATION at the turnaround of a B minor Arpeggio

Exploring the curve at the very top of the figure with an energy boost to transition smoothly in the descent (legato and staccato playing in two dynamic ranges)

II. The roll-in, wrist forward motion when starting the arpeggio, or coming around in a sequence of playings

C Major Scale

I. Blocking (separate hands)–block out “tunnels” through which the thumb passes (D,E and then GAB with thumbs played softly in between)

II. Find common fingers and notes between the hands (such as 3’s on E and A) Same for common thumb points.

III. Scope out the “bridge” over the octave, B, C, D and note how the fingers of each hand are in “mirror” or reciprocal relationship with each other. (practice finding these “neighborhoods.”)

IV. Format the scale once internal relationships are explored (Practice legato to staccato)

Practice the scale with a singing-tone Mezzo Forte (and don’t forget curve around “rotation” at the top before the descent)

Two octaves, quarter notes
Two octaves, 8th notes, with wrist dips in pairs of notes
Three octaves, rolling triplets
Four octaves, 16ths (legato)
Four octaves 16ths staccato (Forte)–Staccato is “a snip away from legato.”
Four octaves 16ths staccato (piano)

LINK:

http://www.powhow.com/classes/shirley-kirsten