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Rina, 5, performs at our Spring Recital (after 8 months of piano lessons) Video

Rina is moving right along. She can spin a legato phrase with finesse after having practiced her detached-note playing for months. Now she’s working on using featherlight thumbs to craft smoother lines.

Notice her supple wrist approach to the piano:

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Here’s a sample of Rina’s offerings at the May 5th evening recital held at Valley Music Center in Fresno.

More playing:

LOOKING BACK ON EARLY LESSONS WITH RINA

https://arioso7.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/looking-back-to-early-piano-lessons-with-rina-5-with-a-solid-musical-foundation-to-build-on-and-now-the-present-videos/

Teaching piano to young children

Tales of a Musical Journey by Irina Gorin



Class starting on May 19th

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

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Piano Technique: Practicing dip/roll motions, and dead weight fat lady to skinny dipper for diminuendo (Videos)

I show my 13-year old student, Albertina how to dip/roll the last measures of Burgmuller’s frenzied Ballade, while applying weight control to taper a phrase. (diminuendo)

We’re on the final lap of preparation for Saturday’s Spring Recital!

ONLINE Webcam piano classes and Instructional schedule:

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

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Launching a LIVE Webcam Piano Class at POWHOW! (Videos)

Yesterday was an experience! A writer friend had referred me to POWHOW, an online conduit for webcam-driven classes, and my first thought was HOW ON EARTH did this apply to piano lessons which held a sanctimonious ONE-to-ONE student/teacher space for centuries? (It had started in Italy with Cristofori and his miraculous pianoforte invention)

Would I be treading on hallowed ground, insulting a time-honored tradition embraced by icons, Anton Rubinstein and Sergei Leschetizky?

What would my late teacher, Lillian Freundlich say if she knew that I had dared to tweak my Logitech 1080 HD cam on video, YOU TUBING my set-up for a Skype lesson to London, England?

Two full-blown keyboards co-existed in harmony, separated by thousands of miles with a breathtaking landscape to consider in the MILLENNIUM.

One was up close and personal:

And what about the split-screen approach? (Was I bordering on the RADICAL?)

POWHOW took an even greater leap forward with a host of keyboards in the works, marked off in boxes, clicked for a close-up at any moment. Students might see one another, or remain anonymous if they chose.

The instructor, in a Honey I Blew Up the Professor image, could teach up to 30 students simultaneously. (I couldn’t imagine so many compressed cyber cubicles on my screen!)

“IT’S A SMALL WORLD AFTER ALL” blared in my ears!

What else was new?

With a simple mouse click, I could open a full screen view of myself, or promptly revert back to the keyboard angle.

A myriad of mind-boggling options!

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POWHOW TOOLS:

Rachel Simpson, an able POWHOW team member had walked me through a mosaic of boxes, clicks, sub-clicks, etc., in rapid pace.

A newbie, I felt inundated with dizzying directions!

(In a cyber-circuit shock to my nervous system, I called upon “USER FRIENDLY” as my MANTRA for pure survival!)

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The POWHOW TUTORIAL:

With my Sony mini cam poised at the right angle on its tripod, I snatched a portion of the POWHOW POWER TOOLS-related footage, adding a preview of my TOP-NOTCH TONE CLASS!

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

Top-notch Tone Class Preview:

It was a dress-rehearsal for the “LIVE” event coming soon.

A POWHOW adventure to be continued….

Stay tuned!

LINK:

Former Googler Unveils An Online Marketplace For Live, Webcam Classes (POWHOW)

http://techcrunch.com/2012/04/10/powhow-beta-launch/