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My own slow practicing, Presto Agitato, Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata (VIDEO)

This was an opportunity to sift through the first part of the last movement in slow motion following the collaboration with my adult student yesterday.

My below tempo practicing, was a baby step progression to a more bravado reading. (when ripening takes effect)

This particular practice routine fleshed out various harmonic landmarks, chordal blocks, and a need for a whole arm/ supple wrist approach.

PS Was that Aiden snoring in the background? He was hidden on the window sill under the blinds whooshing away.

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Piano Lesson: An Adult student practices the Presto agitato mvt. Beethoven “Moonlight” Sonata (Video)

The Chromatic scale to the end of movement:

R.K. wished to remain anonymous because of the nature of his work, but, nevertheless, he’s a devoted student of the piano.

I met him at the American Cancer Discovery Shop, on Bullard and West in Fresno about 5 years ago when I was a regular music volunteer, showcasing pianos donated for sale. He introduced himself as a piano lover who had given up his lessons as a teen, and wanted to resume study.

R. brought “I’ve Grown Accustomed to His Face” to his very first lesson, an arrangement that was almost impossible to play, and before long he was immersed in the Classics, studying Beethoven’s “Pathetique” (all movements), Fur Elise, Mozart Sonata, K.545, and the “Moonlight” Sonata, among other challenging compositions.

R.K. is a hard worker and practices diligently except when he’s on the road.

This past evening we decided to wing it and videotape segments of his lesson with the camera pointing in my direction.

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Piano Instruction: Spot Practicing, Presto Agitato movement 3, Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata

Beethoven’s C# minor Sonata, Op. 27, No. 2, the “Moonlight”)

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