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Using piano repertoire as a springboard for a theory lesson: Major, minor and Diminished Chords (Videos)

One of my adult students is working on the gorgeous J.C. Bach Prelude in A minor which has a second page full of “Major,” “Minor” and “Diminished” chords. The sonorities progress in sequences, but they also have a secondary dominant relationship to resolving chords. The “harmonic rhythm” moves quickly.

While this particular pupil may not be ready to understand “functional” harmony or the “modulation” dimension of the broken chords as they occur in the B section, she could learn how to form “Major,” “minor” and “diminished” chords, and then appreciate their differences through ear-training exposure.

In this video, sent between lessons, I reviewed Major, minor and Diminished chords and their derivation from five-finger positions which she has been studying in the Major and Parallel minor. The fact that the chords (broken) moved in a sequence, or a pattern also helped her navigate this section.

The Secondary Dominant aspect had been briefly noted, but will be more deeply explored as the student’s scale work around the Circle of Fifths gives an opportunity to build chords on every degree of the scale, noting harmonic relationships, cadences, and modulations.

Teaching Video:

In part B, the music blossoms into a series of secondary Dominants against sobbing, sighing pairs of descending seconds, before it returns to a familiar revisit with part of the opening A section.

Sustaining a melodic line through recurring broken pattern chords is paramount to playing the Prelude poetically and musically. Varying dynamics and tapering phrases are woven into the artistic process.

Playing through entire prelude, first in chords, then as written in broken chord sequence.

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Music Theory doesn’t have to be drudgery

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Piano Lesson in progress: Beethoven “Tempest” Sonata, Op. 31, No. 2 (shaping the opening phrases) Video

An adult student practiced the transition from the opening Largo broken chord, to grouping double 8th-notes in the Allegro, by blocking them, then unraveling the duple figures.

The Adagio that followed required phrasing with an ear toward shaping the line in a different temporal universe before a spill of note-pairs in a tension-building crescendo.

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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/