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Tchaikovsky Competition, Round ONE: My favorite performers and those undeservedly overlooked who never made it to Round 2

First a big congratulations to George Li, whose opening recital earned him passage to the next round. He’s scheduled to play today, Sunday, June 21, at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight time. (1 p.m. EDT) Li’s Program: Sergei Rachmaninov. Variations on … Continue reading

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Multi-cam views during Skype or Facetime piano lessons

Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
I’m now a three-time Logitech webcam user with a long range panoramic capability and two close-up keyboard views, (including an overhead) that’s a mouse tap away. For trill and ornament demonstrations, I…

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Piano technique lesson segments flow nicely into repertoire

Today, the technique portion of a Face Time lesson to North Carolina complemented the main musical course, Chopin’s Waltz in A minor, Op. Posthumous. It was a harmonious streaming with thumbs swinging; arms floating; and scale contouring that fed well-shaped … Continue reading

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Piano Technique: Selective, MINDFUL repetition to avoid overuse injury

After decades of observing students practicing their scales, arpeggios, five-finger positions, and myriads of permutations (parallel/contrary motion, longs strands of 10ths, 6ths, etc) I’ve observed many jumpstarts, anticipations, and anxious out-of-synch doubling of tempo on the turnarounds in scales, that … Continue reading

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Live Streaming a National Chopin Piano Competition–Final Round, Sunday, March 1

The brave new universe of Internet technology allows a global-wide audience to gaze at, and listen to accomplished young pianists vying for top prizes. With a mouse click, the latest competitive milieu in Florida minus swaying palm trees and ocean … Continue reading

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Treading on hallowed ground: the challenge of maintaining fine pianos after a personal tragedy

Originally posted on Arioso7's Blog (Shirley Kirsten):
I kept this controversial blog topic in my back pocket for safe keeping until a close friend fired off an e-mail with a link to a recent movie review of Pianomania: From…

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Melodic minor scales: The ends justify the means

A select group of minor scales (melodic form) have ENDS that need particular attention. That is, there are fingering ALTERATIONS that must be made to SUIT them, creating a better fit for the hands, and a smoother line from start … Continue reading

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