The day is fast approaching when Online students will meet the LIVE ones who are here in Berkeley, California. As a pretest of connections for the SKYPE contingent, we set aside this past Sunday, coordinating time differences in Europe, the East and West Coast. Two of our ONLINE students were not able to make it,… Continue reading Preparing for a SKYPE/LIVE student recital
Yesterday, my Logitech cam was un-clipped from the Big Mac during a lesson to Greece. The pupil, hanging out on the island of Kos, needed a graphic representation of my hands braving a few difficult measures in Bach's Little Fugue in C Major, BWV 952. It's the composition where the composer challenges the player to… Continue reading Bringing the Keyboard closer to the long distance piano student
http://youtu.be/MgwB3JESuG0 "Inquietude" from Burgmuller's Op. 100 collection of Twenty-Five Progressive pieces, invites a player to examine harmonic progressions as a clue to phrasing a composition that's often pounded to death with unnecessary DOWNBEAT accents. Seymour Bernstein, distinguished pianist, teacher and author, noted in a recent conversation we shared in New York City, that our musical… Continue reading Piano Instruction: Don’t always accentuate the downbeat– Burgmuller’s music proves it (Video)
By reassigning a web cam to my knee, I was able to assist a student with a nagging measure.
Over Skype, a student in Greece and I gain profound insights about how to phrase Bach's Little Prelude in D minor.
A piano student in Greece uses mental imagery to improve his staccato playing
Since there's a 9-hour difference between my West Coast locale and London, England, I had ample time to prep my external cam for the right keyboard angle. Conversely, the student beaming in from Europe had her SWEEX HD all lined up, with a link to Amazon where she purchased it, but not to THE AMAZON,… Continue reading Preparing for a Skyped piano lesson to Europe by tweaking a Logitech Cam (Videos)