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March 7   -  Arioso7's Blog

Building a piano lesson around J.S. Bach Invention 4 (d minor)

The scale of D minor (Harmonic form) feeds nicely into the study of Bach’s Invention 4, BWV 775, and within this Baroque inspired universe, Alton, (Life Begins at 77) continued his musical journey. First my play through of the Two-Part ...

 

March 3   -  Arioso7's Blog

Chopin’s Nocturne in E minor, Op. 72, No. 1: Rotation, voicing, phrasing

Many students believe their hands are too small to navigate the E minor Nocturne. Seeing awkward intervals inside of broken chords that often span beyond an octave, they have a fixed mindset that the Left Hand (in this composition) must pre-stretch ...

 

March 1   -  Arioso7's Blog

Adoption in the old piano universe

Today’s good deed was my hands on effort to place a gorgeous sounding old upright in a deserving home. And judging by the attention this Emerson vintage piano eventually received after I played it for well past an hour at a Berkeley thrift ...

 

February 28   -  Arioso7's Blog

Beatriz Boizan is a pianist with a compelling story

Beatriz Boizan was nineteen when she left Cuba. She arrived in Canada to celebrate her 20th birthday with a big, resounding YAY! I spotted the pianist on You Tube in a performance of Haydn’s majestic Sonata no 52 in Eb. Recorded ...

February 28   -  Arioso7's Blog

A Romp through F# Major scales and arpeggios

F# Major, from a certain perspective, happens to be one of the easier scales to play because it falls into patterns of triple black and double black keys with thumbs meeting in between. In fact, both hands have mirror fingers on the black notes. ...

February 25   -  Arioso7's Blog

Life begins at 77, a piano student from Honolulu proves it

I met Alton over Google+ when he began commenting on my You Tube videos, and before long we were members of the same CIRCLE. He has quite a colorful background. He originally comes from Long Beach, Long Island, a place I frequented as a native New ...

February 25   -  Arioso7's Blog

Piano Technique: Practicing Arpeggios in 10ths, and in Contrary motion

I’ve selected broken chord chains or arpeggios (harp-like figures) that have symmetries between the hands when played in 10ths, and separately in contrary motion. Taken together, these are not pedantic exercises, but expressive romps over many ...

 

February 23   -  Arioso7's Blog

Piano Technique: How to organize and practice a Major scale in 6ths

I chose the Ab Major scale as my springboard for this demonstration. Its KEY SIGNATURE has the pneumonic BEAD (Bb, Eb, Ab, Db) I recommend practicing the scale hands alone at first in its Root position to clarify fingering. Then by playing up the ...

 

February 22   -  Arioso7's Blog

Piano Technique: A styled staccato with a dipping wrist

I find that adding supple wrist dips to staccato within any dynamic range helps to style and shape lines, phrases, etc. Here’s it’s first executed within a scale framework. A cat cameo appearance is the opener. Now a sample of shaped ...

 

February 21   -  Arioso7's Blog

Appealing Piano Repertoire for the Advanced Beginner

Three selected short pieces offer musical enticement for students who’ve survived the method book phase and need rejuvenating connections with the masters, albeit via contemporaries of the glittery Classical era giants. In one instance, I ...

 

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