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March 14   -  Arioso7's Blog

Piano Instruction: C Major Scale Mapping

Most students think of C Major as the easiest scale around the BLOCK. But in fact, it’s not nearly as patterned or symmetrical as the double and triple black note content scales, B, F# and C# Major (Or their equivalent in FLATS, Db, Gb and Cb) ...

 

March 12   -  Arioso7's Blog

Happy Birthday, IRMA!

Today I posted a musical tribute to a dear friend who provides her acoustically divine living room for my weekly teaching journeys in El Cerrito, California. The space soars with resonance and complements a vintage Baldwin 1929 grand that lavishes its ...

 

March 12   -  Arioso7's Blog

Piano Technique Tips: Leaning toward the piano in contrary motion

One of my wise colleagues tipped me off about moving toward the piano when playing scales and arpeggios in contrary motion. After trying it, I integrated the leaning forward motion into my own practicing and naturally, it trickled down to my students ...

 

March 8   -  Arioso7's Blog

In Perfect Harmony: Steinway grand and Yamaha Arius digital

These two music-makers are currently close companions. I moved Arius out of isolation to a more socially and musically compatible locale well after Steinway Upright 1098 was sold. The space-saving that accrued was particularly beneficial. Now that ...

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 ...
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