Exploring the Truth Behind High Lifted Piano Fingers

beginner tutorial Jan 25, 2024
 

In the exploration of piano technique, a method once heralded by Hanon involves practicing with high lifted fingers. This technique, though popular years ago, is now often criticized for leading to tension and technical problems. However, the discussion raised a question: Is playing with high lifted fingers entirely detrimental? A closer examination reveals a nuanced view. It's essential to distinguish between fingers being 'high lifted' versus 'just lifted' before pressing a key. Beginners might not lift their fingers at all, leading to overlapping notes due to lack of control over key attacks and releases. Considering our daily routines do not replicate the movements required for piano playing, lifting fingers becomes an unfamiliar, challenging task. To acclimate to this new movement, it's suggested to lift fingers high, albeit in a slow tempo, to enhance control over pressing down and releasing the keys.

However, for fast passages, high lifted fingers are deemed unnecessary and...

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Musicality 1/7: Rhythm & Inner Pulse

Uncategorized Jan 18, 2024
 

Welcome to the first installment of a seven-part series dedicated to enhancing musicality in musicians at all levels. This episode focuses on the critical aspects of Rhythm and Inner Pulse, laying the foundation for expressing music with professionalism and heart. Contrary to the belief that musicality is an innate talent, it's argued that with dedication, anyone can develop a deeper connection to music. The ability to understand, feel, and express the character of a piece is paramount, and this series aims to equip musicians with the necessary skills.

The importance of rhythm and inner pulse as the bedrock of musical expression cannot be overstated. Playing with the correct rhythmical flow ensures that performances are not only easier to listen to but are also perceived as musically sound. The advice begins with selecting a tempo that accommodates both easy and challenging sections of a piece to prevent common performance pitfalls, using Beethoven's 'Für Elise' as a prime...

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Mannheim Rocket & other tricks

intermediate tutorial Jan 11, 2024
 

In this educational exploration, we delve into the intriguing world of the Mannheim rocket, a captivating musical technique that has left a significant mark on classical music. This technique, characterized by its fast ascending arpeggio that launches with the force of a rocket, serves as a testament to the innovative spirit of the Mannheim school, a group of 18th-century composers based in the city of Mannheim, Germany. Their experimental approach to music composition laid the groundwork for many of the classical era's greatest achievements.

The Mannheim school is celebrated for its groundbreaking contributions to music, including the development of a new Sonata form and the standardization of the four-part symphony. Among their inventive 'Mannheim tricks,' the Mannheim rocket stands out for its dramatic and energetic ascent in melody, capturing the imagination of both composers and listeners alike. Other notable techniques include the Mannheim birds, with their chirping effect...

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Alberti Bass - most known accompaniment

beginner tutorial Jan 04, 2024
 

In this video I am breaking down the pattern visually for you.

It helps you to recognize the Alberti Bass, teaches you how to use this pattern in your improvisation and gives you some technical tipps (better sound!)

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Beethoven - Neighbor issues 2

beethoven beethoven250 Jun 25, 2020
 

Beethoven moved up to 70 times which may shed some light on his popularity as a neighbor. Because writing all his friends all his new addresses had become a chore he told them to "just write - Beethoven, Vienna!" 

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Beethoven - Neighbor issues 1

 

Beethoven was not the most handsome neighbor you could think of. In this three-part series we will discover some of his wildest habits that have had neighbors go mad. 

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Ludwig van Beethoven Vlog No. 09 - Messy Home

beethoven beethoven250 Jun 04, 2020
 

According to a few accounts Beethoven must have lived in quite a mess - listen to these quotes.

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Ludwig van Beethoven Vlog No. 08 - 6th Symphony

beethoven beethoven 2020 May 21, 2020
 

Beethoven's 6th Symphony

A breakthrough in programmatic music and a demonstration of Beethoven's love for nature.

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Ludwig van Beethoven Vlog No. 07 - deafness

 

Imagine you're one of the most brilliant composers of all time and at a relatively young age of 27 your hearing gets worse and worse. Your life is built upon the sound of music and now it's taken away from you. What a tragedy!

Beethoven, stubborn as he was, never gave up (despite initial thoughts on suicide) and even completed some of his most outstanding work while being completely deaf. What a genius!

Never give up - and play with passion!

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Franz Schubert - Mourning or Yearning Walz

 

Op.9 No.2 D365

Beautiful little walz by Franz Schubert which is just absolutely lovely. Enjoy!

 

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