Mannheim Rocket & other tricks

intermediate tutorial Jan 11, 2024

Discover & understand the plethora of Mannheim Tricks:

Mannheim Rocket
Mannheim Sigh
Mannheim Birds
Mannheim Roller

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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

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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

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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

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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


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


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Ludwig van Beethoven Vlog No. 06 - breadsoup story

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Wanna hear a funny story? 

It is said that Beethoven always wanted 10 eggs to his breadsoup on fastday. And when served the raw eggs for his soup he made a fuss and was checking them vigorously. Holding them up against the sun, smelling them, looking for cracks - and if he didn't like them - well - listen to the video :) 


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Ludwig van Beethoven Vlog No. 05 - Patterns

Ioana Ilie demonstrates the simplicity of Beethovens compositions by means of simple patterns.
Have you seen Ioana's class on piano improvisation yet? Go check it out here: Classical Improvisation
To learn more about Ioana Ilie visit her website:
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