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Greysen playing Spider Dance

Thursday, February 24, 2011


"Practice" performance in his lesson today.
Use this video to watch Grey's attitude at the instrument, his pacing, and overall presentation.
He knows the piece well but is quite handicapped by an instrument that is too small (not enough keys, especially for the 2nd half of this piece, which goes one octave lower than he's able to play here), and inadequate to the task of responding to real touch for subtle dynamic shifts. Notice he playfully reaches for that invisible low note at the end of the piece! He may or may not get a chance to play on a real piano before his performance in March. Eileen, if he doesn't get this chance, I suggest bringing him to my home for at least one lesson before he plays at Fairfield U., so he can get the 'feel' of a real piano under his fingers.
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BLONDWUNN 2/24/2011 2:18PM

    What a great student! He does an excellent job. You can see that he understands and senses where he wants changes in dynamics.

I also had keybord-using kids come to my house too, to play on a piano to prepare for concerts. But the one good thing that comes from the discussion is their understanding that ALL keyboards, acoustic or electric, have a different touch and feel from one another. Let's hope this exercise helps them adjust more quickly when they need to play on keyboard other than their own or their teacher's.

I also remember the frustration of running out of octaves!

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