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The 3 Essential Skills of Piano Playing

Discover the essential skills to play the piano as a great pianist

Released on June 26, 2013

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Millie * VSM MEMBER * on August 28, 2013 @12:13 pm PST
Teaching a granddaughter; sight reading (not bad); but need help with improvision.
Robert - host, on August 29, 2013 @12:25 pm PST
Here is a video that may be helpful for improvisation:
suspenseful * VSM MEMBER * on August 13, 2013 @4:54 pm PST
I am good at sight reading and improvision, but on memorization I suck.
Robert - host, on August 13, 2013 @7:32 pm PST
These are 3 independent skills. Here is a video on how to memorize:

Please let me know what kind of success you have with it!
Bev * VSM MEMBER * on June 28, 2013 @5:54 pm PST
I have played the piano for many years and yet I am learning so much from you Robert. Thank you.
Linda * VSM MEMBER * on June 27, 2013 @7:17 pm PST
I just watched the short video of 3 essential skills ... And am looking for the videos referenced in Robert's excellent clip: On memorizing and improvising. I could really use help in those two areas and yes, feel deficient in that I'm lost and even panicked without music in front of me! Thank you for these excellent videos and sharing the joy of music. Linda.
Pru Balatero on June 27, 2013 @5:32 pm PST
Robert, you mentioned links to improving memorization and videos for sight reading. Could you please share those links. Thank you.
Sharon Ball on June 26, 2013 @7:19 am PST
I couldn't find a link to help files for memorizing and sight reading and improvization. I would love to purchase them because I like the way you explain techniques and I am an older student returning to the piano. Sharon
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on June 26, 2013 @8:40 am PST
Hi Sharon, and thank you for your comment. This is a really interesting topic and I'd like to find a way to create material helping just improving memorization as well as sight reading... Robert, do you have any specific ideas?
Sharon on June 26, 2013 @9:53 am PST
Thank you! I thought that excellent sight reading skills was the main thing. Many people who kept piano as a hobby and then try to resurrect their skills want to play in church for both choirs and congregational singing. Hymn books do cry for runs and frills during those sustained notesI know.
Robert - host, on June 27, 2013 @10:35 am PST
If you send me your email address, there is a program in the works you may be interested in. You can email me at
You will also get my piano newsletters. Thank you!
Fulvia * VSM MEMBER * on June 26, 2013 @7:00 am PST
Thank you Robert. Now I know why I have been having problems memorising an entire piece of music. I was trying to play with both hands too soon, being overconfident that I could do it by sight reading from the beginning!
I will be interested to hear about improvisation, I don't think I can do that, I think it is part of the individual character and I have always suffered from lack of fantasy. lol
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