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How to Play Repeated Notes on the Piano

In this video, Robert tackles a very common piano technique: repeated notes.

Released on May 8, 2013

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Jess * VSM MEMBER * on May 28, 2013 @1:10 pm PST
Why can I not get the videos to play?
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on May 28, 2013 @2:54 pm PST
Hi Jess. I am sorry about that. What kind of problems do you have? Can you play other videos? What browser are you using? Please, tell me more... thanks!
Charles Hanson * VSM MEMBER * on May 15, 2013 @5:32 pm PST
Enjoyed the tutorial, but is there a way you could also use an overhead camera for the keyboard when playing. To me, it would give a better reference with both views. Thank you and keep up the great work!
Robert - host, on May 16, 2013 @2:59 pm PST
You read my mind - we are investigating floating type boom stands to accommodate overhead shooting. Thanks!
jan de jong on May 15, 2013 @11:05 am PST
thanks for this good stuff, it helps a lot understanding the techniques
Humberto Cruz on May 10, 2013 @12:52 pm PST
Robert, thanks for instructive video as usual. Here are possible topics for future videos, no need to reply, just for your consideration: fingering and technique for playing turns, including when turns occur in tied notes; proper timing when hands play different rhythms, such as 4 notes in right hand vs. three in left, or 7 vs. 3, or other such combinations.
thanks, Humberto Cruz
Robert - host, on May 10, 2013 @4:47 pm PST
Thanks for the suggestions. I plan on doing a video on how to approach 3 against 4 and other complex rhythms.
christopher Slevin * VSM MEMBER * on May 8, 2013 @6:49 pm PST
Thank you Robert, Very instructive . On the slow repeated legato I would use the 432 fingers but instead of raising them sfter striking I find it easier and quicker to curl them downwards. Is this a bad habit?
Robert - host, on May 9, 2013 @10:21 am PST
4-3-2 can be fine in some contexts. However, curling fingers under instead of lifting is less predictable. Key surfaces vary in texture, so sliding down doesn't offer consistency. On top of that, when your hands sweat (as they might when you are nervous for a performance) the feel is different as well. Lifting fingers avoids this problem.
Toya Harvey on May 8, 2013 @4:41 pm PST
Thank you, enjoyed your presentation and pianistic skill!
Helena boggia on May 8, 2013 @10:30 am PST
Thanks Robert . Always good to hear you and I need all the help I can get
Dr. Rivkah Roth on May 8, 2013 @4:20 am PST
Slow repeated notes: play into and out of the keyboard, i.e. note one glides along key from front to back, after quick raise of hand/arm note two pulls the key from back to front, note three again front to back etc. This technique results in a desired slight quality difference of active - passive sound emphasis and increased musicality.
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