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Released on March 20, 2012

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Benedito Pratama on July 17, 2015 @7:55 am PST
Hello Robert, Any tips to play the Chopin's Ballade No. 1 in G minor, Op. 23. ?
Robert - host, on July 17, 2015 @1:37 pm PST
I have gotten several requests for help with this piece. There are so many sections to this work which present unique technical challenges, I am considering covering some of them in future videos.
Eric Gardner on July 8, 2015 @1:38 pm PST
Hello Robert, I was wondering whether or not the piano lid should always be open to the fullest extent when playing. Are there times when the lid should be completely closed or completely off or somewhere in between? Thanks in advance.
Robert - host, on July 8, 2015 @2:26 pm PST
This is such a great question, we will make a video to answer it in depth.
Raoul on July 5, 2015 @2:41 pm PST
Hello Robert,
Which (classical) theory music book do you recommend for someone that wants to learn everything from the basics (for example how major and minor scales relate) to the more "conservatory-like" information? I heard someone recommend the book: "The Musician's Guide to Theory and Analysis (Second Edition)", do you recommend it also or do you prefer an other book?
Thanks in advance,


P.S. Thank you for al your great videos, I love watching them!
Robert - host, on July 6, 2015 @11:07 am PST
I was fortunate to have studied piano, music theory, harmony, sight-singing and dictation with my father, Morton Estrin. He wrote a book that is not published which starts from the beginning - how to read notes through 4 part harmony. I have never found any materials that describe things in such a concise and digestible manner. My intention is to create an online resource based upon his teachings.
Carol Ebert * VSM MEMBER * on July 2, 2015 @2:09 pm PST
How do you recommend practicing the left hand of Chopin's Andante Spianato from the Grande Polonaise Brillante Op. 22 ?
Robert - host, on July 3, 2015 @2:35 pm PST
That is a great question and worthy of a video which we will produce in the near future for you!
Carol Ebert * VSM MEMBER * on July 3, 2015 @5:27 pm PST
Thank you! I look forward to learning from it!
Hank on June 14, 2015 @2:10 am PST
Do you need different piano techniques when playing Baroque/classical and playing blues/boogie woogie? I know you use the same instrument but do you use the same piano technique?
Robert Estrin on June 14, 2015 @12:37 pm PST
There are various techniques for different types of playing. The 3 essential techniques are described here:

Finger Technique:

Wrist Technique:

Arm Technique:

Naturally, there are many techniques that utilize combinations and there are are also entirely separate techniques such as thirds and trills. But these macro skill sets are essential for all styles of music.
Jesus A. Gonzalez C. on June 11, 2015 @3:23 am PST
It's a comment. I live in Venezuela, and for us it's very hard to find dollars. I'm interested in your music, but I cannot buy it. But I can write music, I make arrangements for classic guitar and I have original works I can offer to you to see if you are interested. If you are, I accept your music as payment. Thanks.
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on June 11, 2015 @8:49 am PST
Dear Jesus, please, contact us at:

We'll be happy to keep discussing about your idea. Thanks!
Nina Gonzalez on June 3, 2015 @2:04 pm PST
How do you know you have an original and not an arrangement?
Robert - host, on June 3, 2015 @4:24 pm PST
An authoritative edition should indicate whether or not it is an arrangement. Editions which are designated "Urtext" should certainly be original or give credit to the composer who transcribed it. Here is an article and video on the subject:
Sara Speigel on May 27, 2015 @9:09 am PST
my phone is 416 32285
Sara Speigel on May 27, 2015 @9:08 am PST
where can I buy sheet music for piano CZARDAS by Monti?
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on May 27, 2015 @9:24 am PST
Sara, at the moment we don't have a version for piano solo of the famous Czardas by Monti, but we'll work on it soon! You can find it for other instruments by following the link below:
Raoul Bandera on May 2, 2015 @6:29 am PST
Other than seeing a doctor who has already informed me oh rheumatoid arthritis in the right hand, do you have any suggestions for alternatives? When extended the ring finger locks in place and is very painful to put back in the curled position.
Robert - host, on May 3, 2015 @2:39 pm PST
That's a really tough situation. There are supplements like turmeric which helps some people. If you feel up to playing, make sure your hands are warm first. You can run them under warm water. The key is if you can get well enough to start playing on a daily basis, you may gain flexibility and strength to overcome your physical limitations. Always be aware of how you feel so you don't inflict additional damage.
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