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Sight Reading - Part 1

The importance of sight reading in music, from concert pianist Robert Estrin

Released on April 30, 2013

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Teo on June 7, 2014 @10:44 am PST
Thanks googols Robert! I saw you on LinkedIn and am glad I followed you here! Keep up the great work buddy! Wishing you the best, Teo
Humberto Cruz on May 6, 2013 @1:45 pm PST
Robert, I very much appreciate your suggestions and advice
Humberto Cruz
Humberto Cruz on May 5, 2013 @9:06 am PST
Robert, continue to enjoy and benefit from your videos.
For the past several days I have begun to tackle Chopin's Etude Op. No. 10 No. 3 which is the most challenging piece I have ever attempted (one year ago I would consider it "impossible" to play). Up to measure 21 I have followed the techniques you showed earlier for emphasizing the melody note in the right hand.
For measures 22-33 I would appreciate any practice suggestions, including tempo (how do I exactly interpret poco piu animato? In the Virtual Sheet Music score there are also marking I do not understand, including the notations I C. and 3 C. in some measures (below the bass clef).
Finally, the most difficult part of the piece are the series of augmented fourths with rapid hand movements before reverting to the soft melodic endings. Practice suggestions for this part would be extremely appreciated! Thanks
Robert - host, on May 5, 2013 @12:09 pm PST
The writing starting around measure 22 is more complex because the right hand melody is in 6ths. On top of that, there are mostly 16th notes, so this section is much more difficult to control than the slower, simpler preceding section. However, bringing out the top line is still important. I suggest practicing first right hand alone. To clarify the melody in your hand, practice playing the lower notes staccato from the fingers and the upper notes legato. This is very difficult but will provide you with the control necessary to balance the voices within one hand. Then you can add the left hand and eventually the pedal and you should be good to go.

Poco piu animato simply means a little animated. So, you can let it move a bit more. Allow an uneasy tension to develop.

The 1C. and 3C. indications are a mystery to me!

As for the complex series of broken diminished 7th chords, you must establish good fingering. Practice each slurred group as a chord (even if they are beyond your reach and you have to break them). Then you can play as written. Do not use the pedal until you have mastered this section so you can hear the legato connection of notes from the fingers.
Jerry on May 2, 2013 @3:52 pm PST
"The imPROtance of sight reading....?" Might want to fix the typo.
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on May 2, 2013 @4:18 pm PST
Wow, thank you so much! We have just fixed it :)
Nancy Forbes on May 2, 2013 @11:24 am PST
Keep the videos coming, please. They are so helpful and interesting
Robert - host, on May 2, 2013 @3:55 pm PST
Thank you - there is much more to come!
Kathryn Bowman * VSM MEMBER * on May 1, 2013 @8:52 am PST
I love the videos! They are wonderfully helpful. Thank you!
Marget on May 1, 2013 @7:19 am PST
What is the cost to go to Estrin's Livng Piano ?
Robert - host, on May 1, 2013 @4:54 pm PST
The price is $22. However, there are a limited number of complimentary tickets available. Please email me your request.
barbara * VSM MEMBER * on May 1, 2013 @6:05 am PST
why is it when u learn a piano piece and go back to play it the next day u can't play it u have to start slow again...
Robert - host, on May 1, 2013 @4:56 pm PST
It takes time to assimilate music. Pieces I have played for many years are indelibly etched into me. I can play them anytime. Other pieces learned recently are forgotten quickly until they have been performed multiple times. So, give yourself ample opportunities to perform your music and it will become solidified.
barbara * VSM MEMBER * on May 2, 2013 @6:26 am PST
ive been taking lessons for 12 years and I feel like I am getting no where thanks
Robert - host, on May 2, 2013 @11:00 am PST
It might be wise to try another teacher at this time. If you have a good relationship with your current teacher, you could explain that you would like to gain additional perspective. That way if things don't work out, you can leave the door open to return to your teacher. However, sometimes you may have to try several teachers to find one with whom you connect and make the kind of progress you desire.
barbara * VSM MEMBER * on May 2, 2013 @5:52 pm PST
right now I do not have a teacher,,trying to learn on my own,do I need to find a teacher?i feel like giving up.
Brad on May 1, 2013 @12:19 am PST
Sight Reading is also good for Aural Awareness.
David Walter * VSM MEMBER * on April 30, 2013 @10:18 pm PST
video freezes after 1:58 and won't go on.
Fabrizio Ferrari - moderator and CEO, on May 1, 2013 @4:05 am PST
Sorry about that, it should work just fine. Please, try again and let me know if the problem persists. Thanks!
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