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Music lover on December 21, 2016 @2:32 am PST
Hi, Mr. Estrin, is there a difference between a swing tempo and a triplet termpo in crotchet beat?

Thank you!
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Robert Estrin - host, on December 22, 2016 @1:07 pm PST
I'm not sure what the distinction is for "crotchet beat". But swing rhythm and triplet rhythm are very similar, but not precisely the same. Swing feel implies a weight to the notes with the more emphasis on the longer note. Also, the rhythm isn't necessarily precise. There is a feel to swing rhythm that varies depending upon the style.
Jay Culotta * VSM MEMBER * on December 18, 2016 @8:48 am PST
Robert, it has been over 45 years since I played piano on a regular basis and needless to say I am quite rusty. For most of those years I did not have a piano to practice on. Now that I do, what I really want to know is how do I get my fingers back in shape, so to speak. What exercises can I practice to get them back in shape and other suggestions you might have.
I am just learning about your website, so I am also interested in learning more about what other services your offer, such as courses. I just purchased a sheet music membership and am greatly looking forward to that.
I have ordered the Hanon: The Virtuoso Pianist in Sixty Exercises, Complete, which I saw you recommend in a YouTube video after I originally posted this comment.
Quinta on December 3, 2016 @5:33 am PST
Dear sir, I enjoyed your contrapunt explanation. I hear them all my life, they give me comfort and joy but often I miss the exact title of Bachs masterpieces after listening to the radio. The one you played as an example was one of them, could you give me the bwv number so that I might find it back?
And which would you recommend to start playing piano again after a long long time, Naturally Bach's...Thanks in advance,
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Robert Estrin - host, on December 3, 2016 @3:55 pm PST
The Bach I played was the second movement of the Toccata in E-minor. Glad you like it!
Frank Kovach on December 1, 2016 @10:27 pm PST
My name is Frank, and I love laying piano, even though I'm not that good at it. I have recently begun studying it again, however, part of which has become watching your youtube videos, so thanks for that! I do have a question. What is meant by the term "classical music?" It seems to be used a lot, and it also seems that depending on context it means different things. Is it a time period, or a style, or both? Does it refer to the type of training a person may have had? You used it in your ragtime video with Johnny May, and just now I watched your "playing too fast" video and you mentioned a "classical repertoire." Can you perhaps explain this in a video? BTW, I have a 100 year old Steinway, and I even watch your sales pitch youtube videos because I love hearing about old Steinways every so often.
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Robert Estrin - host, on December 2, 2016 @10:40 am PST
Thanks for sharing! You are right. the term "Classical" has more than one meaning. In the stricktest sense, it refers to the era of music after the Baroque and before the Romantic period of music which was from around the middle of the 1700's to the early 1800's. Mozart, Haydn, and Beethoven are considered Classical composers.

But the term is also used generally for art music - that is, music that is performed in concert to be listened to in a focused way. There is a tremendous range of what is classified as Classical music. There are also genres of music that defy classification. For example, are jazz compositions that are completely written out considered Classical music? Certainly much of George Gershwin's music is considered to be Classical music. This is a deep topic I will cover in a future video.
Frank Kovach on December 2, 2016 @4:09 pm PST
I can't wait to see it...
kendah on November 29, 2016 @3:30 pm PST
ok, thank you so much mr.robert for helping me.
kendah on November 28, 2016 @2:47 pm PST
hi mr.robert, how are you? mr. i've a problem with recording from my digital piano with audio interface the sound is pure but too low what I suppose me to do?can the amplifier solve the problem?thanks alot.
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Robert Estrin - host, on November 28, 2016 @5:06 pm PST
If you can't raise the volume high enough on the digital piano, your audio interface should have a gain control which is a knob. Sometimes it may even be a switch with line/instrument settings. Instrument will provide more volume - possibly too much in which case you can back off the volume on the piano. If that doesn't work, you could get a Direct Box and plug into the XLR input if your audio interface has one. That is for plugging in microphones and will provide much more gain than you need.
Kendah on October 27, 2016 @2:41 am PST
Hi mr.robert , how are you? Mr. Can i use laptop with core m5y10 instead core i5 for music editor programs like cubase,sonar & audition.thanks alot.
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Robert Estrin - host, on October 28, 2016 @9:16 pm PST
You may be able to use the slower m5y processor. It depends upon how you are using the applications. If you are utilizing many simultaneous tracks and effects, you may be limited in what you can do with the slower processor.

The amount of RAM and the speed of your hard drive also enters into the equation. I suggest you try using the program you are interested in first. Demos are usually available.
kendah on October 30, 2016 @2:14 am PST
ok, thank you so much mr.robert.
Pamela Wykoff on October 8, 2016 @7:50 pm PST
You've mentioned a "quiet" hand approach to technique that you learned from your father. What is it and who uses it? I can't thank you enough for your inspiring and knowledgeable videos.
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Robert - host, on October 9, 2016 @12:03 pm PST
The idea of having a "quiet hand" is to minimize unnecessary motion to gain control of the sound.
Bryan Nguyen on September 4, 2016 @10:00 pm PST
Hey Mr. Estrin it is Bryan here. I have a question about an orchestrated score. This question does not relate to technical assistance but it requires song identification. The question is here with the video as follows...

This is literally driving me up the wall. There's a movie review series on Youtube called Movie Night, that has this excellent classical background music. The creator, Jon Paula, will not for whatever reason, credit the song. I've wanted to know the name of it for years, and every once in a while, that music pops in my head. I've searched everywhere, but can not for the life of me find it. If anyone can identify it, PLEASE tell me the name of it. I'd love to listen to it
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=600oy8x1-5g
-Bryan.
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Robert - host, on October 5, 2016 @1:16 pm PST
I checked out the YouTube video clip you sent. There is opening and closing music. If there is another place within the video that has music that you are referring to, please give me the minutes and seconds within the clip to analyze.

I didn't recognize the music, but Google did. Believe it or not, it is entitled, "Effortless Weight Loss: Music with Embedded Subliminal Messages to Lose Weight - Track 13 by Rick McFall.
Frank Kovach on December 1, 2016 @10:29 pm PST
I'm sorry, but I have to comment that I laughed. Out loud. By myself in my living room. That is all, please carry on.
Kendah on September 3, 2016 @12:26 pm PST
Hello mr.robert .how are you? I've a question please is the digital piano which made of wood has a better sound than the other which made of plastic? & thank you so much.
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Robert Estrin - host, on September 4, 2016 @12:32 pm PST
It is possible that a wood cabinet could be incorporated into the sonic design of a digital piano. However, generally, the case of a digital piano has nothing to do with its sound. In fact, professional digital pianos don't have cases at all! They are slab type keyboards that rest on folding stands.
Kendah on September 5, 2016 @3:40 am PST
Ok thanks a lot mr.robert for this information.
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