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Marc Vande Wiele on February 12, 2017 @2:25 am PST
Hi Robert,
Thanks a lot for your very useful,explanations on the piece of Musio Clementi's Op 36 part 1 and 2 . Any idea when the 3 part 'Vivace' will be available?
Greetings
Marc
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Robert Estrin - host, on February 17, 2017 @11:21 am PST
Thanks for the reminder - I will put in in the queue to be produced!
adria taylor on February 10, 2017 @1:34 pm PST
Hello, Mr. Estrin. Have a question for you, but don't know if you'll have an answer to my question.

Can a piano and or keyboard wear down if left untouched for a long period of time? I have an old Kurzweil keyboard that had been given to me from somewhere ( a library or a town hall) people could enjoy music. But it just sat there cause no one knew how to turn it on. And one day I sat down and played it, but didn't like the sound.

I really enjoy watching your you tube videos. I have picked up a lot of great info since watching your videos. Thanks for the great videos.

- you tube viewer
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Robert Estrin - host, on February 11, 2017 @12:34 pm PST
Even digital pianos can degrade over time. The contacts can become corroded causing keys to not respond uniformly. Sometimes action parts can become hard and brittle causing noise or even keys to not play. However, it shouldn't affect the overall sound unless the speakers became damaged from the environment.
Adria Taylor on February 13, 2017 @6:44 pm PST
Thank you for replying! That helps a lot, Thanks.
Jodl Gabino on February 1, 2017 @12:02 am PST
How can I ser Ballade #1 tuttorial # 3 please?
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Robert Estrin - host, on February 2, 2017 @12:25 pm PST
We may produce more tutorials for Chopin's Ballade in G minor at some point in the future.
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.
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