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Can you Start Playing Piano Without a Teacher?

A common question with a very interesting answer

In this video, Robert answers a common question by considering personal intentions and expectations in deciding which route is best for you.

Released on October 16, 2013

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Helena boggia on October 16, 2013 @8:30 am PST
You never answered my question about chords....what is the best way to play chords in a peace of music. I find it slowes me down because I have to work out the fingering etc. thank you robert
Robert Estrin - host, on October 16, 2013 @1:45 pm PST
It's difficult to make generalizations about how to practice chords without a context. However, you hit the nail on the head when you mentioned working out fingering. Spending time figuring out the best fingering for chord passages is essential. Often times you should favor the top line in your fingering choices allowing for as much legato as possible even at the expense of the lower notes of the chord. In staccato chords, the wrists facilitate the chords. If you provide a specific example, I am happy to make recommendations.
Betsy on October 16, 2013 @6:03 am PST
What piece do you recommend as an introduction to classical music for a great sight reader who is intermediate to advanced but never classically trained? They want to delve into classical but not sure where to start.
Robert Estrin - host, on October 16, 2013 @1:46 pm PST
There is a wealth of great intermediate level classical pieces written by the great composers such as Bach Minuets and simpler Mozart compositions he wrote as a child. Be sure to get original compositions, not simplified arrangements of more extended works.
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