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Aria from the Bach Goldberg Variations Played by Michael Brazile

Amateur pianist Michael Brazile plays the Aria from the Bach Goldberg Variations in this original video, and offers advice on how to handle the tempo and repeats. »

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Bach Invention in B-flat Major Played by Michael Brazile

Amateur pianist Michael Brazile plays the Bach Invention No. 14 in B-flat Major in this original video, and shares how he approaches tempo and repetition in the two-part invention. »

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The Willy Wonka of Classical Music

Stephen Malinowski’s colorful visual representations of the notes in works of classical music help deepen our understanding of Bach’s radiant complexities. »

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Cast a Spell with Schumann’s Album for the Young

Tips on how to play and interpret the contemplative No. 30 from Schumann’s Album for the Young, and create variety to avoid monotony in the repeating motif. »

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The Chopin Prelude in A Major Amplified

The Chopin Prelude in A Major is a very short piece that offers a wonderful study in dynamics, color, and rubato. Find tips on how to achieve these effects. »

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Debussy’s Sarabande from Pour le Piano in Video

Playing the Sarabande from Debussy's Pour le piano is like losing yourself in an Impressionist painting. Shirley Gruenhut performs the piece in this video. »

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Bach French Suite No. 4 Amplified

The Bach French Suite No. 4's Allemande is relatively short, making its contrapuntal demands on the player manageable; get tips on how to play the piece. »

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Piano Trills and Bach

The piano trills in the Bach Invention No. 1 trip up Nancy M. Williams in this next installment of her piano practice notes. »

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Satie Gnossienne No. 3 Amplified

Gain perspectives on interpreting Satie's Gnossienne No. 3, with its flexible sense of rhythm, lack of measure markings, and colorful written indications. »

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Paying Attention at a Classical Piano Performance

An adult piano student admits she doesn't know how to listen attentively at a classical piano concert. She embarks on an experiment with Beethoven Sonatas. »

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Women Composers Celebrated in Classical Piano Recital

AmateurPianists organized a recital featuring piano works by all women composers during Women's History Month. Amateur performers share what they learned. »

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The Chopin Prelude in E Minor Amplified

Gain insight into how to play and interpret the Chopin Prelude in E Minor, from using tempo rubato to convey emotion to balancing the right and left hands. »

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The Debussy Rêverie Amplified

Multiple perspectives for playing and interpreting the Debussy Rêverie, including communicating the music’s rises and falls through your own breath control. »

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Satie’s Gymnopédie No. 3 Amplified

Learn more about how to play and interpret Erik Satie’s Gymnopédie No. 3, which involves a wide spectrum of dynamic contrasts and leaps with the left hand. »

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Mozart Fantasia in D Minor Played by Toshiko Nishino

Toshiko Nishino plays the Mozart Fantasia in D Minor in this original video, and explains why it can be difficult to interpret Mozart's music as an adult. »

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Bach Inventions and Sinfonias from Simone Dinnerstein

Simone Dinnerstein's new album of Bach Inventions and Sinfonias is inspiring and instructive for adult piano students; here's our review, with audio clips. »

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Practice Listening with Your Memory

Practice listening using your auditory memory, recreating melodies and harmonies in your mind, to enhance your piano playing, suggests Jay Alan Zimmerman. »

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How to Memorize Piano Music, With Help from Music Theory

An adult piano student resolves to memorize Schumann’s “From Foreign Lands and People,” and uses music theory and her tactile sense to accomplish the feat. »

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Schumann’s Album for the Young No. 30 Played by Nancy M. Williams

Amateur pianist Nancy M. Williams plays Schumann's Album for the Young 30, one of the lesser-known, difficult pieces at the back of the book, in this video. »

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The Making of The Cohen Variations

Pianist Simone Dinnerstein and composer Daniel Felsenfeld discuss the making of The Cohen Variations, with its inner voices and counterpoint, in this video. »

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