Imagine what would happen if you recorded thousands of hours of lessons over nearly a decade, and then edited the best, most teachable moments into an every-growing collection of short, high impact videos.
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To look for a natural grouping of notes, don’t necessarily look to the first note of a measure, or of a beat or even of an up and down shape to the pitches. In the example in this video, the notes are written in groups of six. It turns out that hand is least happy starting on the first of the six notes, and is much happier starting on the second of the six notes and continuing through so that the group ends with the first of the six.
Flexible 2nd Finger
A finger can stay in contact with a key even while the rest of hand, and the arm, try to dislodge the finger by moving leftwards or rightwards. The result of these two opposing forces is a smooth connection between two notes that are separated by a wide interval.
Figure out a strategy for reaching a certain interval. Don’t reach top note until you are firmly in position on the middle note. An external force. Imagine the force comes from outside your body. Let one hand help the other. Talks about philosophy and Artistotle. God from the machine–deus ex machina—force that comes in from the outside.
Model of the Sound
Keep one image in your mind: a direction, or a simple harmonic rhythm, or many notes which are compressed into simple chords. The details of the music fall into a broader pattern of sounds. This “larger image” is the “model of the sound”.
Find the Balance Point
Things are always in balance. Wherever I am on the keyboard I feel a balance: a point somewhere between the highest and lowest note where the two sides of the see-saw are at equilibrium.
What if the orchestra were to play this passage; how would the instruments divide up the notes between themselves.