Video Collection

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.

Well, that’s exactly what the The Video Collection is, and I’m happy to share it with you. No matter how long you’ve played, what skills you’re working to improve, or your areas of interest, the Video Collection has videos to help you move your playing forward.

You can search for videos using keywords, or click on a tag below to see videos that match your criteria.

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Featured Videos

 

“Sleight of Ear”

What would you wish the passage to sound like? Have an image in your mind, and as you make all the necessary motions, trick the listener into thinking this is all they’re hearing: a simpler passage. The notes are symbols, implying something beyond themselves. Like with words, we must get past the “sound” as fast as possible, to hear a meaning.

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Technique

Harmonic Rhythm

The harmonic rhythm (or pattern of chords) of this piece, is changing frequently. Try playing everything down one octave to eliminate difficulty of it being too high in the bass. Hear the chords as richer and lower, even when they are high. Feel that non-harmonic tones in the chord, are tones of embellishment.

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Harmony

A Simpler Pattern

In a many-note-filled passage, persuade the listener to hear a simpler underlying pattern: in this passage, we hear the repeating pulse “E-F-E-F.” If need be, as an exercise to become more aware of simple counterpoint, switch your hands, playing the “dominant” voice with your dominant hand.

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Patterns

Find the Balance Point

Even if the student doesn’t understand…. (is this part good? okay what Ellen says?) she plays the 2nd movement. Joe says you’ve come a long way. ‘wherever I am, I feel the balance” keep readjusting the balance, fulcrum is steady.

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Balance

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breath

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”.

External Force

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.

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An External Force

Flexible 2nd Finger

The 2nd finger is the pivot note: allow your 2nd finger to be flexible but anchored on that middle note in a wide melodic interval. 2nd finger wants to stay on the note. Flexible 2nd finger.

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Flexibility

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hands

Grouping Notes

“Grouping” of notes, need not correspond with the beginning and end of a measure. In this lesson, the student imagines a grouping that allows her hand to always begin on the same note, which makes the passage easier.

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Technique

Your own way

In a sense, composers live on through those who play their music. If the student feels inclined to play a different note than the composer wrote (if it’s easier and sounds all right, for example), Joe proposes that he or she do three things: 1. Listen: what is the a difference bet ween your way and the composer’s way?; 2. Take the time to play it your way; 3. Then try the composer’s way.

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Composer

Harmonic vs. Melodic Rhythm

To better understand the underlying harmonic (versus melodic) rhythm of a passage, condense a series of notes into one steady chord. Hear this simpler pattern when you play the piece “as written”.

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HarmonyRhythm

Speed

To improve speed, think about a progression of notes in this way: start on a note, end on a note, and let notes “in between” fill in the gaps.

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Speed

Harmonic Rhythm 2

The harmonic rhythm (or pattern of chords) of this piece, is changing frequently. Try playing everything down one octave to eliminate difficulty of it being too high in the bass. Hear the chords as richer and lower, even when they are high. Feel that non-harmonic tones in the chord, are tones of embellishment.

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chords

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