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A Practical Guide to the Piano
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Hello!

My name is Alex Oliver Cawley, I'm posting here to try and get some exposure for my youtube channel which hosts A practical guide to the piano. Aimed at students who have a teacher already and are looking for some straight forward advice regarding practice, sight reading, technique etc

Please take a lot at my most recent video and do let me know what you think

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlCmq2DnoxQ

All the best

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Welcome to the forum, Alex!

Are you a teacher or in the music profession? Let us know a bit about yourself (also, if you are a professional, that should be listed in your signature line). smile


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Originally Posted by alexcawley
Aimed at students who have a teacher already and are looking for some straight forward advice regarding practice, sight reading, technique etc.

I am one such student. The particular thing you are teaching in this video is something I've been taught (i.e. smooth, non-angular movement in leaps) and a few other aspects as well. I wouldn't go to a video lesson for this since my teacher's lessons are sufficient, unless it were an aid to reinforce something.
What I liked about the video is that the concept was clearly presented in an organized manner, and the demo was equally well organized and consistent with what had been introduced. We might want to take this for granted, but there are plenty of tutorials where these basics are missing.
I was somewhat bothered that when you demonstrated the smooth and non-angular motion of the arms at the piano, your hand became rather stiff. We see this a lot in tutorials where the teacher focuses on the thing he teaches - students following videos will copy everything, including what you are not teaching.

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Hi Keystring

Thanks for your comments!

The videos are meant mainly as a resource for certain aspects of piano technique and never as a replacement for a good teacher. I still think it is nice to have these videos as a reminder if you like, just a quick recap of things to help people stay on the right track with practice as I think what to practice is the most important part of practice.

Regarding what you say about being stiff I think thats a really good point and something I'll definitely keep in mind in the future so thank you.

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Hi Morodiene

Thanks for the welcome.
I'm not a profession musician in that I don't perform very often but I teach piano. I'm also a composer and I'm currently working on put out some videos of my own pieces you can check the most recent one out right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpHkx6TDVZs

All the best

Alex Oliver Cawley

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alexcawley #2630844 04/06/17 09:02 PM
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That was a helpful video.

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Maybe too much words? I mean, it is a video, not a book, it is for watching! If I would hear the few words "Do it like this:", and then I watch your posture and movement and listen to the resulting sound, and then I would hear "Do it not like this:" with the following live demonstration, then I would have gotten all the information in 30 seconds. The practical demonstration is not longer than some 30 seconds in this video.
Anyway, thanks for the video!

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Was there a rainstorm outside when you recorded that?



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No rain storm it's the the quality of my camera isn't all that great. How did you find the lesson?

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Kirk Tuck, an Austin TX pro photographer who has lately taken a deep dive into video creation (because his clients want/demand it), has been writing as much about sound recently as about "video". He makes the point that the difference between video that engages the viewer and one that does not is very often the sound quality.

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Alex,

I will be perfectly candid here. I would not show your video to my student, sound quality notwithstanding. Your fingers are tense and up in the air when you play, instead of at rest. I'm not sure if that's how you play - I suspect it is - but that is the very thing I work at to eliminate in my students' playing.

The ideas you present are good, but I think you can say them more succinctly. I've made instructional videos before, and it's so easy to say too much, and I had to work to whittle it down to smaller sound bites.

It's hard to do, but I think if you redid the video and also worked out the technical issue with your fingers up in the air, it would be very helpful. smile


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The sounds quality is something I will look into and it should be easy enough to fix, it seems to be a problem so I'll get on that.

In regards to having my fingers high someone has pointed this out and it's just a bi product of teaching and trying to be clear about what I'm doing so I isolate whichever finger I'm using so people can see clearly what is happening. I don't recommend that people play with tense fingers and I supposed I shouldn't show people that.


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