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#2982006 05/21/20 05:20 AM
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Do you have any favorite pieces that you use to introduce portato articulations? I have found it one of the more nuanced and difficult articulations to get a handle on.

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IntermedPianist #2982119 05/21/20 10:58 AM
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I like starting out with pieces like Andantino from Les Cinq Doigts by Stravinsky and Le Petit Rien by Couperin.

A bit further down the road you could try Grieg's Arietta Op. 12, No. 1, or consider the transcription of Handel's Largo from Xerxes.

Some early Mozart pieces are good for this purpose, too: Minuet in F Major, K.2, and the slightly more difficult Minuet and Trio, K. 1.

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I just looked these over, very accessible. I wasn't familiar with the Handel transcription at all, a nice piece.

Thanks for taking the time to help me out with this!

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Did anyone, just for a second, wonder what on earth a Teaching Potato is?

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Originally Posted by IntermedPianist
Do you have any favorite pieces that you use to introduce portato articulations? I have found it one of the more nuanced and difficult articulations to get a handle on.

Actually, there is an infinite array of articulations between legato and staccato. You can try using the word "sticky staccato" for the little kids. Like their fingers are stuck on the keys, and there are different degrees of stickiness.


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Joseph Fleetwood #2982411 05/22/20 07:50 AM
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Did anyone, just for a second, wonder what on earth a Teaching Potato is?

No, but every time I scroll past it, it does get me started on "You say 'portayto;' I say 'portahto...'"


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Originally Posted by Joseph Fleetwood
Did anyone, just for a second, wonder what on earth a Teaching Potato is?


Or if it's potayto or potahto?


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Joseph Fleetwood #2982455 05/22/20 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Joseph Fleetwood
Did anyone, just for a second, wonder what on earth a Teaching Potato is?

Yes. It's the reason I clicked on the thread and arrived in here. Glad I'm not alone.

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I thought it was going to be a review of veggie music lessons, like beets for quarters...
and couch potato is a rest?


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The strange thing is, when I was a student, I was playing portato before I knew what it was (I was taught to play everything from legato to non legato to staccato to staccatissimo, and all 50 Shades of Grey in between), just as I ate that strange tasteless root veg potato before I knew I was eating it. (Where I came from, potatoes were, and still are, an expensive Western import, so nobody bought them, so they weren't imported, so I never knew of their existence.....).

In other words, I was never taught how to eat potatoes, because there was nobody teaching potato.


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