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I have worked with the material of several of the teachers' mentioned here. I'd say that they each offer different things, focus on different elements, so it also depends on what you're looking for, and what you're at. Btw, Shirley Kirsten should also be in the list.

Zhdanov - I bought a set on the Burgmueller etudes, and worked on Sylphs. He is very good in setting out technique, that is physical motions for different types of motions - or "gestures" for different types of passages - clarity and thoroughness. It is easy to study; to work with this material. Nothing is left out. He also plays through the piece at full tempo. This is important, because often physical gestures are shown in exaggeration, possibly simplified (by anyone), and it is better to also see it in 'real form'.

He is also responsive. I had a question about the format of the course (can I download the notation so I can write in it with a pencil) and he responded within a day or two. Recently in one of his Youtube videos he addressed the idea of "one buttock playing" per that popular video, preferring stability - I found a video where he himself had leaned, and he responded within a couple of hours. Before responding, he studied the video of his own playing several times, put a link to his other video into the Youtube channel, and will be examining this more closely. This is the opposite of rigid and unresponsive teachers, and to me, a sign of good teaching. ...... He also has videos on purely technical matters.

Fitch - Presently, I purchased a course on the Beethoven Pathetique - I won't be able to do mov't 1 at anywhere near full tempo, so it's a first pass and stretch piece, but there is plenty to learn here. I got it for one passage in particular. For this passage, he sets out a series of 8 exercises to be practised one after the other, each over a number of days. You emphasize different notes, play particular rhythms, leave out or add notes. By the time you're done, you have a facility in your hands that wasn't there before (that's the aim). He also has a lot of material on pure technique which might dovetail with this.

Zhdanov and Fitch are sort of opposite, and thus complementary.

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Masicotte Has a lot of physical teaching things I like. When teaching pieces he does tend to sort of meander, though not as bad as Josh Wright who seems to jump all over the place, interupting himself. I think I purchased one little course on a piece from Wright, and vaguely remember that it might have been more organized, but not to the level of Fitch or Zhdanov.

A video lesson needs to be organized, because it's different from in-person lessons. In the latter, each week is a teaching unit that builds on what was taught before, and the progress your teacher sees in your playing, telling the teacher where to lead you next. A purchased video lesson contains "everything" you'll be doing, as you develop what you're playing, and you need to be able to refer to it, find your way back to this or that element, etc. There's nothing worse than watching a teacher introduce something - he's about to demonstrate, to eagerly watch his hands, which then go back to waving in the air as he says "On the other hand, this reminds me...." - it is fatiguing. Fitch and Zhdanov seem to have preplanned every gesture and each thing they teach.

Edit - I just noticed the title says "free". The teachers I mentioned also have free content. That said, the courses I purchased were quite inexpensive. I think a course on one piece by Zhdanov was EUR 5, which at today's exchange rate is $5.67 USD. A single lesson with a teacher costs a great deal more. These can also be like supplements.

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probably this is a little tangential to the topic, but I love the theme song to the HBO series”Succession” and so I’ve been on a hunt for tutorials for that song. I know it’s pop, but Asmosdoll’s channel seems to have a lot of tutorials.



I can’t resist adding the wonderful Vanity Fair showcase with the composer Nicholas Brittell



but: not a tutorial! ☺️

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something went wrong with the Amosdoll “Succession” tutorial, so trying again


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Allysia on Pianotv have a whole course for FREE on how to play Chopin Waltz in a minor (op post hum). Abrsm level 3=4?, jumping left hand… Tips for each part and very structured. If you like her style you can buy lessons etc. She also have a free book on piano practice. (She really gets through the screen and talks a lot).

https://www.pianotv.net/2016/01/waltz-in-a-minor-by-chopin-simplified-piano-tutorial/


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Originally Posted by keystring
Btw, Shirley Kirsten should also be in the list.

She is! Second link I put in this thread. I love her musicality.

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Edit - I just noticed the title says "free". The teachers I mentioned also have free content. That said, the courses I purchased were quite inexpensive.

It is actually a good idea to buy courses on pieces. But I'll start with the free tutorials to see if those teachers teach in a way that appeals to me. smile


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Ping LarryShone, take a look at this thread!


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I recently stumbled over Tommy's Piano Corner
https://youtube.com/c/TommysPianoCorner
Here you can read about his background.
https://tommyspianocorner.com

Note that he is neither a professional pianist nor a teacher.
But from my amateurish prospective i think that he gives some really well thought out and researched tipps and tricks.
What i like especially are his tutorials on specific pieces.
Unlike most of the other YT teachers he doesn't limit himself (and his viewers) to mainly technical aspects of learning them.
He also gives a lot of insight into analysis of the pieces, shows how they are structured, their melody lines, etc.

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In another thread, someone mentioned Sally Christian. Nice to find yet another teacher with free online tutorials!



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I have recently come across this one, where the objective seems to be to teach piano teaching! I've only seen one of her videos, but it was somewhat useful for me.

Janna Williamson - YouTube


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Originally Posted by QuasiUnaFantasia
I have recently come across this one, where the objective seems to be to teach piano teaching! I've only seen one of her videos, but it was somewhat useful for me.

Janna Williamson - YouTube
Very interesting - I never saw her before. Those are quite useful even for students. Thanks for that!

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Paul Barton is good.

https://www.youtube.com/c/PaulBartonThailand/videos

I also second Graham Fitch.

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I already mentioned him some weeks ago

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If you don't speak the language offered in the tutorial you can translate subtitles to a your language shown in this quick video:


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Great thread. Joseph at FlexLessons has a paid site but also a number of free youtube videos on beginner/intermediate pieces, many from the Masterworks Classics series.
https://www.youtube.com/c/FlexLessons for a list of videos.

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Originally Posted by EP
Great thread. Joseph at FlexLessons has a paid site but also a number of free youtube videos on beginner/intermediate pieces, many from the Masterworks Classics series.
https://www.youtube.com/c/FlexLessons for a list of videos.

Hi EP
I looked at a few of his videos, and I’m not finding a tutorial, where he has guidance on how to play the music. What I found was videos of him playing. Did I miss something?


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My apologies, I was a member of his site and I thought some of the tutorials were also on youtube, but perhaps what's on youtube is just shortened versions without the tutorial part.

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Originally Posted by EP
My apologies, I was a member of his site and I thought some of the tutorials were also on youtube, but perhaps what's on youtube is just shortened versions without the tutorial part.

No problem! Thanks for letting us know


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If you don't speak the language offered in the tutorial you can translate subtitles to a your language shown in this quick video:

How accurate is Google Translate? In the past I've come across translations that are out of context and practically laughing out loud. 😄😄

Once I used Google T to turn a paragraph in Chinese to English. The Chinese phrase 打风 came up as "battle the wind". If you do a Google search on it, a number of links would come up and the common translation is: to be hit by a storm (typhoon in particular). If you translate the word 台风 into English you get typhoon & vice versa. It's a noun with just 1 meaning so translating either way is not a problem. When you have words that can be used in combination with other words to give different meanings, Google translate can be off.

Another example: "car park". The word car is understood to be a vehicle to get around but park can be used as a noun or a verb. GT might turn car park into "car garden" in another language.

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