Baby Grand VS Grand Pianos What’s the Difference

From LivingPianos. Full Article: https://livingpianos.com/baby-grand-vs-grand-pianos-whats-the-difference/ Welcome to LivingPianos.com, I’m Robert Estrin. Today I’m going to talk about the differences between baby grands and grand pianos. You might just think one’s bigger than the other. That is an intelligent observation. But really, there are 3 fundamental differences between baby grand and grand pianos. I’m going to…

Do Concert Pianists Have to Keep Learning New Music? Chopin Fantasy in F Minor

From LivingPianos. FULL ARTICLE: https://livingpianos.com/do-concert-pianists-have-to-keep-learning-new-music-chopin-fantasy-in-f-minor/ Welcome to LivingPianos.com, I’m Robert Estrin. The question today is, "Do Concert Pianists Have to Keep Learning New Music?" You would think after decades of performing concerts, artists would have enough repertoire to last a lifetime. I grew up around my father, Morton Estrin, who was a concert pianist. He…

How to Keep a Piano Piece in Shape

From LivingPianos. Welcome to LivingPianos.com, I’m Robert Estrin. Today’s subject is about how to keep a piano piece in shape. Sometimes it’s the most difficult thing. You have a performance, and you get everything in good shape. But it can be like a ripe banana. Suddenly the whole bunch is just a disaster and you…

An Essential Wrist Technique

From LivingPianos. Welcome to LivingPianos.com, I’m Robert Estrin. Today I’m going to give you an important wrist technique. I’ve talked so much about how to utilize the wrist in many of my videos, as well as with my students. The wrists are almost as important as the fingers in piano playing! There’s so much the…

The Largest Music Store in America!

From LivingPianos. I recently visited the largest music store in the country, Sweetwater. Located in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Sweetwater is the second largest music retailer in the country with only one location. Guitar Center, the county’s largest music retailer, has 294 stores. Sam Ash, the 3rd largest music retailer in the U.S. has 44 locations.…

How to Sight-Read on the Piano

From LivingPianos. Welcome to LivingPianos.com, I’m Robert Estrin. The subject today is about how to sight-read on the piano. Sight-reading is one of the most difficult things you can do on the piano. Sometimes it seems absolutely mind boggling that it’s even possible! An accomplished player can take a piece of music they’ve never seen…

Chickering Baby Grand Piano – Living Pianos

From LivingPianos. Chickering is the oldest American piano company which was the #1 piano maker in the world at one time. This American made piano is in excellent condition! The sound of a great Chickering piano like this is so different from the plethora of Asian production pianos which are so common today. This California…

Great Music is Storytelling

From LivingPianos. Welcome to LivingPianos.com, I’m Robert Estrin. The subject today is about how great music is storytelling. This has many ramifications. For example, a great piece of music sometimes evokes images and emotions that can tell a story. It may not tell a story with words as much as with feeling and direction. Interestingly,…

Schiedmayer Grand Piano

From LivingPianos. Schiedmayer pianos go back to a family of instrument builders in the 1700’s. This venerable German piano builder sold the rights to the name to another great German piano manufacturer, Ibach. This piano has been rebuilt and refinished with new hammers, strings, tuning pins, damper felts, and more. The action is fluid and…

Why You Must Play on More Than One Piano

From LivingPianos. Welcome to LivingPianos.com, I’m Robert Estrin. Today’s subject is about why you must play on more than one piano. I am very fortunate because I’m always surrounded by pianos. As a matter of fact, when I was born, there was a piano in my bedroom, and my father had two pianos upstairs as…

How to Play Arpeggios: The Importance of Rotation

From LivingPianos. This is LivingPianos.com, I’m Robert Estrin. Today’s subject is about the importance of rotation when playing arpeggios. What makes arpeggios so difficult? Even compared to scales, which have third and fourth finger crossings, as well as thumb crossings, arpeggios can be even more difficult. This is because your thumb and your third finger…

World’s 1st Clear Piano

From LivingPianos. Brand: Clear Piano Serial#: 666 Model: Crystal Size: 6′ 4" Finish: Clear Build Date: 2023 Price: $∞ Sale: $√2 This is one of the most amazing pianos I have come across. I remember years ago at the NAMM show (National Association of Music Merchants) seeing a plexiglas piano for the first time. Years…

My First Recital

From LivingPianos. Welcome to LivingPianos.com, I’m Robert Estrin. Today’s show is about my first recital. It seems like it was only yesterday, even though I was a very young child. Performers know how different it is when you play for other people. In the olden days with in-person lessons, my students would play for me…

How to Develop More Speed in Your Piano Playing

From LivingPianos. Welcome to LivingPianos.com, I’m Robert Estrin. We now have over 1,300 videos here on Living Pianos and YouTube! After 1,300+ videos, what more is there to say? Well, quite a bit, really! Today’s subject is about how to develop more speed in your piano playing. I did a video about this years ago.…

1921 Knabe Ebony Grand Piano: Rebuilt

From LivingPianos. 1:09 Schumann: Carnaval 3:08 Bach: Invention No. 1 in C Major 4:37 Beethoven Pathetique Sonata; 2nd Movement This piano was restored in 2016. It is in excellent condition, lightly played, kept in a climate-controlled environment and regularly serviced. There is so much to tell about this classic American piano. First, Knabe pianos are…

Piano Test-Drive: Steinway Concert Grand

From LivingPianos. Welcome to LivingPianos.com. I’m Robert Estrin, and this is Piano Test-Drive! I have a gorgeous instrument to present to you! The first thing I did on this piano is the first thing I do on almost every piano I encounter, which is to improvise. I let the sounds take me where they will.…

Chopin Ballade #1 in G-Minor on Steinway Model D Concert Grand

From LivingPianos. Presenting, one of the great Steinway Concert Grand Pianos. Every Steinway concert grand has its own unique sound and character. When concert artists choose pianos, they look for various attributes to suit their personal preferences and particular style of playing. But every now and then, there’s a concert grand that stands above the…

Stealing Moments to Practice: Advice from Ruth Slenczynska

From LivingPianos. It is a great challenge to find enough time to practice! Even piano performance majors in conservatories have to deal with course loads to satisfy degree requirements. In my recent interview with Madam Ruth Slencyznska, I asked her how she managed to find time to practice, particularly when she was traveling from continent…

How Do You Achieve Smoothly Connected Chords on the Piano?

From LivingPianos. Hi, I’m Robert Estrin, and this is LivingPianos.com! Today’s subject is about how to achieve smoothly connected chords on the piano. This can be extremely difficult, particularly when you’re playing repeated chords. The whole mechanical nature of the piano is such that for a note to replay, the damper comes in contact with…

Schafer & Sons White Baby Grand

From LivingPianos. Schafer & Sons was once the second most popular piano brand in California! It was the brainchild of Vern Schafer, the owner of what was once the biggest chain of piano stores in America. Vern sourced pianos from all over the world including Schimmel pianos from Germany for his Schafer & Sons piano…

Should You Buy a Steinway?

From LivingPianos. This is LivingPianos.com. I’m Robert Estrin. Today’s question is: Should you buy a Steinway or other fine piano? It’s tough when you’re going to buy a piano. You will see digital pianos for a few hundred dollars. Then there are pianos for hundreds of thousands of dollars! So what should you get? Obviously…

How Can You Determine What Level Pianist You Are?

From LivingPianos. I get questions from piano students all the time asking, “How can I determine what level player I am?” Students from India have specific designations from organizations like ABRSM that have regimented repertoire putting students in specific categories of levels. Many music organizations like Music Teachers’ Association of California also categorize students by…

Charles Walter Studio Piano: Made in U.S.A.

From LivingPianos. Charles Walter pianos are one of the last American piano companies. Many people regard their uprights as unparalleled in quality of parts and manufacturing. There are many things that set Charles Walter pianos apart. The model 1500 is the American standard in studio pianos. With massive back posts supporting the frame, and 29…

Top 10 Piano Teacher Fails

From LivingPianos. Welcome to LivingPianos.com, I’m Robert Estrin. A few weeks ago, I put out a video on the top 5 piano lesson fails. I thought it was only fair to do the other side of the equation. So today, I’m sharing the top 10 piano teacher fails! Incidentally, these aren’t just about piano teachers.…

How to Figure Out Rhythms: Counting

From LivingPianos. I’m Robert Estrin. The subject today is about how to figure out rhythms by counting. It’s essential to count rhythms so you know the timing of a piece of music. There’s a lot that we can talk about here. The number one fundamental is understanding time signatures. Time signatures tell you how to…

Steinway & Sons Concert Grand Piano

From LivingPianos. Presenting, one of the great Steinway Concert Grand Pianos. Every Steinway concert grand has its own unique sound and character. When concert artists choose pianos, they look for various attributes to suit their personal preferences and particular style of playing. But every now and then, there’s a concert grand that stands above the…

What is the Most Productive Practice Routine?

From LivingPianos. This is LivingPianos.com. I’m Robert Estrin asking the question: What is the most productive practice routine? I’m sure this is important to many of you. If you spend a lot of time during the week practicing the piano, you want to get as much accomplished as possible. People often ask me, "How much…

How to Practice With a Metronome

From LivingPianos. Welcome to LivingPianos.com, I’m Robert Estrin. The subject today is about how to practice with a metronome. The metronome is one of the most valuable tools for your practice. It is perhaps the most valuable tool other than the instrument you’re playing on. The metronome is something that should be on your piano…

Why it’s So Hard to Start in The Middle of a Piece

From LivingPianos. Welcome to LivingPianos.com, I’m Robert Estrin. The subject today is about why it is so hard to start in the middle of a piece of music. Have you ever had that situation? Maybe during your practice something fumbles. So, you want to start from where you left off. You try, but it’s too…

How to Get Better at Playing The Piano

From LivingPianos. Welcome to LivingPianos.com, I’m Robert Estrin. The subject today is about how to get better at playing the piano. There are so many things you can do! Of course, everyone would say, "Practice!" That’s obvious. How to practice is a whole other subject for another video. I know people who practice incessantly and…

Baldwin Artist Grand Piano

From LivingPianos. This is one of the last, great, American made Baldwin Artist Series grand pianos. The condition is fabulous! At 6-feet 3-inches, you are rewarded with a big rich sound that is perfect for your home or small performance venue. It also makes a great recording piano because of the clear, rich tone. See…

How Fast is Allegro? How Loud is Forte?

From LivingPianos. I have two questions for you today: How fast is allegro, and how loud is forte? Have you ever seen a metronome with a tempo guide? It gives you all the speeds for andante, adagio, allegro, presto and more. But when you look at the guide, allegro is from 80 to 120. How…

How Do You Know When to Move on in Your Piano Practice?

From LivingPianos. Welcome to LivingPianos.com, I’m Robert Estrin. The subject today is about how to know when to move on in your piano practice. This is one of the most important aspects of working at the piano productively. After all, you don’t want to shortchange yourself and give up before you solve problems. Yet, you…

The Top 5 Piano Lesson Fails

From LivingPianos. Welcome to LivingPianos.com, I’m Robert Estrin. Today I’m going to tell you the top five piano lesson fails. Now I just want to say right from the get-go that I love teaching and I appreciate the hard work all my students put in. I have students all around the world. I counted it…

Should You Learn the Hardest Part of a Piece First?

From LivingPianos. Welcome to LivingPianos.com, I’m Robert Estrin. Today the subject is about learning the hardest part of a piece first. I’ve talked before about learning a new piece from the beginning and working in sequence. You should read through a piece a couple of times to familiarize yourself with it, then get to work…