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…

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…

How You Make Fast Piano Playing Feel Slow

From LivingPianos. Welcome to LivingPianos.com, I’m Robert Estrin. Today’s subject is about how you can make fast playing feel slow. There’s nothing worse than feeling rushed, whether it’s in your music or even in life! When you’re going through your day and you can’t quite get caught up with things, it can drive you nuts!…

How to Finger Octaves

From LivingPianos. Welcome to LivingPianos.com, I’m Robert Estrin. The subject today is about how to finger octaves. Octaves have a very simple fingering solution the vast majority of the time. Unless you have very large hands, the simple solution is to use your first and fifth fingers on white keys and your first and fourth…

The Danger of Looping Music in Practice

From LivingPianos. Welcome to LivingPianos.com, I’m Robert Estrin. The subject today is why looping sections of music doesn’t work in piano practice. It seems counterintuitive since you want to repeat things over and over to solidify them. Many times, I see students struggling, looping something over and over again, and not getting anywhere. Why doesn’t…

Secrets of Improvisation: Improvisation Made Easy

From LivingPianos. Welcome to Living Pianos.com, I’m Robert Estrin. The subject today is about improvising using diatonic seventh chords. I’ve been to many conservatories and master classes. Improvisation is almost never taught unless you’re a jazz major. It’s really shameful. As a matter of fact, I remember once meeting a pianist who was doing master’s…

How to Develop Brilliant Octaves in Your Piano Playing

From LivingPianos. Welcome to Living Pianos.com, I’m Robert Estrin. The subject today is about how you can develop brilliant octaves in your piano playing. It’s exciting when you go to a concert and there are big octave sections, like in the Tchaikovsky B-flat minor Piano Concerto. Or, in Liszt or Chopin octave sections where both…