Learn piano online - Classical romantic

Finger agility
Learn the method to achieve finger agility on the piano online

Learn piano online, more tips and advice on playing classical romantic songs obtained after attending a classical romantic piano concert.

The first 3 bars of the right hand (RH) notes in 'Val Del Requerdo' are rests. It is up to the left hand (RH) to voice out the beginning of the melifluous tone of this gorgeous piece.

Open LH palm while maintaining the curves of the finger so that the 5th finger can play the A and quickly leap one octave higher to land on middle A.

Before ending the phrase on E, the B before it has to be played using the index finger. That means thumbs under the index finger to arrive on the ending note.

Such deft fingering manuevers are necessary to play a classical song well - all the while keeping the legato intact.

Agile fingers conjuring phrases of unbroken legato is a sight to behold. Learning piano is so much more than practicing, observing can also be inspiring. [Photo: Alyssa Khong at the PAC, Straits Quay]

The finger agility required can be acquired through practice of the major scales, aprpeggios and chromatic scales.

Scales and arpeggios are the less glamorous parts of piano playing, but they are essential. They coach the fingers to move on the piano in regimented fashion resulting in strength in the fingers and eventually agility.

Before starting to play any compositions, it is best to exercise with scales be it major scales or chromatic scales or arpeggios for 30 minutes to an hour. Then you can start practising the piece you have been clamouring to play for so long.

Those 30 minutes to an hour of practicing scales is worth a ton of gold in the time you would have saved when trying to master an actual song later.

By practising scales, technique is built into the hands and fingers - technique which comes into effect when you are playing a composition. The outcome will clearly be noticeable.

Piano accompanying the violin and viola would demand near perfect technique and insight on the time values of notes. The clarinet completes the ensemble. [Photo: Ensemble Koschka performing on August 13th]

Keeping the legato intact
Legato on the piano online

“Keeping the legato intact” was briefly mentioned earlier. In means to play each note in a phrase continuously, one leading naturally to the next in a smooth flowing musical arch.

For example; you are practicing the scale of C major. After playing C with your thumb, as the index finger lands on D, keep the thumb on C briefly. Once the index finger has sunk fully on the key ( D ), then you can lift the thumb up.

Simply put, the point is to not jump from one note to another, thus disconnecting the smoothness of the musical arch we are trying to link.

It is paramount to relax the arm and wrists as well as loosening your shoulders when attempting to execute legato in a phrase. Sustain the hand positions just above the keys on the piano.

In case you are still continuing the scale of C major, overlap the E using the 3rd finger with D which was played with the index finger.

My routine is to practice scales over 2 octaves going up and coming back down to the starting note - repeating paragraph 10 and 12 in the process several times until I am content with the outcome.

Scales are exhaustive. To avoid getting deflated and loosing the motivation to practice, I only practice after I am well rested and in a clear state of mind.

Struck by a fresh sense of discovery after a witnessing a live classical performance with the piano on center stage. Delicate touch, technique and tone production can be studied and conquered with effort and perseverence. [Photo : Ensemble Koschka prior to an encore at the PAC, Straits Quay]

Hours of practice
Work ethics practicing the piano online

Playing the piano is creative work. One cannot have evil distractions inside ones head during practice. 

It is also recommended to practice two or three easy compositions, songs that you like for the purpose of breaking the monotonous nature of practicing scales. Slot them in between after every fifteen minutes or so.

A professional pianist most probably practice 8 hours a day, but they are making a living from their music. Merely a piano enthusiast, I can only muster a 2 hour practice session a day before my mind starts to wander.

However, consistently doing so has been enough to improve my piano playing by leaps and bounds.

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