An etude is an exercise (should be pretty one) that sounds like a musical piece,
but usually focuses on a principal technical aspect of playing, such as arpeggios (playing
like a harp) or legato (ties). We will
progress in this direction only after we know the piece. Yes, improving playing technique
through etudes and pieces in general can only come after we have mastered the piece and
are free to deal with an easier, better and more aesthetic performance.
3. Knowledge of
If you are interested in increasing your knowledge of music, we can teach you how music is
formed. We will start with the things we play. For example, if we are doing scales, we
will study the structure and basic principles of scales
several domains of knowledge that every advanced student should acquire:
c. Chords and
in composing and improvisation.
4. Building a
This stage involves choosing the pieces you intend to play for an audience. This does not
have to be a concert audience. It could be playing for family, friends, in an exam or (if
you are a teacher) for students. It is very important to choose pieces carefully, because
we will be spending a lot of time working on these pieces. Therefore I always involve the
student in this decision process.
We suggest including an early piece, a Baroque piece, Classical and Spanish material as
well as a contemporary piece. We encourage students to write their own pieces and include
them in the repertoire as well.
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