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Discussion in 'General' started by pianolady, Feb 9, 2007.

  1. pianolady

    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    Okay, I thought this would be easy. I was very wrong. My son has a digital camera that also takes short videos, so I decided to figure out how to use it. Five hours later, this is all I got. My purpose was to let you see if there is anything weird about the way I play or move and hold my hands, etc.
    With all the wordly advice from all you experts, I thought it couldn't hurt.

    But...this is the worst quality recording you may ever see and hear. It is so small and sounds like it is coming from inside a tin can. And I was supposed to get 5 minutes of recording time but only got 2 minutes. That is why I disappear before the end. You may not even see enough to analyse anything. Oh well, have a good laugh!
     
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    I've seen far worse on YouTube :lol:

    Nice to see you play ! Doesn't seem to be anything weird about your playing style though you are obviously not optimally relaxed here. Get your son a bigger flash card for his birthday then you can record more, and you don't have to play so fast :wink:

    I wish now I'd bought a camera with microphone as well - but it was before my time with PS.
     
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    I see nothing to laugh about. Mr. Breemer is correct when he wrote that there is far worse on Youtube. Nothing to laugh about style or sound.


    I'll laugh when I hear something worse than my recordings....and trust me that won't happen :wink:
     
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    pianolady Monica Hart, Administrator Staff Member Piano Society Artist

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    You guys are funny. I would like a good digital video camera like what Robert has. We still have the old-fashioned video cassette recorder and the darn thing still works well. Maybe it is time for it to have an 'accident' so I can get a new digital.
    I wonder if we here on the site can get one of those 'group discounts' like we wished for with the Edirols.
     
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    Does not look weird to me, just the opposite. It's a nice (Piano)lady playing a nice Chopin Mazurka. If I would post a video you would see an ugly geezer without any hairs instead, and who likes to see that :cry:

    Does also not look tense to me either. You are sitting straight and the fingers (RH more than LH) are curved. Your hand wrists look however not very loose to me, that's the only observation I can make. So since you had injuries in that area, maybe there is something what could be more relaxed indeed. Can be totally wrong in that, not easy from watching a video.
     
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    Olaf, I'm sure you are not a geezer. To me, that means you are very old. I know how old you are and you are not a geezer. I think you should video tape yourself. Looks do not matter, but you can always just video tape your hands. Go ahead...let's have some more fun.
     
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    Ok, I will try to borrow a video camera and give it a try too. But I warned you...

    I think, regarding beeing tense somewhere, it is however not easy to detect from video. I remember my old piano teacher who took my wrists while playing and moved it up and down to check whether it's loose enough. Also the shoulders - are they relaxed or not.
    But at the end it is really fun to see you and others by video - one gets a closer imagine while listening to a recording.
     
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    My new teacher did the same thing, recently. While sitting at the piano and also standing he picked up my hands and arms to see how relaxed I could be and then let them drop. I was very, very tense. I can not relax easily so now everyday I am working on this. I hope nobody sees me, because they would think I am pretty strange, lifting my arms and dropping them.
     
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    sorry for the late reply...i just found this. I can see you like to collect bust too. I have got a chopin bust made out of white marble. What was that on the piano? Is it chopin too?

    I noticed you piano setting height is fairly high as compared to mine. I have to chop off 3 cm of my stool for my own custom lowered hand position( rather level to key bed).

    I was suggeting you to get a sony dvd r cam with external microphone to get a better sound quality; the price is coming down in australia-the base model = 700AS(australia dollar).

    The good thing about dvd r is that you record direct to dvd and later you can retrieve the files from computer. And one day you can show your grand children how you played :wink:
     
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    Another 'funny' today! John, I do not think you said this exactly right, but it made me laugh.

    Yes, it is Chopin. I put him in my backpack and bring him with me wherever I go.

    I don't know if my piano is high, but my bench is too low and I usually sit on a pillow, or put books underneath the legs to make it higher. I have an adjustable round stool too but it sqeaks too much. I am finally shopping around for an adjustable artist bench. The one I like costs $500. Is this a normal price? I have other stores to look at before I order this one.
     
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    What ever you do but always make sure your lower part(bottom) sets still, one of your leg must lean the weight on it. You allowed the upper body and elbow to follow where your finger goes. That means a slight upper lean movement is required when reach to the higher and lower part of keyboard. This will give you a firmer touch and sound.
     
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    I too see nohting strange but for that you look overall a bit tensed, probably because as you are aware of the camera. But as Olaf said, it is very hard to detect from a video and my teacher too check my wrist and arms. Nice playing!
     

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