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How I memorize piano music | Jocelyn Swigger | TEDxGettysburgCollege

November 5, 2019

Translator: Alice Spangaro
Reviewer: Queenie Lee Jocelyn Swigger: Let’s talk about
how you translate something like that into something like this. (Music: Chopin “Étude Op. 25,
No. 2, in F minor”) The two questions that I get asked
most often after I play a concert are “How do you make
your fingers move so fast?” and “How do you remember
all those notes?” There’s a short answer: lots and lots and lots and lots … … of practice. And after a hard day
practicing hard piano music, I actually really like to unwind
by listening to science. This is partly
because I’m really fascinated by the actual scientific discoveries, and I love podcasts,
[TEDx] Talks, chatting with friends. But I think it’s also because I really
relate to the process of finding those scientific
discoveries out. So, as I understand it, that process – that process includes slogging
through lots of short-term details for the sake of a long-term goal
that might not even be possible; experimenting to see what works
and what doesn’t work; analyzing complicated and often nonverbal
architectures of ideas; handling simultaneous
conflicting concepts at the same time; and then on a really, really good day, you get to discover creative,
fun, intuitive epiphanies. This sounds to me
just like practicing the piano. So just like science, practicing the piano has its fun,
creative, and intuitive moments, but most of what I’m doing
is analytical problem-solving and repetition. I have to figure out how to do something, and then I have to repeat it enough that I can trust that I’ll play it
the way I wanted to. So the first step
is parsing a nonverbal code, and I want to take just a minute to go through how to read music
very, very quickly. Every note on the keyboard
has its own spot on the staff, (Plays musical scale) and its own letter name: (Plays musical scale) A, B, C, D, E, F, G. The notes go up, (Plays) they go down, (Plays) and they stay the same. (Plays) We mark timed silence
with squiggles and squares. We read from left to right
just like reading English. Mostly the right hand plays the top line,
the left hand plays the bottom line, and stuff occupying the same vertical
happens at the same time. (Plays piano score) A beam makes things go twice as fast. (Plays piano score) And twice as fast. (Plays piano score) And twice as fast. (Plays piano score) So hopefully with that,
you can see that this is fairly easy. (Plays piano score) And this is a little more difficult, (Plays piano score) and this might kill you. (Laughter) (Plays piano score) So how do you memorize
something like that? Well, let’s look at the process. When I’m memorizing, learning music, I’m analytically problem-solving
from four different directions, and those are the four different kinds
of memory that I need: how something looks, how it sounds,
how it feels, and how it’s shaped. So first is visual memory. For me, the way the notes look
on the page is actually not that helpful. I don’t have a full-on
photographic memory, and I’m very jealous of those who do. So I can’t remember
all the little dots on the page, but actually, how my hands look
on the keyboard is a huge part of figuring out
how to do a jump like this. (Plays piano score part) So that visual moment is very important
in the learning process. Next is the aural memory, and this usually puts itself in place while I’m figuring out
how I want something to sound. So I have to make decisions like: Do I want to listen to the top part
of the right hand when I play this? (Plays, stressing on right-hand top part) Or do I want to listen
to the thumb of the right hand? (Plays, stressing on right thumb) By the time I’ve really work that out,
the tune gets stuck in my head, and that means that the aural memory
is pretty much in place. Next is the physical memory, and this is really where I have
to get into my analytical problem-solving, and I have a real incentive
to solve my problems and figure out how to do things, because if I don’t … Well, first of all, it can sound terrible
but it also can really hurt, a lot! So I want to try and figure out
how to do things. And this involves
a lot of problem-solving, and I want to show you
some of those problems. So when I do this left-hand pattern, if I try to stretch between my pinky
and my ring finger to play this, (Plays left hand) it sounds terrible,
and it’s really hard, and it hurts, and life is miserable
and I’d rather go watching Netflix. (Laughter) But it actually works if I use a position
that I call the one-eared llama, like, “Hello, I am a two-eared llama!”
“Hello, I am a one-eared llama!” (Laughter) because the distance between the ear
and the nose of the llama is an easier way to play this pattern. Sometimes I’m trying to teach one hand
how to do two things at once. In this one, the left hand is playing
just a little boom shot pattern. (Plays left hand) The bottom part of my right hand
is playing this simple little chord and then the top part of my right hand is playing this really evil,
difficult climb. (Plays right-hand chromatic scale) So I’m doing that
at the same time is this. (Plays full right hand) That’s only possible
if my thumb isn’t collapsed. So if my thumb is collapsed,
I can’t do it. But if I make sure that my thumb
is really supported – see, collapsed, supported – it becomes possible. And actually, it turns out
that Chopin’s hand has this beautifully
supported thumb joint, there. This is from a marble in Budapest. Sometimes I’m trying to teach
one hand to play one rhythm and the other hand to play another. Can I have everybody please –
we’ll do some audience participation – could you all please do:
stomp, clap-clap, and keep that going? Audience: (Stomp, clap-clap rhythm)
JS: Great! Keep going! (Accompanies stomp, clap-clap rhythm) Thank you! So now could you please do:
stomp-clap, stomp-clap, Ready? And go! Audience: (Stomp-clap, stomp-clap rhythm) (Accompanies stomp-clap rhythm) Great! So now stomp and then clap
really, really quietly and decide if you want to do
two or three at the same time. So stomp, stomp, stomp, stomp,
stomp, stomp, listen to both. (Accompanies rhythm) Thank you! So I’m doing
both of those at the same time. Sometimes I have to think about two and three at the same time
in a different way. So this rhythmic gesture
is in groups of three. (Plays music score) Can you hear that? (Plays)
That’s one-two-three, one-two-three … But the actual physical gesture
is in two-note groups. It’s going (Plays) up and up
and up and up and up and up. So when I play something like this, I’m sort of experiencing
two and three at the same time. (Plays piano score) So by the time I’ve got all that in place,
the muscle memory is there. But muscle memory is a fickle friend because your body
doesn’t always feel the same. Especially when you feel nervous
your body feels totally different, we already heard about that today. So you have to have a backup system, and this is where we come to
how it’s shaped: the analytical memory. So what I have to do when I’m dealing
with my analytical memory is I have to find patterns, I have to understand the grammar,
and I have to chunk my information. So let me show you how this works. If I were to tell all of you
that on Monday you’re going to be required
to stand up on this stage and recite from memory
this sequence of letters, I think you’ll feel
like I ruined your weekend. But maybe if you’re game
and you decide to do it, so you might look to see
if anything jumps out at you. And maybe if you’re a Scrabble player
you might see that WXIJ, and you might say,
“Oh, look, that happens twice!” Then you might look at what happens
right before it and right after it, and you might see that there’s actually
a string that repeats itself. When something happens twice
you only have to learn it once. So now we have less information
we have to deal with, but you’re still kind of depressed
about this task, I think. But you might go back in
and look for patterns. And you might see, well, TU –
that’s an alphabetical order pair. OK. WX, that’s an alphabetical order pair,
and they’re all alphabetical order pairs. Maybe that’s interesting. So then at this point, you might
start moving them around to see if you can find
some kind of pattern that makes some kind of sense out of this. Well, if you look at the red letters you’re probably not going to feel
like you’ve really gotten very far. But if you look at the black letters you might start seeing some sort
of pattern that might be helpful, if you go down (Laughter)
like in the first line. Then we might actually put this in order, and then if we put back in
the thing we took out, maybe this pattern doesn’t seem
quite as daunting. This is the kind of thing
that I have to deal with when I’m trying to figure this out. So, if I play something like this, (Plays piano score) that’s a lot of notes. But it happens that the stuff
in the blue boxes … (Plays notes inside blue boxes)
… is the same, just a little higher. And if I collapse them all down
to their closest position, I can really think
of all of those as being this chord, and I have a name for it,
which is C major. So I’m thinking
of one piece of information instead of all of those pieces
of information. Sometimes there’s a little
more noise thrown in. Here, this is a Chopin
nicknamed “Wrong Note” étude (Plays piano score) So he kind of wrote in these wrong notes that then resolved to the right notes. And if you try to memorize
the information of the wrong notes, that’s really hard to figure out, just like our alphabetical ordered pairs
and Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. But if you accept that the wrong notes are just kind of these mean
downstairs neighbors and you think about this … … this I can actually think of
as being one chord, (Plays chord) which is E minor. So I can think of it that way. So then, what do you do
when you see something like this? Well, first you cry, (Laughter) and then you start looking for patterns. So you might see that it goes (Plays piano score)
in and out and in and out and in and out and in and out. So let’s look at
that very first little in-out pair. (Plays piano score) So the top notes of the right hand
are B, F, D, G#, and it so happens that those are also
the top notes of the left hand. (Plays) B, F, D, G#. The bottom notes of the right hand
are also the same as the bottom notes of the left hand, and actually, just this, (Plays) those notes together
are B, F, D, G#. (Plays) So actually, we can think about
all of this as being this chord, (Plays as chord) which is easier to think about than this. (Plays in-out pattern) So I won’t walk you through all of this, but the next red box
is exactly the same thing, (Plays chord) a step lower, and then it changes and changes
and changes. (Plays chords) So instead of thinking about
all of this information, (Plays in-out pattern) I can think about …
(Plays sequence of single notes) which is much easier
for my poor brain to handle. So, what I just showed you is between the first blue arrow
and the second blue arrow. I won’t walk you through it, but trust me that between
the second and third blue arrow is the same thing a step down, and then at the third blue arrow,
it’s the same thing as step down again. So it’s very much worth my while to be good at starting
at the first blue arrow, and also good at starting
at the second blue arrow, and also good at starting
at the third blue arrow. So that if panic strikes, or something happens
in between two arrows, I can jump to the next place,
so that’s building myself a safety net. So once I’ve chunked my information, then I’m ready to think about
the larger structure. And it so happens that a lot
of classical music is an A-B-A form. It’s just shaped like a sandwich. You have a thing
and then a different thing and then a thing
that’s similar to the first thing. Once I have like overall structure,
I make a theory map. I actually write out all the chords;
I make my students do this too. And then once I have my theory map,
I have to memorize the map, and one way that I do this
is by playing the music while saying the name of the chord. So I might do something like A minor,
D minor, A minor, (Plays piano score) E7 … A … E. And if I want to emphasize the chords’ or the harmonies’
relationships to each other, rather than their individual identities,
I can throw numbers at them. So I can say: 1, 4, 1, (Plays piano score) 5, 1, 5 … … 1. So by the time I figured out
how to do that, all four of my memories are in place – how it looks, how it sounds,
how it feels, and how it’s shaped. And here’s the really cool thing: when I say that the memory
is in an actual place, it’s an actual place! With every repetition that I have to do,
my brain is building myelin, which is the unbelievable protein that wraps itself around neural pathways
and makes them go faster. So I’ll leave you with a quotation from somebody who had a lot
of musical myelin and a question. Einstein said, “If I were not a physicist,
I would probably be a musician. I think in music.
I live my daydreams in music. Our next generation of scientists
has a lot of problems to solve. Here’s my question. What kind of discoveries might
they come up with if we make sure that they know how to think in music?” Thank you. (Applause)


  • Reply athma75 April 9, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Sensual woman

  • Reply Steve April 10, 2019 at 4:30 am

    I still read sheet music but don’t have the patience nor desire to attempt 16 or 32nd notes

  • Reply Rise of The Tune Raider April 11, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    Personally I just practice then play and memorize it and thats it: Dont ask me how but its nothing magical: Perhaps its as simple as hard work paying off with the help of inherited epigenetic memory:

    Simply put – each note and tone must be familiar yet all must be the most important thing in practice and playing: In saying this – I am extremely obsessed with Guitar and Piano: EXTREMELY: I dont read sheet music either but have grasped the concept: IMO Musical notation – sheet music was a form of great art but now its mostly about over complications of the simplistic on purpose:

    This creates a perpetual cash for information industry which involves secrecy and a lot of manipulation causing `students` to learn bad habits – which can only be undone once they pay for better lessons: NOTE: The pressed key or touched note comes first and is then written down: No matter what:

  • Reply Gary Snowdon April 12, 2019 at 4:37 pm

    Wow so much knowledge there

  • Reply Paul Mayer April 13, 2019 at 5:37 am

    Good talk, great cognitive strategies. However… Einstein, by his own admission, learned to play the violin "without ever practicing systematically", claiming "love is a better teacher than a sense of duty". If we're trying to get scientists to "think in music", I'm not sure that breaking apart pieces to into variations on repeated motifs is what Einstein meant. Just my opinion though, you'd have to ask him 😉
    Also, myelin is a lipid (fatty) sheath, and not a "protein". It has some protein content, though much less than other lipid membranes. This is because myelin is effectively an electrical insulator for your nervous system (sort of like the plastic on copper wires). Proteins are polar/charged by nature, which isn't the best for insulators, which is why myelin tends to have less protein than other lipid membranes. The less charge/polarity the "insulator" has, the less in interferes with traveling electrical signals going through your nerves, axons, etc., and the more it shields electrical current/charge inside the sheath from electrical charges outside the sheath. This is why "myelinated" nerve cells transmit signals MUCH faster than non-myelinated ones.

  • Reply Thomas Pick April 13, 2019 at 10:22 am

    Glad she is married already. Over the hill!

  • Reply XDank_Tea April 13, 2019 at 6:56 pm

    Wow this makes piano scary

  • Reply sk8rdad April 14, 2019 at 5:00 am

    Once I turned the sheet music 90 degrees to the right it all made sense

  • Reply Cecilia Solana April 14, 2019 at 11:20 pm

    0:21 I Love The Boots 0:37 YES 0:49 I thought so… GODDESS

  • Reply Carmen R April 16, 2019 at 2:15 am

    Playing piano with grey cowboy boots on is pretty badass.

  • Reply John Mar April 17, 2019 at 2:28 pm

    it is interesting to see another angle of memorizing music…I find your way is very difficult for me to use. I simply play and memorize the music by looking at it(visual) and muscle only.

  • Reply Froehlig Girlz April 18, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    First: this is brilliant.

    Not so important: I'd like to see her do this to Bach.

    No one cares: Myelin is primarily comprised of fats. Think plastic coating around electrical wire. Hydrocarbons, OK ,carbon is a drone. It does a lot of hooking up, but nearly nothing else… forget the actual transmission of positive (or electrical) energy.

    My 2 cents: What she's calling Analysis, I call Abstraction. People do this all.the.time. We'd cognitively explode if we didn't (I think some types of depression may be a bit of abstracting gone awry. Conspiracy theorizing, anyone? ) What she's doing is making that process deliberate. Freaking brilliantbrlliantbrilliant work.

  • Reply Thomas Zhang April 19, 2019 at 12:54 am

    no analytics going into my memorization lol oopsie

  • Reply donny tarbert April 19, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Finger memory can really let you down…

  • Reply Sergo Grishevich April 19, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    No, no and no. I suppose that she struggles a lot using her approach while leaning technically hard pieces which does not fit to any pattern. And there is a lot of such kind of piano musik. And I think she is just in half-way of her path to find the truth about how she really memorises all this stuff.

  • Reply Arjuna April 20, 2019 at 2:55 pm

    thrice as fast? I'd read up on either theory or grammar! nice video nonetheless

  • Reply flyingcat2054 April 20, 2019 at 5:21 pm


  • Reply Franky Guadalupe April 22, 2019 at 2:57 pm

    This woman is truly a master. Thank you, I did learn from this

  • Reply Tom Carroll April 24, 2019 at 6:22 pm

    What music is that at 3:37 please!

  • Reply Odi Mort April 29, 2019 at 9:24 pm


  • Reply Joe K April 29, 2019 at 10:28 pm

    it's a shame they couldnt get a real piano

  • Reply Algy Mills April 29, 2019 at 10:57 pm

    Finger memory,leave it to ur fingers!

  • Reply masha A May 8, 2019 at 4:36 am

    Can someone please tell me the name of the piece at 5:15? wanna learn it so much! thanks

  • Reply Peter Jongsma May 9, 2019 at 9:46 am

    Use Chord progression.

  • Reply Jackson Li May 15, 2019 at 12:09 pm

    as soon as she started playing that opening theme of 25/11 aka winter wind I died inside

  • Reply uilsoum May 15, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    “And this might kill you”

  • Reply Claude Debussy May 16, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    What is the piece played at the start of the video??

  • Reply MyGully1 May 16, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Thank you for pointing out what I’ve done when I’m really learning, I look for patterns. Learning with muscle memory is so darn hard with arthritis of any sort, wish I could see more of your hand patterns like the llama (better view) . Thank you so much again for sharing

  • Reply Mathias Justesen May 16, 2019 at 6:58 pm

    the supported thumb joint part I don't really get, what does she mean?

  • Reply Faze_Jeds :/ May 24, 2019 at 4:08 am

    you and i remember Budapest differently

  • Reply Angelos Trikala May 24, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Is genetic

  • Reply Theodore Zuckerman May 25, 2019 at 9:15 pm

    I have absolutely no idea what she is talking about. I have to "chunk my information"? What does that mean? TU WX? Where did those letters come from? Music notation only goes from A to G. "You might see that it goes in and out and in and out." You might, but I did not see any such thing.

  • Reply pipe-organ May 26, 2019 at 11:29 am

    More teachers should give their students structure like this to learn from. Excellent!

  • Reply Картавый Dante May 26, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    To summarize this video: a lots of practise

  • Reply Marco Kropp May 27, 2019 at 3:43 am

    WOW! Loved this video. It is an insight of the thought process of someone who reads real fast music….

  • Reply kev mc May 27, 2019 at 6:27 am

    very informative, would have been even better is there was a cam on the keyboard 🙂

  • Reply Gloria May 27, 2019 at 8:21 am

    I'm 26 and I regret never taking piano lessons so much.

  • Reply Daniel Cardozo May 27, 2019 at 11:02 am

    All this sounds so unnecessary and unrealistically complicated

  • Reply Mike Lincoln May 28, 2019 at 12:49 am

    I love the piano, I Have never consciously had to think about memorizing anything I enjoy playing.

  • Reply Rogelio Rivera May 28, 2019 at 5:37 am

    She loves Chopin

  • Reply Sahdah May 28, 2019 at 4:50 pm

    Huh, I guess when I memorized music it was based off of where the story was going– which is very vague and abstract. I was surprised by the outlining of the chords and assigning them numbers. Of course, I play more by ear than theory so it makes sense for my brain.

  • Reply Charles Dibben May 29, 2019 at 7:02 am

    Having a camera above to show the hands playing would have been so immensely helpful. or at least from behind!

  • Reply Calata May 30, 2019 at 7:49 pm

    You should clean the audio, It's ANNOYING man!!!!

  • Reply Calata May 30, 2019 at 7:50 pm

    by the way good video, so interesting

  • Reply VAL GOLDTHORPE May 30, 2019 at 9:56 pm

    This seems crazy to me! I respect the detailed complex analysis of a professional musician, but I personally just remember how my fingers feel and the order they move in, and the sound, occasionally interspersed with a sort of fuzzy sporadic image of where I might be on the page, or what the keyboard looks like. Usually works, if I get stuck I'll look carefully at the music again. My piano teacher is lucky enough to be able to remember a visual image of the music in her head, and just 'plays off the visualised music'.

  • Reply Lynkevmusic June 1, 2019 at 5:45 am

    Excellent presentation. Bravo!

  • Reply Paul met Debbie June 1, 2019 at 12:20 pm

    Well, this is how she thinks she memorizes. 1. It's very personal, so it probably will not work in practice for anyone else. 2. What actually happens and makes her memorize the music is probably mostly hidden ans subconscious. Therefor it cannot be analysed like this. So back to the first advise: a lot of practice, that's what does it. And start early in life. It's gets more difficult with every year. But thanks for trying to understand and explain anyway. I go back practicing now. (repetition).

  • Reply Reverend Eslam June 1, 2019 at 7:01 pm

    Did you hear that?
    She enjoys listening to REAL science like TED Talks. :/

  • Reply GuitSiva June 1, 2019 at 8:53 pm

    Awesome is not just enough..👌😊.Warm cheers..😊

  • Reply Melissa Lopez June 2, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    oh, so I am not to only one who sits and draws lines on my sheet music to determine whether my right or left hand are coming in together? cool. cool.

  • Reply Roberto Suárez June 3, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    As a violin player trying to learn piano this made me cry and feel enthusiastic and depressed at the same time

  • Reply Tashane Bandara June 3, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    starts answering the question at 3:43

  • Reply JustAFan :D June 4, 2019 at 6:37 am

    Now this is a great piano class

  • Reply Charlie June 5, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    at 3:24 you just know what's coming

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  • Reply redtroika June 11, 2019 at 3:24 am

    Makes one wonder why chords are rarely written on classical music sheets.

  • Reply E June 11, 2019 at 8:00 am

    I've always been wondering, can pianists at high levels, like professionals and teachers play pieces like Winter Wind smoothly upon seeing the music sheet for the first time?

  • Reply Jorgetango Sanchez June 12, 2019 at 10:02 am

    En botas no se aprietan los pedales.

  • Reply Kinda Terrible Cuber June 13, 2019 at 2:16 pm

    10:28 that's my favorite song. And learning no one told me it's just a bunch of arpeggios, I had to figure it out myself

  • Reply Manuel Zamalloa June 18, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    What's the top part of the right hand? And what is the thumb part of the right hand?

  • Reply Just an Observation June 20, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    I had basic piano lessons as a child, then stopped and had not done anything for years and years. I am back attempting to pick up where I left off many, many years ago and I can not believe I actually understand what she is talking about, the basic principle of her method for learning the notes. It is like the song lyrics, “ I can see clearly now the rain has gone”; well, I can see clearly now, the intimidation is gone.

  • Reply LiquidGamingChannel June 23, 2019 at 9:41 am

    i thought he's the magikarp guy

  • Reply Joe Herd June 28, 2019 at 10:17 pm

    I think that I play with a mix of reading and ear – I’ll read the music and learn to play it but I’ll learn how to make it sound better by listening to the pieces

  • Reply Schoorstijn July 1, 2019 at 11:17 am

    Excuse me, can you please refrain from saying 'Swigger', especially with the hard R, thanks.

  • Reply Sanjeet Khurana July 5, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    yup still magic for me how people do this.

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  • Reply Jeff Bunn July 9, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Yes!!!! Thank you!!!!

  • Reply butterscotchbox July 10, 2019 at 4:26 am

    I just know all the piano players started laughing when she played the opening to winter wind

  • Reply Joel Jack July 12, 2019 at 10:34 am

    This is super awesome. That’s some pretty hard work. Nuff respect !!!!

  • Reply Gabriella G Stephanie July 13, 2019 at 7:20 am

    I've always believed that both music and science are very closely related. Thank you so much for sharing this explanation.

  • Reply A Warnke July 13, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    I loved the ending!

  • Reply DzyMsLizzy July 28, 2019 at 12:06 am

    LOL @ "First you cry…" My reaction would be to run screaming from the keyboard! LOL
    I do remember hearing a famous quote from Artur Rubenstein, who, in response to someone who commented that a musician as good as himself shouldn't need to keep practicing. His reply: "If I don't practice for one day, I know it. If I don't practice for two days, the conductor knows, and if I don't practice for three days, the audience will know."

  • Reply Beauty Scattered August 11, 2019 at 4:09 am

    Is it okay to tell these things this fast and this way. To general public and not musicians..

  • Reply Docteur Aub August 12, 2019 at 7:38 pm

    Sorry but my brind is not a computer, something more … spiritual ! Directly in contact with my soul. I play what i want to hear, so my fingers says yes cuz my body is cool. How and and why my body is cool ? Because of my breath ! Never never and never cut by apnée ! You understand ? No ? Yes ? You have always the choice, always. Remember this, if you want the correct answer, ask the good question. Your best MAESTRO always be your ears, open your heart and your ears are open in the same time. Think always simple

  • Reply Matthew W. -___- August 16, 2019 at 3:37 am

    I play a lot and remember

  • Reply Nikola Acimovic August 16, 2019 at 4:53 am

    It is all correct what she is talking about…But what is missed…One that would like to play fluently,read music fluently must be commeted to the most level and with very great amount of inner peace and can not be disstracted by every day questions…It is very very important in order to make propper funktioning of entire inner being commeted to solely one goal:comunicating with composer and with his ideas and confronting own views with his staying objective…That is why it is different process then only that what talented kids produce only by ear…Inner peace and independance of what is happening outside can bring all these stuffs together and make musical developement…

  • Reply Rod Salvador August 28, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    Been trying to learn that Etude for years. Thanks!

  • Reply May Bern September 7, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    to me , exept the fact that's a very interresting approach , IS THAT HER FINGERS ON THE PIANO AREN't filmed , and that's the point for the beginner I am ; one of the processes is skipped then ; what do you think?

  • Reply TrueSkoolMusic September 16, 2019 at 5:13 pm

    there are notes that go up – notes that go down and notes that stay the same = simplicity. explanation is beautiful.

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  • Reply Biology Is true love September 30, 2019 at 7:07 am

    3:38 That went 0-100 real quick, Inner piano demon awaken.

  • Reply Christoffer Enfors October 5, 2019 at 11:17 pm

    They couldn't provide a real piano..

  • Reply Denzel James Lim October 9, 2019 at 10:39 am

    0:48 F**k

  • Reply ed October 13, 2019 at 4:42 am

    Too much ado…

  • Reply Decidely88 October 15, 2019 at 4:51 am

    some very good information in here. thank you. and it's really heartening to know how much work goes in to playing. i tend to look at good pianists and just feel devastated as if it were mostly born talent.
    also, i wish you would list all of the pieces used here. i especially want to know that one at 11:48. anyone know?

  • Reply stratowhore October 15, 2019 at 6:24 am

    GREAT playing and presentation, but, girl, your fashion sense is the visual equivalent of being tone deaf!

  • Reply Laterino Craperino October 15, 2019 at 10:13 pm

    if you are wondering what pieces she used as examples:
    Chopin op. 25 no. 11
    Chopin op. 10 no. 5
    Chopin op. 10 no. 1
    Chopin op. 25 no. 5
    Chopin op. 10 no. 2

  • Reply John Carpenter October 18, 2019 at 4:43 am

    Did not know about the Myelin. A good talk.

  • Reply Phil October 20, 2019 at 6:38 am

    0:12 – 2:04 woah.

  • Reply Liam Barton October 22, 2019 at 2:01 am

    You want to be good, practice.😂

  • Reply Eric Norgren October 22, 2019 at 7:37 am

    Looks like the other rental keyboard offer from the piano shop, I tried it out and it was like trying to pull my parking brake, or as much resistance on keypress as waiting for the key to return, so I settled for the Yamaha NU-1, slightly more resistance than the concert grands lighter action, a bit knocky on keypress needing more felt discs pads, but it will do with its awesome sound and at the right volume the knockiness is less noticeable. Btw I do play by ear and can only read music if I write in what the notes are beside the notes, with some of the few classical works I have completed, it's most likely a matter of spending more time not writing the notes in, and Jocelyn say's and suggests studying the architecture, going over the notes, not listening to pre-recordings, but as far as one can progress in a score the timings and voicing will become more apparent. And the various repetitive exercises dependent on actual reading. I'm just burning the last three pages of Tchaikovsky's Meditation no. 5 into memory after several months, but have a Schubert Impromptu, a Brahms Impromptu, a Liszt rhapsody no 5. and a few others in various stages, even for simpler works. But also as Jocelyn say's on a good day, I have several of my own multi-movement concerto suites, with their complexities, and a few one movement scores, a toccata and fugue after Bach, and can otherwise write the music much faster than I can read, drawing on memory of early grade school band instruction aside from that later being affected.

  • Reply jelletje8 October 23, 2019 at 4:20 am


  • Reply Jayvee Aurea October 23, 2019 at 4:43 am

    I can NEVER memorize piano music I play at Church. I just do it with heart and trust in God.

  • Reply Innaa October 23, 2019 at 11:49 pm

    Rip when u see such notes "life is miserable and id rather watching netflix"

  • Reply Ross Harvy October 25, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    All of Chopin's.

  • Reply La Bogne October 25, 2019 at 6:57 pm

    She has two talents. Being good at it and being able to stick with it.

  • Reply Katsu October 29, 2019 at 7:10 pm

    She practised 40 hours a day, that's her secret.
    You're welcome my friend.

  • Reply nuʇǝɹpoɹɟ October 30, 2019 at 11:02 pm


    all hail Ling Ling

  • Reply gnamp November 3, 2019 at 12:22 am

    There's something about her reminds me of Butthead from Beavis and Butthead. The way she talks.

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