About the Very Best Piano Instruction

The Very Best Piano Instruction is. . 

It wasn’t until my early 30’s after starting to frequent blues clubs did the bug to learn to play piano take hold. My favorite players were Detroit Jr. and Barrelhouse Chuck. I signed up for lessons but soon got frustrated with the slow progress and the fact much of the material was forgotten before having a chance to practice. If only I could record my teacher and watch the lesson repeatedly at home I thought. My teacher agreed to be video-taped and from there and thru several generations of video and equipment upgrades and ways to improve the shadow this system of piano instruction developed. The first of these recordings were done with security cameras because the industry had a device to split the screen horizontally. With the video quality marginal, I used a very expensive VHS player manufactured by Panasonic that played clear in slow motion and was developed for sports professionals to analyze golf and batters’ swings and learned how to play. We started with a split screen view with the right hand on top of the screen and left-hand on the bottom but switched to one wide shot when we bought the Arri Master Prime Lens that recorded exceptionally clear. It wasn’t feasible to market this idea until the CD came out that could be played in slow motion on an affordable machine. We switched from CD’s to streaming when we discovered the video hosting site Wistia that allowed chapter markers to be put into the video.

These recordings were done in a studio specifically designed to enhance the sound of the piano, a turn of the century 6’ 4” refurbished Steinway with the original soundboard. The Neumann U67 & M149 microphones over the strings are considered by many audio engineers one of the best to record piano. The Chandler Redd and Cactus Blue microphones recorded the vocals and room and using hardware equalizers, compressors and processors found in any professional recording studio we were able to produce a polished, enhanced and rich audio track. The video from the overhead shot came from a Sony F3 recorded with the Arri 32 mm Master Prime Lens and the far shot was recorded with an Arri Alexa Studio Camera recorded with a Cooke 32 mm Panchro lens.

Because of the high end recording equipment, the visible shadows when the player depresses the keys, the notes written out in letter form and the professionalism of the players make this system The Very Best Piano Instruction.

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