Category: Video


Piano-Yoga® Founder GéNIA releases video of ‘Paganini Jazz’ performance

May 13th, 2015 — 3:05pm

This video, recorded in September 2014 in Nice, France, is a great opportunity to see and hear GéNIA at her most virtuosic. Paganini Jazz is a demanding piece, and with a very clear view of the piano keyboard, the video offers a window into how GéNIA approaches this challenge. For those who want some insight into her technique, this is footage that can be carefully studied.

Paganini Jazz StillIt is also a chance to hear how GéNIA handles Jazz; something of a departure from both her classical repertoire and her songwriting. That the answer is ‘very well’ is evident from the way she navigates the contrasting moods of the piece, and manages to maintain such a smooth playing style even in the most up-tempo and dramatic of moments. It is also evident from the standing ovation she receives at the end of the song! A dynamic performance full of variety, it is certainly worth a few minutes of your time to investigate.

As well as being an outstanding rendition, GéNIA’s performance was on this occasion in support of UNICEF, and the funds raised from the concert meant that 560 girls throughout Guinéa, Mozambique, Togo, Malaisie and Madagascar received an education for a year. Good music for a good cause!

Alex Chalk

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GéNIA releases video for Debussy’s ‘Clair De Lune’

July 1st, 2014 — 2:44pm

Piano-Yoga founder GéNIA has just released a small snippet from one her recent concert performing Claude Debussy’s ‘Clair de Lune’

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Piano-Yoga® 30 Second Tips No. 10 – Yoga Block for Children

November 13th, 2013 — 12:12pm

In this video, Russian pianist and the founder of Piano-Yoga®, GéNIA, extols the benefits using a yoga block can have on children’s posture and concentration. Recorded at the Piano-Yoga® Day event at Schott Music in June 2013.

You can find out more about how Piano-Yoga® can help children play the piano more effectively at: http://www.piano-yoga.com/piano-yoga-help-children-pianists.php

These bite sized videos contain essential advice on piano playing from the founder of Piano-Yoga® itself, virtuoso concert pianist GéNIA, with all the material taken from our large database of Piano-Yoga® workshops, retreats and presentations that took place in the last few years.

If you wish to experience what the Piano-Yoga® method has to offer, come join us at Kings Place for our Piano-Yoga® Certificate Courses, 29th September – 1st December 2013. http://www.piano-yoga.com/courses/about-certificate-courses.php

Video shot and edited by Richard Music Productions:
http://www.richard-music.co.uk/

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Piano-Yoga® 30 Second Tips No. 9 – Belt

October 11th, 2013 — 10:57am

In this video, Russian pianist and the founder of Piano-Yoga®, GéNIA, describes how the use of a yoga belt can dramatically extend the amount of time you can comfortably play the piano. Recorded at the Piano-Yoga® EPTA Workshop 2010.

For detailed, step by step instructions on how to use the belt, please visit our website:
www.piano-yoga.com/free-resources/useful-props.php

If you wish to experience what the Piano-Yoga® method has to offer, come join us at Kings Place for our Piano-Yoga® Certificate Courses, 29th September – 1st December 2013. http://www.piano-yoga.com/courses/about-certificate-courses.php

Video shot and edited by Richard Music Productions:
http://www.richard-music.co.uk/

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Piano-Yoga® 30 Second Tips No. 8 – Wrist Exercise

October 1st, 2013 — 10:54am

In this video, Russian pianist and the founder of Piano-Yoga®, GéNIA, demonstrates how to perform a yogic exercise that helps to release the tension in the wrists and make them more flexible for playing. This exercise can be performed away from the piano. Recorded at the Piano-Yoga® EPTA Workshop 2010.

These bite sized videos contain essential advice on piano playing from the founder of Piano-Yoga® itself, virtuoso concert pianist GéNIA, with all the material taken from the large database of Piano-Yoga® workshops, retreats and presentations that took place in the last few years.

If you wish to experience what the Piano-Yoga® method has to offer, come join us at Kings Place for our Piano-Yoga® Certificate Courses, 29th September – 1st December 2013. http://www.piano-yoga.com/courses/about-certificate-courses.php

Video shot and edited by Richard Music Productions:
http://www.richard-music.co.uk/

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The best hand position to start playing the piano

September 24th, 2013 — 10:30am
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Thumb (Thenar Eminence)
Image Copyright © Piano-Yoga® 2009

When people start playing the piano, it is very important to explain to them the way they are supposed to hold their hands. If they do not know about it, the chances are that they would tend to hold them incorrectly, which, in turn, will slow down their progress on the instrument. The challenge that the player immediately faces is continuously and consciously holding the hand in a position which might initially feel very strange and uncomfortable (we were not simply born to play the instrument!). However after 2 – 3 weeks, if one is consistent, holding the hand correctly will become second nature.

When playing the piano, it is good to perceive the hand as an independent object which is supposed to perform various functions. Fingers are doing their job, while wrists should ensure that there is no tension, but the position of the hand must facilitate the best structure for the player to be able to perform at his or her best.

If you look at your hand, the first most important area to pay attention to is the ridge of knuckles connecting the fingers to the hand. From there your fingers start to work. Those knuckles should be always slightly raised, forming the so-called ‘C’ sign between fingers 1 and 2 (See the Thumb picture).

The second important area is the muscle that holds your thumb (the Thenar Muscle), as it ensures that the hand is not collapsing and in the long run prevents the thumb, which is the heaviest finger, making a ‘pushy’ sound on the keys (Please see the Piano-Yoga® 30 Sec Tip No. 4 below).

The third important area is the muscle which is attached to your little finger, (the Hypothenar Muscle). When it’s engaged, it holds the hand so that it does not collapse down and towards the outside.

When all these three areas are engaged, the hand is in its perfect playing position.

The whole hand position should be in line with your forearm, which in turn should be at an angle of 90 Degrees to your upper arm. Once you start playing, the wrist should have enough freedom to move up and down while the hand moves. Please note, without proper use of the wrist, a good hand position by itself will not be sufficient to play well, but without it, it will be absolutely impossible to do so!

The simplest way to establish a good hand position is to put the hand on your knee cap. The fingers will automatically form the shape that is required to play the piano. Then, without disturbing this position, raise your hands and put them on the keys.

You can receive a free copy of the Piano-Yoga® Foundation Course eBook when you register with our website (free), which contains various exercises on strengthening the fingers, developing flexibility of the wrist and establishing the independence of the Thenar muscle.

Click HERE to register and then send us an email to request your free eBook.

Enjoy your playing!

GéNIA

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Piano-Yoga® 30 Second Tips No. 7 – Neck Support

September 19th, 2013 — 9:59am

In this video, Russian pianist and the founder of Piano-Yoga®, GéNIA, demonstrates how a proper neck position can prevent problems with your back, shoulders and head. Recorded at the Piano-Yoga® EPTA Workshop 2010.

These bite sized videos contain essential advice on piano playing from the founder of Piano-Yoga® itself, virtuoso concert pianist GéNIA, with all the material taken from the large database of Piano-Yoga® workshops, retreats and presentations that took place in the last few years.

If you wish to experience what the Piano-Yoga® method has to offer, come join us at Kings Place for our Piano-Yoga® Certificate Courses, 29th September – 1st December 2013. http://www.piano-yoga.com/courses/about-certificate-courses.php

Video shot and edited by Richard Music Productions:
http://www.richard-music.co.uk/

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Piano-Yoga® 30 Second Tips No. 6

September 11th, 2013 — 8:53am

In this video, Russian pianist and the founder of Piano-Yoga®, GéNIA, explains the necessity of teaching all students at a professional level from the very beginning, so as to avoid bad habits later on. Recorded at the Piano-Yoga® EPTA Workshop 2010.

These bite sized videos contain essential advice on piano playing from the founder of Piano-Yoga® itself, virtuoso concert pianist GéNIA, with all the material taken from the large database of Piano-Yoga® workshops, retreats and presentations that took place in the last few years.

If you wish to experience what the Piano-Yoga® method has to offer, come join us at Kings Place for our Piano-Yoga® Certificate Courses, 29th September – 1st December 2013. Click HERE to find out more and book your place.

Video shot and edited by Richard Music Productions: http://www.richard-music.co.uk/

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GéNIA performs at the Schloss Wartegg, Switzerland!

August 5th, 2013 — 12:32pm

Schlosswaregg CastleThis August GéNIA will be performing at the stunningly beautiful Schloss Wartegg in Switzerland on Sunday 11th August 2013. Schloss Wartegg Castle has a deep history as a center of culture and hosts several concerts and performances throughout the year. This, coupled with the magnificent surroundings, made Schloss Wartegg the perfect venue for GeNIA to perform tracks from her new album as well as piano classics from Beethoven and Chopin.

Programme:

Beethoven Sonata Op. 31 No. 2 (The Tempest)
Chopin Nocturnes Op. 48 No 1, Op. 27 No.2 & Op. 55 No. 2 & Fantaisie-Impromptu Op. 66
Autumn Blues and Storm from GéNIA’s ‘Thoughts of Today, Dreams of Tomorrow’ album
Rachmaninoff Preludes Op. 23 No. 7 & Op. 32 No. 5 & 10

More Info

Date: 11th August 2013
Time: 11:00am
Location: Schloss Wartegg, Von Blarer Weg, 9404 Rorschacherberg
Contact: +41 (0)71 858 62 62
More Info: http://wartegg.ch/

You can listen to GéNIA play one of her own compositions in the video below:

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Piano-Yoga® 30 Second Tips No. 5

May 23rd, 2013 — 9:27am

In this video, Russian pianist and the founder of Piano-Yoga®, GéNIA, demonstrates how easily create the ‘classical’ hand position. Recorded at the Piano-Yoga® EPTA Workshop 2011.

These bite sized videos contain essential advice on piano playing from the founder of Piano-Yoga® itself, virtuoso concert pianist GéNIA, with all the material taken from the large database of Piano-Yoga® workshops, retreats and presentations that took place in the last few years.

Our next Piano-Yoga® Retreat is at St Hilda’s College, Oxford, on the 16th June 2013:
http://www.piano-yoga.com/retreats/oxford-retreat-16-june-2013.php

Video Production & Audio Production: Richard McDonald

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