On this page you
can find three cross-referenced tutorials on typing, a tutorial on using the
mouse comfortably, some clips from a concert that took place at St. Paul's
Episcopal Church in Lakewood, Colorado on February 8, 2009, and a video of an
8-hand piece we played at a party!
Typing videos. Why does an organization devoted to the
best piano piano playing have instructional videos on typing? You might be
surprised by one reason: the best alignment, balance, and movements for typing
are the same as for playing the piano! They are both keyboards, after all.
Obviously, the piano is more complex because of its width and the number of
keys we might depress at any one time, as well as the variety of sounds we want
to create. But the nature of today's communication means that almost all
pianists also have to type. Learning to type well can eliminate any discomfort
that comes from typing, and also give pianists a way to practice important
alignment, balance, and movements in this other activity.
Tips on sitting well
and identifying the best alignment for typing -- the same starting place for
playing the piano, or anything else you do during the day -- from Well-Balanced
Pianist Director Teresa Dybvig. Typing Comfortably, Parts 2 and 3 continue with
more information about using the keyboard to our advantage, and moving
Tips on interfacing
well with the computer keyboard (quite like the best interface with the piano)
from Well-Balanced Pianist Director Teresa Dybvig. Typing Comfortably, Parts 1
and 3 contain basic information about sitting well, natural alignment, and
Tips on the best hand
and forearm movements for typing (and playing the piano!) from Well-Balanced
Pianist Director Teresa Dybvig. Information in this video is built on
information from Typing Comfortably, Parts 1 and 2.
Tips on using the
mouse comfortably from Well-Balanced Pianist Director Teresa Dybvig
Pianist Director Teresa Dybvig (basso) and Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki
(primo) opened the February 8, 2009 concert in Lakewood, CO with Johannes
Brahms' Hungarian Dance no. 8 in a minor.
For encore in Lakewood
in 2009 we played Sergei Rachmaninoff's "Italian Polka." (Yes, between the
composer and the title, the piece covers three countries!)
Still in Colorado in
February 2009, Director Teresa Dybvig played Debussy's "Clair de
In the February 2009
Lakewood, CO concert, Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki gave a charming and
informative spoken introduction to her Haydn Sonata.
And here is Susan
playing the first movement of Haydn Sonata in C Major, Hob. XVI:50, after
introducing it (above) in Lakewood.
Finally, closing night
fun at The Well-Balanced Pianist Colorado 2009 with Albert Lavignac's
masterpiece, "Galop-Marche," for eight hands at one piano. From Primo to Basso,
performers are Piano Instructor Susan Nowicki, Gulchin Tarabus, John
Wickelgren, and Director and Piano Instructor Teresa Dybvig.