Mastering Chopin Etudes (Op. 10 No. 4)
What you'll learn
- Overcome the initial barrier to entry that so many experience with these Etudes
- Actionable objectives guided by a professional, every step of the way
- Designed so that the intermediate student can transcend the barrier of difficulty associated with these Etudes and master them to boot!
- Complete mastery of the Chopin Op. 10 No. 4 Etude in just 30 days
- Access to a piano for the duration of the course. Intermediate skill level which is defined as have a basic knowledge in music theory and an ABRSM level 9 equivalent
Did you ever feel like the Chopin Etudes were simply forever out of your reach? With this course it will be possible for you, with the skills you currently possess, to make the Chopin Etudes (a vital foundation for the core repertoire of any serious pianist) not only playable, but performable at a very high level once you make it through this course.
In this course, I act as your guide showing you the way to mastering the Chopin Etude Op. 10 No. 4 in 30 days. Together we go through the complete process with clear objectives every step of the way. I will hold your hand and personally take you through each stage of learning this Etude.
I will even give you my personal fingering for every part of the Etude so that you are left with no questions or doubts. I will explain the proper way to execute each passage and portion of every part.
Not only will you learn the valuable technical aspects that these etudes have to teach you, but you will also learn their musical techniques and how to express them fully. This truly brings into harmony the full vision of the Chopin Etudes.
All aspects of each Etude are covered fully: from pedaling and phrasing to articulation, fingering, slow/fast tempo execution and even interpretation!
The goal of this course is to provide you with the necessary knowledge to cut great amounts of time in your journey of learning the Chopin Etudes. I have taken the knowledge and practice of countless professional pianists and pedagogues and combined that with the experience attained from over 15 years of teaching students of a staggering variety of abilities and distilled and condensed everything you need to learn and MASTER this Etude in 30 days!
It has been said that it can take a lifetime to master even a single Etude; and although there is a degree of truth to that statement, it does not represent the full scale of what it means to learn and master anything. If that were the case, then nobody would ever have anything to show for their work and progress. The deeper meaning to be derived from a statement like that is that a successful life is dependent upon constant striving and that the bar of perfection is always being raised as new achievements are reached.
What this course is offering is a clear and guided path to the ability to play this Chopin Etude at a performance level. It offers to take you by the hand and guide you to success. Just remember when someone takes you by the hand, they are not carrying you. You must still walk yourself. But with this hand holding yours, there is no chance to go astray. You will come out on the other side with a new Etude at your fingertips.
Sincerely from your teacher,
Who this course is for:
- Intermediate to advanced classical pianists. This course will be a delightful challenge to any intermediate pianist while advanced pianists will glean fresh perspectives and approaches to these masterful works: the Chopin Etudes
Hello there, and thank you for visiting my page. My name is Calin Clark and I simply adore piano. I have been playing my whole life (starting by ear at age 2). I have travelled the world participating in masterclasses, concertizing and getting a world view perspective on the subject of the Art of Piano Playing.
Having been instructed from every major pedagogical school of piano (Russian, German, Austrian, Italian, French and American) I have a unique lens through which I view the glorious instrument.
My personal story of growth at the piano contains two painful and difficult hurdles that I had to overcome. The first was as a result of me being gifted by playing by ear. I used to go to my piano lessons (starting at age 5) and sit through the lessons not paying attention to a thing the teacher was saying. At the end of class I would be brought back to attention as the teacher would say "so , do you get it?" and I would respond with my usual "yes, could you just play it for me once please?" after which I would go home and not practice the whole week and go to lesson and play perfectly thus receiving unwarranted praise.
Things continued like this for some year until finally, my abilities had brought me to my first teacher of renown. As I was playing through a Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody (that I had learned because my mother had bought me the CD of a famous pianist playing it which was how I had been learning all my pieces for awhile at this point) my new teacher suddenly said "STOP, play from here" as he pointed to some location somewhere in the middle of the piece that I of course had no idea where it was. So, I simply started from the beginning again. And again he said "STOP, play from here" once again pointing to the spot I had no idea where it was.
In short, he discovered my lie and I was forced into learning how to really read music for the first time. It was a very difficult hurdle to overcome, but one that has opened a vast amount of doors that were closed to me previously.
The second hurdle is a more difficult one to describe but briefly, it entails learning to listen to myself. If you are unfamiliar with this concept, it basically is the idea that many people play and of course (if they are not deaf) can hear themselves, i.e. the sounds they are producing, but cannot actively follow what they are doing as they are doing it (as one more easily does when they listen to a recording).
Needless to say, after overcoming this hurdle (which took years), I began thinking back to the way that I had learned all these things and decided that it did not need to take so long and be so difficult to learn these things.
Thus, I set out to discover a teaching method that confronts students with these hurdles from the beginning and together overcome them from the start! The results? In a word: INCREDIBLE!
I offer these findings to you now in each and every course I offer. It is truly with the greatest pleasure and excitement that I bring these clear and defined processes to you (as will be seen by the enthusiasm in my courses).
Now a summary of my schooling includes graduating with honors from NEC (New England Conservatory in Boston, MA; America's first conservatory). Before that I was a student of Jura Margulis at the UofA and it was during this time that I was exposed to many different schools of piano for a period of no less than 7 years.
After my formal education, I continued traveling extensively putting into practice my unique pedagogical method of teaching effecting hundreds of in person souls wanting to improve their piano skills.
The past year has seen a major shift into the online sector for my teaching routes and has seen an even greater number of people now enjoying these focused courses providing clear insights and concrete paths of practice.
Alongside teaching, I love performing solo, chamber/collaborative and orchestral works and recording piano. The whole endeavor is my idea of the best time possible. Therefore, all the teachings and practices are reality based and designed to give absolute confidence to all who come upon and use these methods.