For a piano teacher on Skype, lessons in the key of see

“The main thing that makes it work is that Talc is really intuitive,” she said. “He’s really personable and he’s funny…. I feel like he’s there.”

On the recent Friday, Tolchin suggests she double the pace and turns on a synthesized drumbeat for her to match. As she moves through the bass chords, he puts his right hand to his keyboard and adds a liquid melody.

“With your left hand being more tight, your right hand will flow a bit more,” he shares. Then it’s her turn.

“Yeah!” he says.”That’s the idea.”

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