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LEGATO Ill: 'WALKING' ON THE KEYBOARD
THUMB II: THUMB AND FOREFINGER
THUMB IV: SMOOTH MOVEMENT
THUMB V: THE FOREFINGER AS A WINDSHIELD WIPER
OcTAVES II: FIFTH FINGER PuLL-UPs
LEGATO V: OVERHOLDING II, GRASPING II
OCTAVES IV: SHAKE THE PIANO
GRASPING III: SoFrEN FOR GREATER PoWER
OcTAVES V: FREELY VIBRATING OCTAVES
Example 20.4: Liszt: Apres une lecture de Dante, mm. 84-86
21 TREMOLANDO OCTAVES
OCTAVES VI: TREMOLANDO OCTAVES
22 TEUTONIC BEEF
23 THE OcTAVE ARM-SWEEP
OCTAVES VIII: INFLECTED LEGATO OCTAVES
24 ON fiNGERTAPPING
25 THE STRUCTURE-SUPPORTED SLAP
STRUCTURAL FUNCTION V: FINGER PuLL-UPs
RoTATION II: LEAPs IN LA CAMPANELLA
NATURAL SHAPE II, ARM V: Rom oF YoUR ARM
LEGATO IX: T'AI CHI WALKING REVIEW
Example 41. 1: Liszt: Au Bord d'une Source, mm. 1-3
Example 41.2: Uszt: Au Bord d'une Source, m. 1 overholding
Example 42.2: Liszt: Feux Follets-changing note exercise
OCTAVES IX: ARcH FUNCTION REVIEw
OcTAVEs X: CoBRA-STRIKE REVIEW
STRUCTURAL FuNCTION X: LEGATO REVIEW
STACCATO II: 'ARM DoWN -HAND UP' OCTAVE
STACCATO III: HARMoNIC STACCATO ToucH
STRUCTURAL FUNCTION XII: HANDs ToGETHER
Example 52.1: Rhythm Step #1-left hand on beat, right takes three offbeat notes
PuLSE II: MAsTERING THE METRONOME
PHRASING II: DoN'T CuT PHRASES, CoMPLETE
PHRASING III: CoNNECTIONS BETWEEN PHRASES
GRASPING IN ORCHESTRATION
MusiCAL STRUCTURE AND EMOTIONAL CoNTENT
Example 62.2: Liszt: Vallee d'Obermann, mm. 9-12
Example 62.4: Liszt: Vallee d'Obermann, mm. 120-121
BIBLIOGRAPHY
ABouT THE AuTHOR
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The Craft of Piano Playing: A New Approach to Piano Technique

The Craft of Piano Playing: A New Approach to Piano Technique

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The Craft of Piano Playing presents a new, comprehensive and highly original approach to piano technique with a fascinating series of exercises designed to help the reader put this approach into practice. Alan Fraser has combined his extensive concert and pedagogical experience, his long-standing collaboration with the virtuoso Kemal Gekich, and his professional training in Feldenkrais Method to create this innovative technique. Using numerous musical examples and sketches he shows how many common movement habits at the keyboard can be counterproductive, and provides a new way of manipulating the skeletal frame of the hand to produce astonishing sonic results from the instrument.

This book suggests that in the light of new insights into the physics of human movement, a further development of piano technique is now possible, and that improved physical ability can free musical individuality to express itself more fully. The series of movement exercises presented activates the physical functions necessary to the pianist, helping both students who need remedial work in basic strength at the keyboard, and those who seek a new dimension of musical understanding and a new path for the development of pianist skills - thus synthesizing musical and physical issues. This approach can also serve as an effective antidote to debilitating performance anxiety, increasing one's emotional security by improving the physical and musical basis for it. By filling in a missing link between intention and physical execution, this book truly aims to advance the "craft of piano playing."

Visit Alan Fraser's web site at http://alanfraser.faithweb.com/
The Craft of Piano Playing presents a new, comprehensive and highly original approach to piano technique with a fascinating series of exercises designed to help the reader put this approach into practice. Alan Fraser has combined his extensive concert and pedagogical experience, his long-standing collaboration with the virtuoso Kemal Gekich, and his professional training in Feldenkrais Method to create this innovative technique. Using numerous musical examples and sketches he shows how many common movement habits at the keyboard can be counterproductive, and provides a new way of manipulating the skeletal frame of the hand to produce astonishing sonic results from the instrument.

This book suggests that in the light of new insights into the physics of human movement, a further development of piano technique is now possible, and that improved physical ability can free musical individuality to express itself more fully. The series of movement exercises presented activates the physical functions necessary to the pianist, helping both students who need remedial work in basic strength at the keyboard, and those who seek a new dimension of musical understanding and a new path for the development of pianist skills - thus synthesizing musical and physical issues. This approach can also serve as an effective antidote to debilitating performance anxiety, increasing one's emotional security by improving the physical and musical basis for it. By filling in a missing link between intention and physical execution, this book truly aims to advance the "craft of piano playing."

Visit Alan Fraser's web site at http://alanfraser.faithweb.com/

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