Ways of the Hand: The Organization of Improvised Conduct

Ways of the Hand: The Organization of Improvised Conduct

by David Sudnow
     
 

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This is David Sudnow's classic account of how his hands learned to improvise jazz on the piano.

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This is David Sudnow's classic account of how his hands learned to improvise jazz on the piano.

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Booknews
Reprint of the Harvard U. Press edition of 1978 on Sudnow's learning to improvise piano jazz. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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"A dazzling and deeply probing study of the relationship between human consciousness and behavior. " Jack Kroll Newsweek
Psychology Today
With astonishing descriptive precision, the author compels the reader to think and feet along with him as his fingers progress toward intimacy with the keyboard. This is at once a work of minutely detailed phenomenology and a virtuoso performance of language in action.

Newsweek - Jack Kroll
A dazzling and deeply probing study of the relationship between human consciousness and behavior.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780060908812
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
11/01/1981
Pages:
176

What People are saying about this

Hubert L. Dreyfus
Original and detailed phenomenology of the sort that philosophers such as Husserl and Merleau-Ponty promised but seldom carried out. [Sudnow's] minute observations are astounding. This book is a great contribution to our understanding of embodied know-how and to a foundation of a method for learning more.

From the Publisher
"A dazzling and deeply probing study of the relationship between human consciousness and behavior. " Jack Kroll, Newsweek

"Original and detailed phenomenology of the sort that philosophers such as Husserl and Merleau-Ponty promised but seldom carried out. [Sudnow's] minute observations are astounding. This book is a great contribution to our understanding of embodied knowhow and to a foundation of a method for learning more." Hubert L.

Dreyfus, Professor of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley

Meet the Author

David Sudnow is the author of Passing On, on the sociology of medical care; Talk's Body, on language and music; and Pilgrim in the Micro World, on the nature of the body-computer interface. Over the past two decades, he has developed a widely used piano teaching method on the basis of experiences first described in this book.

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