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

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

by Alan Fraser

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810877139
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 07/16/2011
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 510
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

After studying piano with Phil Cohen and Tom Plaunt in Montreal, Canadian pianist Alan Fraser completed his professional training in the Feldenkrais Method before moving to Yugoslavia in 1990 to collaborate with Kemal Gekic in the development of a new approach to piano technique. Author of several books and a DVD on the subject, Fraser maintains an active Feldenkrais practice and piano teaching position in Novi Sad, Serbia, as well as continuing to concertize and lead workshops worldwide.

Table of Contents

Part I — The Foreground: Physical Craftsmanship at The Piano
I Getting Started
II General Principles Of Movement At The Piano
III Hand Strength and Function A: Perfecting Legato
IV Hand Strength and Function B: The Special Role of the Thumb and its Relation to the Forefinger
V Hand Strength and Function C: 8ves to Synthesize Hand and Arm Function
VI Hand Strength and Function D: Maximal Articulation of the Fingers
VII Above The Hand: The Role Of The Wrist And Arm In Legato
VIII Rotation
IX Natural Finger Shape
X Some Other Touch Strategies and Combinations
Part II — The Middleground: Some Aspects of Musical Craft
XI Rhythm
XII Phrasing
XIII Orchestration
Part III — The Background: Tell A Story: How Craft Becomes Art
XIV Emotional Content
XV A Few Last Thoughts

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