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{8} The Body “Springs” To Action

May 9, 2017

{8} The Body “Springs” To Action:

We may not think of springs being part of our body, but there are spring-like ways for a pianist to store up energy and then release it all at once.  The procedure is same as for a mechanical watch if, after winding the spring tight, it is allowed to unwind suddenly without any resistance.

A spring can be released all at once or in spurts.  Each spurt is a small but sudden release of energy, followed by a pause, and then another spurt, until all the stored energy in the spring is used up.

Any part of the body where there is a joint, can function as a spring.   The pianist only has to define what motions compress that spring, or, to the same final effect, stretch it out.   Then it is a matter of deciding in what plane it is most useful to suddenly release the stored energy within the spring.

The distance a body part moves as a result of a spring releasing can be as short or long as one wishes, and thus can be tailor made to fit the actual topography of the keyboard.

No matter what a passage demands in terms of speed, agility, suddenness, and power, there is a spring sufficient to the task.  The release of a spring is more energetic than if one were in a static state and then suddenly tried to muster up a spike of energy.

In future entries I will be describing various specific springs, which in addition to actual springs can include ‘internally imagined’ springs).  There are springs in the fingers, the knuckles, the palms, the wrists, the forearms, the elbows, etc., virtually in any body part.   Sometimes two springs are different only because of the direction in which the spring is wound up and then released, and not because it they involve a different body part.

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