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A reminder that these blog entries are not ‘timely.’  They do not address issues that relate to the present news of the world.  They address perennial issues faced by most pianists when striving to excel in their playing.  I encourage you to search through the posts to find the ones that will yield the greatest benefit to you.

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Practice Procedures – part 5:  ‘Blob’ And Deflect                   

March 30, 2017

A strong force initially applied in one direction can be deflected into another direction.   For instance the downward force which benefits from the force of gravity can be deflected, without loosing momentum to a force to the right.  To initiate a rightwards force from an initial location on the keyboard will inherently be weaker and less productive than a rightwards motion that comes as a prolongation of a stronger downward force.

In the case just given, a strong motion downwards takes place towards the keyboard by the arms.  When the hand is about to make contact with the keys, or when the hand has just barely made contact with the keys, the motion can be deflected to the right.  This way the original momentum and impetus of the force is not broken or diminished in any way and continues unabated into the lateral motion.

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Practice Procedures – part 6: Rolling a Ball Along the Keyboard

March 30, 2017

One of the most effective ways of creating fluid motion left and right on the keyboard is take a rubber ball and roll it along the keyboard.

The muscular coordination in the arm and hand that is necessary to roll the ball smoothly is very similar to what the physical playing mechanism needs to do to effect a smooth and effortless flow of notes on the keyboard (when considered in the horizontal plane

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Techniques for the pianist with Smaller Hands: Part One: Substitution

March 20, 2017

FINGER SUBSTITUTION: RESULTING FROM FUSING THE FINGERS HORIZONTALLY INTO A CONTINUOUS UNIT.

Let us say, as an example, that the left hand wants to play three ascending pitches, an A, then an F# and lastly a D.  The effect desired is one of legato.

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PLAYING WITHOUT ANY PAIN OR DISCOMFORT: part one

March 17, 2017

Ester’s First Lesson concerning playing without discomfort or pain

My student Ester is probably in her seventies.  Playing piano is painful for her.  However, she loves music and does not want to stop playing.

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