Practice Technique 30: Extreme Speed: Part One:
April 25, 2017
Introduction to Extreme speed.
There are certain body motions that can translate into an extreme velocity of notes. These motions fall into two categories. In the first are motions that involve extremely fast movements by one or another part of the playing mechanism (often not the fingers). The other contains slower, more gradual motions, during the course of which a series of notes can result.
Every motion by the body takes time, and the time tends to grow longer as the distance in space through which the motion travels gets longer. As a result both categories of movements economize in space. Though initially practiced in such a way as to use a lot of space, when put into performance they are constrained to a small spatial ambit.
In the first category are found things like:
1. Shaking motions.
2. Shuddering motions.
3. Shivering motions.
4. Tremulous motions.
5. Cyclic motions, often large, ‘geared down’ so they act more rapidly over a very small amount of space
6. Less symmetric motions, chaotic, even random motions which, as in the case above, are eventually focused into very targeted parts of space.
In the second category are found rotational motions, diverted motions, motions in single planes executed by specific body parts.
In future Blogs individual types of these motions will be described in more detail.