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The Piano Player, Issue #41 -- Piano Technique for Beginners
October 09, 2018
Tips & Tools for Piano Players
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The Piano Player E-zine
The Piano Player--Issue #41, October 2018
In This Issue:
Piano Technique for BeginnersPiano technique is what you always will need to practice to be able to express freely what you hear, feel and imagine as you play. A lack of basic technique will make it impossible to play gracefully and be able to "interpret" the music you play.
What's great about working with technique is that it's rather easy to measure your results. It's easier than repertoire to actually see and feel your progress, and much sooner too! And getting feedback from your own playing is a nice reward.
Here are a few lessons in piano technical skills for beginners. If you work on one at a time it takes little time, but does give you a push forward!
Musical Phrasing and Piano PlayingA phrase in music is like a sentence when you read.
It's a part that belongs together, that expresses a musical idea, thought, question or answer. In between each part we «breathe».
Playing with beautiful phrasing involves technical work, like learning how to move and lift your wrists and arms, but is mostly involving work with really feeling the ebb and flow of each phrase, and working towards bringing out the sound of what you want to be heard.
You may discover that musical phrases can be felt like waves. Some larger, some smaller, longer or shorter. Getting gradually louder and softer as you play, ebbing and flowing...
Effective Exercises for Piano ArpeggiosPracticing piano arpeggios are part of an important exercise routine for all pianists. But what is the best way to practice them?
Here's a free piano lesson where you'll learn some effective piano exercises as well as get helpful practice tips to roll those arpeggios!
You will learn about fingering and get tips on how to practice arpeggios. You can also print free (PDF) exercises and sheet music with arpeggios.
Correct Piano Fingering: The Why and the HowPlanning the piano fingering of a piece might feel like an uninspiring chore to do...
With great fingering you will be able to play with more ease and fluidity, so it is well worth the effort!
Today most piano sheet music from a good edition has fingering already written in the score, checking it out first will save you a lot of time.
But in some music there is no fingering, so you need to know about some common "rules", fingering that has been tried and tested and works for most pianists.
Question of the MonthHow to Perform Expressions Like a Professional Pianist?
I know that (usually) the expressive part of classical piano playing is left up to the player with maybe some light guidance from their teacher at some point.
Still I've noticed professional players tend to do certain things that, while subtle, appear to me to have been learned.
Am I correct to think there is some sort of formal training that is usually reserved for people who reach advanced levels?
Are there any educational materials in regards to expression for amateurs interested in more than just simply go at it by feel?
Got Piano Questions?
Sheet Music of the MonthHanon The Virtuoso Player
Hanons book with finger drills and exercises is an important addition to a piano players library for technical development.
Get the sheet music for free as well as some tips and advice on how to practice for best results.
Comments? Ideas? Feedback?I'd love to hear from you. Just reply to this E-zine and tell me what you think, or what you'd like to read more about.
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