By Alan Hersh
This publication explores the area of the classical pianist and piano professor, deconstructing many popular phrases that describe this atmosphere. established upon the author's event as a live performance artist and school professor, this ebook resonates with either prior and present scholars of the piano in addition to song enthusiasts.
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The ear—that part of the brain that processes sonorous information—needs to be in charge. The ear helps us shape the dynamic, tells us when to go slower or faster, helps us respond to the different acoustical characteristics of the piano and room, and makes us be attentive to the needs of the listeners. For musicians, the eye and ear offer differing input sources to the brain. The information they send goes to different parts of the brain for processing. Too much reliance on the eye—reading from the score—interferes with the ear and its attentiveness, and we can easily become more of a reflexive performance machine than the shaper of an aesthetic performance.
That spotlight is on her or him, even if the piano’s role is that of accompanist. The only real way to learn 34 Chapter Eleven to play the piano is to play the piano. Alone! The longer the student can avoid playing alone, the less likely their progress will lead them to playing sufficiency. For piano students in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the MASTER CLASS was and still is viewed as a species of group lesson. A group of accomplished or apprentice pianists gather, the master teacher listens, and each member of the group takes a turn playing for the others.
It does mean those passages or chords where some choices are necessary to achieve fluency. Learn the conventional scale, chord and arpeggio fingerings. Any reliable piano technique book will give these fingerings and being fluent with these conventional fingerings will go a long way toward providing a basic repertoire of patterns and fingerings that occur over and again in music. The time invested in mastering these conventional fingerings will be repayed immeasurably and make for a much happier and successful playing experience.
A Pianist's Dictionary: Reflections on a Life by Alan Hersh