“Music is a moral law. It gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, a charm to sadness, and life to everything. It is the essence of order, and leads to all that is good, just and beautiful, of which it is the invisible, but nevertheless dazzling, passionate, and eternal form.”

Monday, May 13, 2013

Dear Readers: Many thanks for your support and for your interest in my new book. The first group has sold out. Alas though, human error rears its head—mine. If your volume has the typo in dilemma on page viii of the contents  (spelled dilema), then please print out the following paragraph and attach it to page 51. Somehow, previous incarnations of this example found their way into the final version. Words are like that...

These errors have been corrected in current editions.

Final paragraph of page 51:

Speaking of taboos, consider this: Despite what you may
have heard, the fifth finger may cross over the thumb and the
thumb may cross over the fifth finger, particularly in the playing of
dominant seventh arpeggios. But I do this whenever convenient,
now that I know how. Have a look at the end of this melisma of 48
notes in Example 9-1 below. Notice the editor’s fingering at the
high point turn around, from F and descending. Try the 1-4-3-2-1
combination as shown in the example with an added slur line.
When I first played this as a teenager, not knowing any better, this
is the fingering I used. Very uncomfortable and not really fluent.
Now try 1-3-2-1-5 on the same group of notes and continue as
marked in the top fingering. The thumb is the mechanism by which
the hand moves rotationally from one on D-flat to five on a white
key, C-flat. Yes, cross five over one, one being the thrusting agent.

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