“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.”

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Reading About Piano Technique: Where to Start?

     A pianist in France wrote asking for suggestions on which of my books to read first. I was of course flattered that she had some interest. It occurred to me that others may have similar questions, now that I've exceeded my original plan and flooded the canon of rhetoric on piano study. Lest I be accused of deliberate obfuscation, I wish to register here that my intentions are in fact to illuminate.

     In order to learn about a natural, effortless way to play the piano from my point of view, you might find Piano Technique Demystified: Insights Into Problem Solving useful. If that seems compelling, then the new book, Mystified No More: Further Insights Into Piano Technique, would be a logical continuation. If you want to put into practice some of the ideas,

particularly that of practicing technique in repertoire instead of using exercises, then you could have a look at The Pianist's Guide to Practical Technique and The Pianist's Guide to Practical Scales and Arpeggios. And for those readers with a shorter attention span, I have a new feature article in the January/February issue of American Music Teacher titled "Practicing the Piano."

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