Our Piano Technique Heritage
Rules and Traps
This is a roadblock to effortless and colorful playing.
Wanda Landowska with Focal Dystonia:
Unfortunately, old harmful rules and traps continue in today’s teaching:
Slow Practice Drills
Rotation "from" the Forearm
Uses the entire body: the back, the torso, feet, legs, glutes, arms, freely moving fingers.
Suspension, not relaxation
Arm and body action, not arm weight
Flexible palm, no "strong arch"
Back muscles move the upper arm which places each playing finger into its momentary "posture".
Fingers can be put into key by arm and palm
Fingers can be "played" by the key
Fingers can lift, then drop. No pushing.
Fingers actively release forward, not up and curled.
Rotation: Humerus swivels (with proper use of back muscles) and rotates the forearm.
Effortless Playing training enables pianists of every level to play without strain, fatigue, or injury, and provides a vast palette of sound and color at the pianist’s fingertips for singing tone and expressivity.
The result of the old rules above is a record number of injured pianists, as well as pianists at every level who struggle to play colorfully and expressively.
an example of effortless playing
…enchanting, expressive, effortless.
Lisitsa describes her technique.
In Conversation with Melanie Spanswick at (6:20):
In an interview with Pieter de Rooij at (6:18):