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Offline becko

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physiology of piano technique
on: August 20, 2005, 06:29:51 PM
I’m looking for good writings (books, articles, etc.) concerning the physiology of piano technique (preferably freely available on internet). Any recommendations on where can I find them?

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Re: physiology of piano technique
Reply #1 on: August 20, 2005, 06:53:24 PM
I’m looking for good writings (books, articles, etc.) concerning the physiology of piano technique (preferably freely available on internet). Any recommendations on where can I find them?

CC Chang's book covers some of the basics, but not in a systematic way. Check out www.pianomap.com and generally google around. However, there really isn't anything terribly useful out there. I highly recommend the usual books (Sandor, Fink, Bernstein). In particular, I recommend Thomas Mark's "What every pianists needs to know about the body". Instead of buying a CD, get this book. See if you can get the Taubman videos from a library.

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Re: physiology of piano technique
Reply #2 on: August 20, 2005, 08:58:10 PM
To add to xvimbi’s suggestions, if you are looking for the “biology” and “science" of it all, the basic references are:

“The physiological mechanisms of piano technique” – Otto Ortmann – Dutton

“Piano Playing – James Ching – Borsworth”

Both books have been criticised for dedicating too much space to the Physical (as in the science of physics) aspects of playing and concluding in the physical impossibility of doing a number of things, that nevertheless pianists do (they don’t know enough physics to know that it is impossible ;D)

A more balanced approach can be found in:

“The science of pianoforte technique” – Thomas Fielden – Macmillan

“The pianist’s problems” – William Newman – Da Capo

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“The techniques of Piano playing” – Jozsef Gat – Collet’s Holdings.

I find that it is always useful to have a look at how these theories come about, and the following books are – although now shown to be wrong, badly written or incomplete – very interesting:

“The riddle of the pianist’s finger” – Arnold Schultz – Carl Fischer

“The teaching of Pianoforte technique” – Tobias Matthay – Bosworth

“The visible and invisible in piano technique” – Tobias Matthay – Oxford University Press

Finally try the three books below which cover a similar ground:

“The basis of pianoforte playing” – John Dunn – Oxford University Press

“The hidden variables of piano technique and the fundamentals of skill” – Noel Huntley – Prescience.

“The pianist’s touch” – Paul Pischier & Walter Krause – Perelen

I am afraid none of these is available online :'(

Best wishes,
Bernhard.
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Re: physiology of piano technique
Reply #3 on: August 21, 2005, 05:20:46 AM


“The physiological mechanisms of piano technique” – Otto Ortmann – Dutton


Now THAT was an interesting read... :P

hundreds of pages of eliptical diagrams...and dry narrative
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Re: physiology of piano technique
Reply #4 on: August 21, 2005, 10:51:58 PM
Now THAT was an interesting read... :P

hundreds of pages of eliptical diagrams...and dry narrative

With a title like that, and an author called Otto, you were not really expecting an unputdownable page turner, were you?

Still very useful if you suffer from insomnia. ;D

(And if you liked that one, rush and get the James Ching one, he he) ;)
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Re: physiology of piano technique
Reply #5 on: August 21, 2005, 11:53:02 PM
with a name like Otto i would expect a great read!



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Re: physiology of piano technique
Reply #6 on: August 22, 2005, 02:13:14 AM
"I am finished. Thank you." hehehe. The famous warm-up.
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