Piano Forum



Cremona Musica’s Piano Experience - 2022 Edition
The annual music exhibition Cremona Musica is now one of the most important music exhibitions in the world and opened up its 2022 edition more exuberantly than ever. A rich program consisting of 180 events not only displayed the joy of having left the pandemic behind, but also manifested the new worldwide digital reality through a rich digital streaming coverage of concerts, presentations, roundtable panels and artist interviews. The hybrid world is here to stay. Read more >>

Topic: Key Velocity  (Read 2829 times)

Offline MzrtMusic

  • PS Silver Member
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 171
Key Velocity
on: November 03, 2002, 07:04:25 PM
At my last lesson, my teacher was telling me about key velocity. It has to do with how quickly you press a key affecting the tone you produce. He said that it was mostly a European thing, and that it's rarely talked about in the US. I know that quite a few of you on here are from Europe, and I was just wondering what your take on it was. Have you found it to be effective, and what are some good methods to practice it?

Love,

Sarah
My heart is full of many things...there are moments when I feel that speech is nothing after all.
-- Ludwig Van Beethoven

Offline Diabolos

  • PS Silver Member
  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 141
Re: Key Velocity
Reply #1 on: November 07, 2002, 06:34:52 PM
Yep, you're right - it's really basically a European thing.

I was introduced to it a long time ago; though I realized there are other ways to produce a better tone (playing out of the piano while taking the power from the back).

But if you wanna give it a try: Start with Bach (any pieces). You'll realize that when pressing keys down quickly, your sound will be a little harder, more metallic; if you press the keys slowly while 'pulling' them towards your direction, you'll have a softer and deeper tone (that method's mostly used for the romantics).

I don't know if that explains it well, but since I basically grew up with that technique I didn't think about practising it often.

good luck
Regards,  8)

Offline selsa

  • PS Silver Member
  • Jr. Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 41
Re: Key Velocity
Reply #2 on: November 11, 2002, 05:38:33 PM
That is right.

You can create a soft hammer motion by a sliding your fingers slowly horizontally along a key, and a fast hamer motion by hiting the key almost vertically. It's all about changing your movements in order to change the speed of the hammering of the strings.

-Selsa.
"...the luckiest man I know." - Arthur Rubinstein about himself.
 

Logo light pianostreet.com - the website for classical pianists, piano teachers, students and piano music enthusiasts.

Subscribe for unlimited access

Sign up

Follow us

Piano Street Digicert