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Offline jeff

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the bottom line
« on: July 19, 2004, 11:10:50 AM »
when it comes to technique, i'm sure we're all familiar with the various rules and guidelines that teachers instruct students to follow (correct hand/wrist position, how to use the fingers/arm/wrist, how high/low to sit etc...), and i think most of us would have noticed famous pianists doing physical things which appear to contradict what teachers have told us, or which vary significantly from one famous pianist to another.

Is there any thing(s) which all those famous pianists do/did physically (or even mentally) which really contributes to a good technique?

Offline Mayla

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Re: the bottom line
«Reply #1 on: July 19, 2004, 08:48:27 PM »
"The greatest thing in this world is not so much where we are, but in what direction we are moving"  ~Oliver Wendell Holmes


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Re: the bottom line
«Reply #2 on: July 19, 2004, 09:01:54 PM »
I might be way off the mark here as I'm not a teacher etc. etc. but I think could be because they just didn't worry too much about what their technique was like, as long as they played all the notes as accurately as humanly possible, made a beautiful sound and communicated their thoughts and feelings about the music with the audience they weren't too fussed how they did it, and who would be?!

In my opinion there is not really a right and wrong way to do things, it very much depends on how you develop and hand size etc. etc. Obviously if you are in pain then there must be something to do with technique that needs adjusting and if you want to master a specific aspect of technique such as repeated notes in ravel and are having problems with it then you may want to actually find a certain hand position etc. I personally feel that you mustn't get obsessed with technique after all it is only a very small part of music making and only address it if you need to, in other words if it aint broke don't fix it!!!!!

Offline steinway88

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Re: the bottom line
«Reply #3 on: July 19, 2004, 09:21:45 PM »
Probaly Sviatoslav Richter , and Simon Barere would be  some pianists.