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Topic: Should i start Sandor or Fink?  (Read 2439 times)

Offline etudes

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Should i start Sandor or Fink?
on: May 04, 2005, 05:03:55 PM
i bought 2 books from book shop
should i start on fink or sandor first? to make it more easy and develop my technique
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Re: Should i start Sandor or Fink?
Reply #1 on: May 04, 2005, 05:18:59 PM
Start with Fink, Primary Movement 1. This one alone will keep you busy for at least six months.

You are asking "why?" This exercise is at the heart of the Alexander Technique and schools that promote general proper posture. Depending on the bad habits that you have acquired over the years, this one will take a lot of time to fix.

Having said that, you can of course work on both books simultaneously and also go to later exercises in the Sandor book before having mastered the first one. Just be conscious about it.

I would also highly recommend Thomas Mark's book "What every pianist needs to know about the body". This book complements the other two extremely well. It also spells out directly what is wrong with many of the piano myths. With that, you have three books that will provide very good guidance. Now, all you need, ideally, is a teacher who knows about them, follows the principles presented, and who can help you work through them.

Finally, it is probably best to read through the books first without doing any of the exercises. This will give you an idea about what's in them, so that you can organize your further proceedings properly. It's like sight-reading through a piece first, before one starts working on it for real.

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Re: Should i start Sandor or Fink?
Reply #2 on: May 04, 2005, 05:43:36 PM
Finally, it is probably best to read through the books first without doing any of the exercises. This will give you an idea about what's in them, so that you can organize your further proceedings properly. It's like sight-reading through a piece first, before one starts working on it for real.
read through 2 books at first maybe good idea
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Re: Should i start Sandor or Fink?
Reply #3 on: May 04, 2005, 08:04:15 PM
Simultaneous, I'd say. Skim both.

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Re: Should i start Sandor or Fink?
Reply #4 on: May 05, 2005, 08:41:01 PM
should i start on fink or sandor first?

And also don't forget to study CC Chang's book; Sandor and Fink are two of his main references.

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Re: Should i start Sandor or Fink?
Reply #5 on: May 05, 2005, 09:05:08 PM
And also don't forget to study CC Chang's book; Sandor and Fink are two of his main references.
thanks
i already finished that book!
its worth to read
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Re: Should i start Sandor or Fink?
Reply #6 on: May 05, 2005, 10:59:56 PM
Etudes, this is excellent.  I have all the books mentioned as well, and was wondering how to approach them (I've read a lot of Chang's, but just bits of the others.

I am mildly contemplating getting the Taubman videos as well.  But would this maybe be excessive?  They are so pricey, and I'm not very good yet (just getting to Fur Elise).    Couldn't find them in county library system either.   Unless this is a something I must have (since I could swing it), I would probably not indulge.   I'm already feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the info I have.  Any opinions?

Karen

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Re: Should i start Sandor or Fink?
Reply #7 on: May 06, 2005, 11:01:59 PM
Etudes, this is excellent. I have all the books mentioned as well, and was wondering how to approach them (I've read a lot of Chang's, but just bits of the others.

I am mildly contemplating getting the Taubman videos as well. But would this maybe be excessive? They are so pricey, and I'm not very good yet (just getting to Fur Elise). Couldn't find them in county library system either. Unless this is a something I must have (since I could swing it), I would probably not indulge. I'm already feeling a bit overwhelmed with all the info I have. Any opinions?

Karen
yeah i am agree with Taubman i want it too but its too expensive for me
and here in my dorm dont have video player - -''
is there taubman vcd or dvd?? it would be better for me (for copy on internet to lol.)
btw i read both now
i have to spend alot of my time on this 2 books
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