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Craft of Piano Playing: A New Approach to Piano Technique Paperback – 19 Mar 2003

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  • Paperback: 454 pages
  • Publisher: The Scarecrow Press, Inc. (19 Mar. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810845911
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810845916
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 2.4 x 21.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,560,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Alan Fraser has written a formidable and insightful volume on piano technique. Using the Feldenkreis Method as his foundation, he has presented 417 articulate and often eloquent pages...the teacher working with younger students might find his book of great interest...I am pleased to recommend Fraser's book... -- Louis Nagel American Music Teacher This study is the result of years of searching and thinking about piano performance and pedagogy; Fraser brings to it his astoundingly profound knowledge of body movement and structure, acquired through his training as a practitioner of the Feldenkrais Method, and his study of Eastern martial arts such as T'ai chi, in addition to extensive experience as a concert performer and pedagogue...Fraser challenges many common pedagogical beliefs and ideas of movement, with detailed discussions of such areas as arm weight and the role of the arm, legato playing and natural finger shape among others. Although this study is devoted primarily to the physical aspect of playing the piano...fascinating insights and ideas are also provided into the middleground and background, namely rhythm and phrasing, and the emotional content of music. -- Manus Carey Journal Of The Isstip There are many useful ideas here, not just in the technical exercises, but also in the shorter sections on communication and interpretation. Classical Music The most detailed and intensive study of the subject since Otto Ortmann's seminal work, The Physiological Mechanics of Pianoforte Technique (1929). -- Daniel Stearns Piano Magazine All serious piano students should acquire this book, which is well-devised, carefully structured, and always laced with humour on this very serious topic!... -- Nadia Lasserson Journal Of The European Piano Teachers' Association Uk Fraser fills his book with interesting observations, procedures, and thought-provoking personal concepts. Recommended. CHOICE ...there are topics in this text not really addressed elsewhere. It would make a good 'alternative' pedagogy text for courses about piano technique and a thought-provoking read for the advanced pianist. -- Michael I. Goode American Music Teacher ...a valuable addition to performance studies, communicating some of the passion (rarely found in this and other areas of study) that the author feels for the music under discussion. Music and Letters, February 2007

About the Author

Canadian pianist Alan Fraser is Professor of Piano and Feldenkrais Method at the Art Academy of the University of Novi Sad, Serbia.

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As a professional pianist involved in different genres of musicmaking, I am constantly searching to improve my piano playing both musically and technically. "The Craft of Piano Playing" is a book that has put a lot of vague notions and inclings I have had during my piano practise time into proper focus and has given a whole new framework to what is being called "piano technique". Mr. Fraser approaches piano technique from a physical point of view (based on the famous Feldenkrais method - similar to the even more widely known Alexander technique), and relates it to the most common human movements (in combination with some Tai Chi exercises). This makes for very interesting reading, lots of easy to do and well-explained exercises and a thouroughly researched book. I wish there would be books like this on every instrument, it would save a lot of musicians a lot of time and struggle (and probably a lot of expensive doctor's bills too). I sincerely hope and warmly recommend that every aspiring pianist, whatever their style of choice or musical background, reads and applies this book, it is already a classic in my collection.
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This is a great book on improving piano technique, it has been out a few years but I wish I had of known about it then. The link with Tai Chi is fascinating, I am a Tai Chi-ist so I really appreciate Alan's take on this subject. It is a deep book but will save lots of wasted time in piano practice, the earlier these techniques and insights are adopted the better.
I agree with the reviewer who said this book is already a classic, I believe that, and also Alan's website is great with his online forum.
I ordered the kindle e-book, this doesn't have the dvd features unfortunately, but there are quite a few good videos Alan has posted on his website youtube links.
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Not having had a formal piano lesson since I left school, I found this very useful for reviewing principles either I had never learned or had forgotten. It works really well with the accompanying DVD and workbook - the video demonstrations are very useful because I always have trouble understanding movement from a diagram.
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