Welcome to CraftofPiano.com. the official site for
CRAFT OF PIANO METHOD:
A NEW APPROACH TO PIANO TECHNIQUE
developed by Canadian pianist ALAN FRASER over a period of 40 years’ research.
News Flash: The Alan Fraser Summer Piano Institute @ Smith College
There are still a few places available for the Alan Fraser Piano Institute @ Smith College running June 19-25 in Massachusetts. An exceptional opportunity to work a the master of piano technique, 21st century style. Fraser welcomes musicians from any band of the pianistic spectrum, working equally well with performing professionals, university students, studio teachers and enthusiastic amateurs. Click on the above link for more information.
Why yet another piano method?
Countless excellent piano methods exist today - but some pianists
still fall short of their full potential. Many pianists play with unquestionably beautiful tone and expression, but fewer possess the big, orchestral sound that was the trademark of the Romantic virtuoso. The mark of each artist’s personality is less visible than it was in a bygone era – and there’s a hidden underlying cause: limitations in one’s physical organization. To improve this situation is the aim of Alan Fraser's Craft of Piano Method, which also effectively addresses
another pressing concern: performance injury.
What makes Craft of Piano Method different?
Recent insights into the nature of human movement offer new
opportunities for improvement. We know more about how the brain uses
the sensory-motor feedback loop to
control the muscles and bones, fine-tuning a movement’s accuracy
literally dozens of times a second. More is known about the hand’s
innate structure, and how its natural grasping function is hidden in
virtually all finger actions. Craft of Piano Method links these
developments in kinesiology to practical applications in piano technique, creating a focus on the
physical that enriches personal expression rather than sterilizing it.
The basic components of Craft of Piano Method
Instead of defining a particular
movement as good or bad, Craft of Piano Method enriches the sensory picture of
your hand, allowing you to find the best
way of moving in any pianistic situation. In Craft of Piano Method, old terms take on new meaning – for instance, relaxation is no longer an end in itself but becomes a means to greater activation of the hand. And new terms are introduced, such as skeletality:
how the bones would move if you were a skeleton and nothing more. You
learn to make your bones do more of the work, your muscles less. Freed
from the need to stiffen or take over the work of the skeleton, your
muscles can now fine tune movement, leading to a new level and
quality of control - more refined and more powerful.
Craft of Piano Method analyses
whole-body actions such as standing, walking or running, then creates a
pianistic analogy to give your hands the sense that they are really
starting anew, learning from scratch, with the exciting possibility of
leaving old counter-productive habits behind and developing new
combinations of grace and power, sensitivity and brilliance at the keyboard.
At the piano we first look at legato,
the foundation of piano technique. We discover the structural integrity
needed in the hand to create a legato that really joins notes together
but avoids stiffening physically – the combination of structural
stability and moveability that your hand needs to do the job. We then
examine other types of finger action before moving on to the role of
the arm in this complex and multifaceted process. Every
physical step is linked to listening: to the aural result any particular physical organization will obtain. This is real piano technique: the kind that enhances musicianship instead of distracting one from it.
How can I improve my piano technique with Craft of Piano Method?
Learn to sense your own structural power.
Lessons in Feldenkrais Method ® can help you experience
the incredible release of muscular tension that happens
when you access the skeletal power of your body.
Or go directly to the keyboard where you can learn how to stand, walk and
run more 'skeletally' with the help of The Craft of Piano Playing DVD and book as well as Alan Fraser's new work, Honing the Pianistic Self-Image: Skeletal-Based Piano Technique.
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