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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.


Access the natural power of your hand's arch to transform your piano technique

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, the keystone of the arch: crucial to healthy piano techniqueCraft 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.

Evoking the moveability of the hand's arch to empower one's piano technique

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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Legato, the foundation of piano technique, consolidates the hand's arch