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HE CRAFT OF PIANO PLAYING

A Landmark Work Presenting a
New Comprehensive Approach to Piano Technique

Book Synopsis
Table of Contents
Intro Chapters
Other Excerpts
Book Reviews
Responses from Pianists
Appendix 1: Moshe Feldenkrais's Book Awareness Through Movement
Appendix 2: Feldenkrais Method and Musicians
Appendix 3: The Pianist's Progress - An Autobiography

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Landmark book presents an approach to piano technique based on the innate structure of the hand

THE CRAFT OF PIANO PLAYING presents an original approach to piano technique with a fascinating series of exercises designed to help the reader put this approach into practice. Alan Fraser has combined his extensive concert and pedagogical experience, his long-standing collaboration with the virtuoso Kemal Gekich, and his professional training in the Feldenkrais Method to create this innovative technique.

“a formidable and insightful volume on piano technique...“

Drawing on examples from the classical repertoire, the movement exercises presented serve to enrich the pianist’s kinesthetic self-image and educate the “pianistic reflexes”, activating as-yet untapped functions of the human piano playing mechanism. The exercises provide a new way of perceiving and manipulating the skeleton of the pianist’s hand to produce improved digital dexterity and tonal variety, greater power without harshness, heightened sensitivity and discrimination without weakness.

Skeletal piano technique addresses many counterproductive movement habits

They show how many of our common movement habits at the keyboard can become counterproductive, and provide a new way of manipulating the skeletal frame of the hand to produce astonishing sonic results from the instrument. Later on, further exercises integrate this physical approach with musical and performance issues.

“astoundingly profound knowledge of body movement and structure...“

Structural security in the hand's arch - for transcendant piano technique
The power of the hand's arch

Helps pianists of all levels to free their bodies for a deeper, fuller musical expression

Designed to help both students who need remedial work in basic strength at the keyboard and those seeking a new dimension of musical and pianistic understanding, The Craft of Piano Playing suggests that improved physical ability can free musical individuality to express itself more fully. This approach to piano technique can also serve as an effective antidote for debilitating performance anxiety, increasing one’s emotional security by providing the physical and musical basis for it. By filling in a missing link between intention and physical execution, this book truly aims to advance the “craft of piano playing”.

“Piano technique ideas delivered with wit, charm, and a strong clarity of intention and thought...“

Out the Back Door exercise from Alan Fraser's The Craft of Piano Playing: A New Approach to Piano Technique--Out the Back Door exercise from Alan Fraser's The Craft of Piano Playing: A New Approach to Piano Technique
"Out the Back Door:" an exercise for maximal curling

The Craft of Piano Playing is published by Scarecrow Press. Browse the various links above to familiarize yourself with its content and the scope of its ideas, and read what others have to say about this new approach to piano technique.