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The Alan Fraser Summer Piano Institute @ Smith College June 19-25 2011

There are still a few places available for the Alan Fraser Piano Institute @ Smith College in Massachusetts this June. An exceptional opportunity to work with a 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.


NEW PUBLICATION!

Honing the Pianistic self-Image

Alan Fraser's latest tome on piano technique, Honing the Pianistic Self-Image: Skeletal-Based Piano Technique has just been published by Maple Grove Music Productions.

Further developments in Fraser's new approach to piano technique

HONING THE PIANISTIC SELF-IMAGE takes up where The Craft of Piano Playing left off in the development of Alan Fraser’s comprehensive piano technique. Where Craft focused on the foundational security of the hand’s innate structure and function, Honing shows you how to take that structure up into a new, sophisticated state – unstable equilibrium – to gain an even finer control over the colours and emotion you produce at the piano. You acquire an even greater freedom while losing none of your power, whose refinement actually increases through this process of functional evolution. Honing also relates unstable equilibrium in the hand to a similar state in the body, showing how a whole-body harmonious relationship to the field of gravity is a crucial support to the empowered hand on the keyboard.

Addresses the role of the body in piano technique

The structure of Honing the Pianistic Self-Image is similar to that of The Craft of Piano Playing – explanatory text alternated with practical applications – and the link to Feldenkrais Method is even clearer in Honing than it was in Craft.  The latter part of Honing contains several full-length Awareness Through Movement lessons linking hand function to whole body organization.

Physical piano technique is inextricably linked to musical expression

Honing is not only about technique but musicianship as well – chapters focused on the physical are balanced out by several that deal with specifically musical issues where Fraser links the concept of skeletality to rhythm,  phrasing, harmonic colour and orchestration.

Sonya Ardan's illustrations evoke the essence of the hand's role at the piano

And Sonya Ardan, Alan Fraser’s stellar artist from his earlier book, has once again turned her keen eye to sketching the hand in attitudes that evoke not just the numerous unexplored possibilities for hand position but also the gesture – the hand in movement.

Do your piano technique a big favour: place your order today!

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