Bernhard’s posts about technique

1 discusses how to acquire technique and what technique actually is
tags: practice, link list

2 How to make practising effective, etc.: summary of links
tags: selecting pieces, practice

3 One must make a difference between impossibly difficult repertory and challenging repertory.
tags: practice

4 Re: Slow or fast practicing
tags: fingers

5 Duality of movements
tags: practice

6 Why one has to stop practice at the peak of his accuracy

7 technique is a way of doing things

8 List of techniques
tags: exercises, Hanon, finger evenness

9 Why Hanon is a waste of time – or not – summary of arguments and many relevant links
tags: exercises

10 The basic technique for what?
tags: exercises, 4th finger, fingers, Hanon

11 More Hanon: demonstration of 4th finger problem
tags: thumb, scales

12 description of thumb movement when descending rh scales
tags: speed, practice, slow practice

13 Ultra fast arpeggios – slow practice x slow motion practice – good post by Herve – Abby whiteside is also mentioned
tags: practice times, practice goal, thinking, practice, exercises, finger evenness, hand memory, practice plan

14 Getting technique from pieces – several important tricks: hand memory, dropping notes, repeated note-groups
tags: practice plan, practice

15 How do you get technique from pieces
tags: silent practice, practice plan

16 Do not bother with the parts of the piece you have no technical difficulty
tags: practice, mental practice

17 mental practice – Glenn Gould interview
tags: Cortot

18 rational principles of technique
tags: exercises

19 Cortot’s rational principles of technique
tags: Czerny, exercises

20 it allows me to contrast two very different philosophies of approaching piano practice/technique acquisition
tags: exercises

21 Another debate on Hanon, Czerny and exercise X repertory to acquire technique – list of blunders by experts
tags: thumb, practice, scales

22 Thumb under/over – detailed explanation – Fosberry flop
tags: thumb, scales

23 Thumb Over/Under – continued
tags: fingers, exercises

24 Technical exercises
tags: exercises

25 developping finger independence – as if it was possible – examples of videos showing good technique – 4 books
tags: exercises, fingers

26 Nine year old girl with weak fingers – Yet another thread on finger strength and exercises
tags: method books, teacher

27 Which tutorial series is recomended for adult beginners?

28 Advice of an Amazing Pianist
tags: practice, fingers, pinky

29 how to aim the pinky – using the arm to move the fingers
tags: 4th finger, practice, fingers, exercises, speed, Sandor

30 finger strength
tags: practice times, practice

31 How should an adult beginner practice? Chang and practice spot
tags: motivation, practice, concentration

32 how to deal with boredom
tags: practice, silent practice

33 silent practice and its advantages
tags: speed, practice

34 Speed – the 3 most important factors
tags: fingers, practice, speed

35 Hand tension – not using fingers to play
tags: practice

36 imitating pianists
tags: practice, hand, HT/HS, Bach, selecting pieces

37 developing both hands equally – website for left handed pianos
tags: practice, sound

38 Colour – it is all about overtones
tags: practice, HT/HS, breath

39 dropping notes by comparing it with patting head/rubbing tummy
tags: beginner, teaching a kid, teacher, exercises

40 How to teach very young students – the historical method, the pragmatical x logical method and total exposure as the best way for under-5s
tags: speed, practice

41 Octaves and fast octaves – excellent post by Robert Henry
tags: practice, concentration

42 short attention span
tags: CD, practice, speed, practice plan

43 practising long pieces – Good discussion if one should or should not listen to CDs – Slow motion practice, comparison with walking/running
tags: practice, practice times, time to learn

44 How much practice a day? – two zen stories
tags: exercises, scales

45 First of all it is doubtful that “fundamental” techniques exist
tags: practice

46 Practice environment – the Virgil Clavier
tags: scales, speed, exercises, Hanon, practice, fingering

47 Speed of scales – the important factors in speed playing – an alternative fingering for scales
tags: practice, mistakes

48 common mistakes made by students
tags: fingers, practice, speed

49 Fingering placement on the keys
tags: piano, keys

50 Key dip – this is a question about the mechanical aspects of the piano
tags: practice

51 Virgil clavier & silent practice – Ted gives some good information. – how Arrau used one
tags: Bach

52 how to practise the Giga of Partita 1
tags: practice

53 basic movements that make up piano technique are pretty limited
tags: practice, practice plan, outlining

54 Alkan op. 39 no. 4 – outlining as the best strategy to deal with this piece
tags: exercises, Czerny, practice, finger evenness

55 Technical studies x pieces – the genesis of Studies and how Czerny derived his exercises from Beethoven sonatas – why scales are useless and at the same time essential – Chopin x Kalkbrenner story – Unorthodox fingering for scales
tags: scales, Chopin, etudes

56 Chopin was acutely aware that his piano technique was different
tags: Czerny, practice, speed

57 repeated note-groups as a way to tackle Czerny op. 740 no. 2
tags: fingers, practice, fingering, mental practice

58 Mental practice – tips for fingering
tags: practice

59 Double thirds – the movement
tags: speed, hand, thirds

60 you should use the arm muscles to move the forearm
tags: 4th finger, fingers, practice, exercises, scales, speed

61 Independence of the 3rd and 4thfinger – it is impossible, one should work towards the illusion of independence: it is all arm work
tags: practice, movements, fingers

62 Therefore do not aim at increasing strength/independence of fingers
tags: fingers, practice, exercises, speed

63 Round fingers – the role of fingers
tags: time management, 7×20 rule, practice times, finishing pieces, practice, practice plan, exercises, finger evenness

64 how to organise piano practise in short/medium/long term – Principle of memory retention – Principle of 15 minute sessions – stopping when you achieve your goals. Teachers should teach how to learn
tags: scales, practice

65 an structured plan to learn scales and arpeggios – includes description of repeated note-groups and other tricks
tags: practice, speed, accuracy

66 Accuracy – causes for inaccuracy – One possible solution: repeated note-groups
tags: accuracy, practice, note groups

67 Select a sequence of ten notes that are giving you trouble
tags: practice, wrist

68 Question on piano height, octave playing, wrist movement, etc.

69 Definition of Piano Technique
tags: practice times, practice, speed

70 Slow practice – Glenn Gould’s finger tapping
tags: practice times, practice, analysis

71 Piece analysis – delay going to the piano and spend most time analysing – Comparison with the process of film making
tags: scales, exercises, Hanon, fingers, practice, fingering

72 unorthodox fingering for all major and minor scales plus an explanation
tags: scales, practice, teaching a kid

73 Teaching scales – the cluster method and why one should start with B major
tags: Bach, inventions, practice

74 how to teach/learn a piece form scratch using as example J. S. Bach’s invention no. 1
tags: practice times, HT/HS, practice, fingers, accuracy

75 How to practice aim and accuracy – looking at the LH and giving verbal instructions to the RH – Full discussion on left and right brain
tags: practice

76 Staccatto x light accents
tags: scales, practice

77 scales & compositions – the real importance of scales is to develop the concept of key, not exercise
tags: practice times, practice, exercises, HT/HS

78 When to join hands
tags: fingers, practice, movements

79 Body movement – piano playing and martial arts
tags: fingers, practice, movements, adults

80 How a student’s physicality affects teaching – discussion on arm x fingers – moving from the centre: tantien and taichi – Seymour Fink gets discussed as well
tags: fingers, movements

81 Efficient, elegant movement always start at the centre and moves outwards
tags: Bach

82 Bach Technique
tags: practice times, practice, practice plan

83 how everyone in the forum practises – the scientific method to decide what practice routine is good and which is not. Comments on Chang book
tags: practice, exercises, Schubert

84 how to teach op. 142 no. 2 – Burgmuller studies – Lots of practice tricks – the pragmatical x logical approach using Boolean algebra and word processing as an example
tags: practice, bad habits

85 Bad habits when playing/practising
tags: scales, speed, practice

86 how to play superfast scales
tags: exercises, practice plan, Czerny, practice

87 Czerny x Scarlatti to acquire technique – Ted gives an excellent contribution
tags: melody, practice

88 How to create a cantabile effect – several approaches: creating a mental image, outlining, the three basic ways to bring out a melody
tags: scales, practice

89 Best order to learn scales – what does it mean not to play scales outside pieces
tags: scales

90 Regarding not practicing scales outside of pieces
tags: exercises, scales, practice, finger evenness, fingers, HT/HS

91 why and when to practise scales HS and HT – Pragmatical x logical way of teaching – analogy with aikido – list of piano techniques – realistic x sports martial arts – technique and how to acquire it by solving technical problems – Hanon and why it should be avoided – Lemmings
tags: martial arts

92 Can you list the technique’s that should be mastered?
tags: exercises

93 technique does not exist in a vacuum
tags: Hanon, exercises

94 The Virtuoso Pianist was published in 1873
tags: practice, metronome

95 When to use the metronome
tags: practice, trills

96 trills and melody in the same hand
tags: hand

97 how big are your hands, and does it matter? 7 x 20 minutes – exercise/activities to strengthen the playing apparatus – ways to deal with wide chords – the myth that Richter was self-taught – 3 stages of learning – Example: Chopin militaire Polonaise – scientific principles for testing practice methods – Example: Prelude in F#m from WTC1 – when to join hands and why HS – practice is improvement – the principle of “easy” – Example: Chopin’s ballade no. 4 – repeated groups
tags: HT/HS, coordination

98 The only reason to work of separate hands is to master the technical problems
tags: memorisation, Bach

99 memorising the Allemande of French suite no. 1
tags: practice, speed, fingering

100 Repeated note-groups applied to Gottschalk
tags: HT/HS, practice times, practice, exercises, breath, coordination

101 Hands together: when and how – dropping notes
tags: HT/HS, practice

102 Hands together – dropping notes – when to learn HT and when to learn HS
tags: thinking, thumb, practice, scales

103 thumb over – hand displacement – practising with awareness – awareness is not thinking – learning by imitation
tags: speed, practice times, practice

104 zoom-zoom – all about speed playing – example: 3rd movt of Moonlight
tags: improvisation, scales, practice

105 using scales as the basis for free improvisation
tags: melody, practice

106 how to bring out a melody – 3 different ways – Importance of a mental representation: hear in your mind and the fingers will comply
tags: 7×20 rule, practice times, practice goal, practice, exercises, finger evenness, practice plan

107 7 X 20 principle, how do you know when you mastered a section, when to use the methods, and when they are not necessary – investigating the reasons for difficult
tags: fingers, practice

108 playing with curved fingers – worry less about movement and more about sound
tags: speed, practice

109 Speed: discussion about gradually speeding up with a metronome or using Chang’s approach
tags: practice, analysis

110 analysing pieces
tags: practice, exercises

111 staccato etudes and alternatives to them
tags: practice goal, practice

112 3 correct X wrong attitudes when practising
tags: exercises

113 directions for interpretation of Chopin prelude no. 4
tags: exercises, practice, practice plan

114 one cannot learn technique in a vacuum. At the same time one cannot simply play pieces – comparison with tennis
tags: practice times, adults, practice, exercises, practice plan

115 Does age and practice time matter? – Summaries of the 7 x 20 approach – averages and standard deviations are given for the several numbers – need for a practice diary – how to deal with mastering something and forgetting it next day – what exactly is mastery – the 3 stages of mastery
tags: practice goal, fingers, speed, practice, exercises, fingering, speed, trills

116 How to investigate the best movement pattern: Example Scarlatti sonata K70 – How to work out the best fingering. Example: CPE Bach Allegro in A – Slow x slow motion practice – HS x HT – practising for only 5 – 10 minutes
tags: speed, practice, hand, HT/HS, left hand

117 improving speed of LH – move the whole LH not only fingers
tags: beginner, anatomy, fingers, exercises, speed

118 beginner’s muscle development – anatomy of the hand forearm – true reasons for extremely slow practice
(beginner’s muscle development – anatomy of the hand forearm – true reasons for extremely slow practice – )

tags: speed, practice

119 CC Chang and relaxation for playing fast passages
tags: exercises, practice, Hanon

120 Hanon: pros and cons – Robert Henry’s opinion
tags: practice times, practice, practice goal

121 How long to practice – having an aim, achieving it and moving on – How to define aim
tags: speed, practice

122 How to increase speed: slowly using metronome x fast with chord attack – juggling and skiping rope as examples
tags: Chopin, practice plan, practice

123 Preparing Chopin’s Revolutionary study op. 10 no. 12
tags: practice, mental practice

124 mental practice

125 Technique is a way of doing something
tags: books

126 technique is personal and relative to the piece – Fosberry flop – the best books on technique

127 Seymour Fink, Gyorgy Sandor, Maria João Pires definitions of technique
tags: practice plan, 7×20 rule, practice times, practice goal, practice

128 explains once more about 7 x 20 minutes – Progress is the ultimate decider – How to break a piece in practice sessions – Example: Satie gymnopedie – importance of planning – aim at 100 pieces per year – Example: Bach Cm WTC 2 –
tags: Chopin, practice plan

129 how to master Chopin´s waltz in Am
tags: practice plan, practice goal, repertory

130 how to acquire virtuoso technique – aiming at 100 pieces in five years
tags: practice plan, practice times, finishing pieces, practice goal, practice

131 more details: learned – mastered –omniscience – why repertory must be paramount – how to work on 20 pieces per month – a case for easy repertory – importance of discipline and of having a plan – analogy of mastering a piece and making wine – musicality is ultimately good taste – Example: Beethoven op. 49 no. 2- A list of progressive repertory to lead to Rach prelude op. 32 no. 5 – mastery is when it is easy
tags: finishing pieces

132 You mastered something the moment it becomes easy
tags: practice goal, practice, practice plan

133 No skipped steps – the usual places where students go wrong – Ht x HS
tags: speed, practice, Beethoven

134 Practising for speed – Example: Beethoven Op. 49 no. 2
tags: HT/HS, 7×20 rule, practice times, practice goal, practice, exercises, finger evenness, practice plan

135 Paul’s report on B’s method. HS x HT – Example: Lecuona’s malaguena – 7×20 – need to adjust and adapt – repeated note-groups – importance of HS – hand memory – 7 items only in consciousness – playing in automatic pilot –
tags: practice plan, speed

136 Stage 1 – Investigative. Stage 2 is real practice.
tags: practice

137 definition of technique: quote from Fink, Sandor and Pires – Example of the A-E-A arpeggio

138 About technique – cont.
tags: exercises, practice

139 The only things that matters to me are: “Does it work?”
tags: practice, mental practice, teaching a kid

140 mental practice
tags: practice, practice plan, practice times

141 Summary of links to optimise practising and planning
tags: 4th finger, practice, fingers, exercises, speed

142 The finger strength controversy – some excellent posts by xvimbi
tags: speed, practice

143 More questions on fast speed practice – the eldorado analogy – collection of links
tags: 7×20 rule, practice times, practice

144 more on 7×20 – what it means to master a passage
tags: exercises

145 There may be no need to repeat something 100 times.
tags: teacher

146 I propose pragmatical versus logical methods
tags: practice times, practice goal, practice, exercises, speed, practice plan

147 alternative to the chord trick – Rhythm variations – repeated note-groups – starting with the difficult bars – how to break down a piece in sessions – ways to tackle speed that do not involve the chord trick
tags: exercises, Hanon, link list

148 Exercises x repertory – why technique cannot be isolated from music – analogy with warmup in the martial arts – dynamic flexibility and co-ordination – how to do high kicks without warming up
tags: exercises, Czerny, Hanon

149 Defending technicalexercises – two different philosophies regarding exercises – chopstick analogy
tags: practice, teacher

150 3 most important practice tricks
tags: interpretation

151 Developing “feeling” and “expression”
tags: practice

152 how long do you practice? It depends on what is meant by practice
tags: practice, finishing pieces

153 how to deal with slips – concentrate on the music, not on the score – analogy with actors and lines on a script
tags: Taubman

154 Re: The Taubman Institute Videos
tags: practice, practice plan

155 3 principles of super efficient/fast learning
tags: practice, scales

156 Talent – Attention to detail – example of scale in clusters and how the overlooked aim is to prepare fingers.
tags: practice, mental practice

157 when to work on expression – change focus every 2 minutes – comparison with plate spinning
tags: thumb, exercises, scales, speed

158 Thumb over is a misnomer: it consists of co-ordinating four separate movements
tags: Bach, practice goal, inventions, outlining

159 how to outline invention 14
tags: practice times, finishing pieces, practice goal, practice, practice plan, HT/HS

160 How to break a piece in sessions – Example: Invention no. 1
tags: practice times, finishing pieces, practice goal, practice plan, practice, HT/HS

161 How to organise the breaking down of a piece over several days. Examples: CPE Bach Fantasia, Blow Sarabande, Chopin Cantabile; Chopin Scherzo no. 2
tags: 4th finger, exercises, Hanon, scales, fingers, speed

162 why the lifting of the 4th finger is a non-problem
tags: speed, fingers, tension

163 speed and muscle tension – 3 important components of speed playing
tags: practice goal, practice

164 when is a piece finished – why technique and interpretation cannot be divorced
tags: Bach, practice plan

165 scheme for learning prelude 2 WTC 1
tags: teacher, bad habits, movements, speed

166 Critique this performance
tags: exercises

167 repertory x purely technical exercises to acquire technique

168 Consider the most basic definition of “technique”: a way of doing things.
tags: teacher, Fink, Sandor

169 Taught vs discovered technique – Czerny vs. Fink/Sandor vs. Self
tags: Chopin, outlining, practice, practice plan

170 outlining: example – with score – Chopin etude op. 25 no. 1
tags: practice

171 learning a piece back to front
tags: Scarlatti

172 detailed discussion of Scarlatti sonata K32
tags: scales, fingers

173 chromatic scale fingerings
tags: scales, Hanon, exercises, Duchbag, philosophy

174 debunking of duchbag video with technical advice
tags: exercises, Cortot, motivation

175 Debunking of Cortot – real technique is easy and does not need to bo practised – Liszt´s story
tags: selecting pieces, exercises, etudes

176 Extensive list of technical exercises and studies
tags: Taubman

177 Taubman & Taubman videos
tags: exercises

178 technical exercises – reply # 8 by xvimbi is most excellent
tags: practice, rhythm

179 detailed discussion on posture – Bernhard´s 10 principles of good posture
tags: exercises, Cramer

180 an account on how Cramer’s technique deteriorated with age
tags: exercises, fingers, Dohnanyi, Hanon

181 debunking Dohnanyi
tags: scales, exercises, Hanon, fingering

182 Scale fingering must be modified according to the piece – Godard op. 149 no.5 – yet another example of the folly of technical exercises
tags: Taubman, Barbara Lister Sink

183 Detailed description of Taubman, Fink and Sink plus comparison
tags: wrist, exercises, Hanon, finger evenness, fingers

184 wrist action – the movements that should be avoided when playing and the movements that should be used
tags: practice goal, exercises, fingers, teacher, analysis

185 repeated note-groups for difficult passages – correct technique is never uncomfortable – rotation as the solution to 5th finger weakness – criticism to misguided technical exercises – trusting the unconscious
tags: exercises, Czerny, Scarlatti

186 Scarlatti x czerny to acquire technique – quotes by Sankey and Kirkpatrick
tags: Schumann, practice plan

187 Session breakdown of Schumann´s op. 68 no. 30
tags: interpretation, Chopin

188 General discussion on interpretation – detailed example: Prelude no. 20
tags: interpretation, Chopin


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