Chopin's technical revolution

Published in July, 2021 in the category Technique and Pedagogy

The tradition from which Chopin started had a solid and broad cultural base. But after having assimilated it, Chopin went further, much further, along a road that was also followed by Liszt and Thalberg and by almost all pianists of the 1810-1820 generation. 

The modern piano technique, which was born precisely with Chopin and Liszt, introduced innovative principles that made it profoundly different from the ancient technique. 

In reality, it cannot be …

The learning triangle

Published in May, 2021 in the category Technique and Pedagogy

The learning triangle is a method that, if applied literally, will change the way you study piano forever.

At the center of this triangle there is a mental "space" where concentration is at its maximum and no negative thoughts are able to distract you or disturb your performance. 

The angles of the triangle represent the main elements of the study.
The first angle means to play the part in full.  By this we …

Solfa and Curwen hand signs

Published in March, 2021 in the category Technique and Pedagogy

Curwen hand signs often go along with solfa scale, like a sign language.  The reason these are useful is that it provides a movement to go along with the pitch that we're singing.  Moving our bodies at the same time as singing, and thinking and using our voices gives us another way to understand what we're doing.  It engages another part of our brains, which means that we work more …

Dorothy Taubman

Published in December, 2020 in the category Technique and Pedagogy

Prolific piano teacher and pedagogue Dorothy Taubman (1917-2013) formed a technical approach on the piano aiming to enable pianists to express themselves to the fullest.  For Dorothy Taubman, there was always a way for pianists to avoid all possible limitations that stop them from excelling.  She strongly advocated throughout her life that pianists should work on their interpretation undistracted from pain, fatigue, injuries and other trivial matters.  In her words …

Bartolomeo Cristofori, father of the piano

Published in November, 2020 in the category Technique and Pedagogy

The piano has an undisputed father: his name is Bartolomeo Cristofori, born in Padua, Italy on 4 May 1655. 

He was in the service of Prince Ferdinando de' Medici, in Florence, as harpsichord maker, from 1688 or 1689.  In reality it would seem that the piano was conceived by Cristofori when a group of Florentine nobles discovered the flaws of the harpsichord. 

Documents set "two years before the …

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