The Craft of Piano Playing: A New Approach to Piano Technique (2nd Edition)

The Craft of Piano Playing: A New Approach to Piano Technique (2nd Edition)

By: Alan Fraser (author)Paperback

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In The Craft of Piano Playing, master pianist Alan Fraser offers readers an original and comprehensive approach to piano technique, offering over 100 illustrations and a series of unique exercises to guide the reader. Drawing on his many years as a performer and teacher, his long-standing collaborations with pedagogue Phil Cohen and virtuoso Kemal Gekich, and his professional training in the Feldenkrais Method, Fraser introduces his truly innovative piano technique by * Teaching how to move your hands with greater sensitivity, power, and accuracy, and honing the skeletal alignments to help you access your innate, structural potency; * Linking your physical technique to musical expression, creating an "absolutely natural way of moving at the piano that is powerful, flexible, and musical" (Piano News, Germany); and * Keeping your hands healthy while avoiding the threats of tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, focal dystonia, and RSI. This revised second edition joins the DVD of the same name, his study guide, and his latest book, Honing the Pianistic Self-Image, in Alan Fraser's growing line of piano pedagogical materials. This edition includes new chapters, such as "Arm Rhythm" and "The Body's Support of Natural Finger Shape," updated material reflecting evolutions in Fraser's technical and pedagogical thinking, a "cleaner and leaner" literary style, and more extensive, better-organized tables of contents, with cross-references to corresponding chapters in the DVD. For more information please visit,, or

About Author

After studying piano with Phil Cohen and Tom Plaunt in Montreal, Canadian pianist Alan Fraser completed his professional training in the Feldenkrais Method before moving to Yugoslavia in 1990 to collaborate with Kemal Gekic in the development of a new approach to piano technique. Author of several books and a DVD on the subject, Fraser maintains an active Feldenkrais practice and piano teaching position in Novi Sad, Serbia, as well as continuing to concertize and lead workshops worldwide.


Part I - The Foreground: Physical Craftsmanship at The Piano I Getting Started II General Principles Of Movement At The Piano III Hand Strength and Function A: Perfecting Legato IV Hand Strength and Function B: The Special Role of the Thumb and its Relation to the Forefinger V Hand Strength and Function C: 8ves to Synthesize Hand and Arm Function VI Hand Strength and Function D: Maximal Articulation of the Fingers VII Above The Hand: The Role Of The Wrist And Arm In Legato VIII Rotation IX Natural Finger Shape X Some Other Touch Strategies and Combinations Part II - The Middleground: Some Aspects of Musical Craft XI Rhythm XII Phrasing XIII Orchestration Part III - The Background: Tell A Story: How Craft Becomes Art XIV Emotional Content XV A Few Last Thoughts

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780810877139
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 510
  • ID: 9780810877139
  • weight: 812
  • ISBN10: 0810877139
  • edition: 2nd Edition

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