A Plan in four Sections
SECTION A THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF PASSAGEWORK: MOTOR ACTIVITY
You will learn to discipline and organise fingers, hand, wrist and arm. One of the results is the correct basic tone of the arm muscles.
In practice this often means eliminating agitation from the action of the fingers, hand, wrist and arm. Often it also involves remedying unsatisfactory muscle tone and a defective set of movements. 'Despite constant practice, many pianists’ hands move inefficiently’ (Berkhout, p. 34). Uncoordinated, inefficient finger, wrist and arm movement may lead to injuries, as well as producing bad musical and expressive results.
SECTION B THE TRANSFORMATION OF PASSAGEWORK: DYNAMIC SHADES
You will learn to play dynamic shadings in passagework with ease. The ability to play a single beautiful note is one thing. Quite a different skill is required in order to have complete control over the refined use of dynamics in rapid passagework rather than remaining at the primitive level of purely mechanical playing. This is a skill which can be specifically learned: there is no mystery about it.
SECTION C THE BACKBONE OF PASSAGEWORK: SCALES
You will learn to play a scale efficiently. A highly disciplined scale technique provides the best basis for playing with the finest dynamic shades.
Scales are often played with superfluous wrist and arm movement and careless use of the thumb, which disturbs the fine posture and movement balance. The reward for good disciplined practice is a fluent scale technique, which has overcome all the tricks and half-solutions.
SECTION D MASTERY OF PASSAGEWORK
You will learn to play passagework in the most subtle and expressive sounding manner and to apply The Golden Fingers Technique to pieces of music.
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