BOOK BUY YOUTUBE INTRO PASSAGEWORK 4 Sections QUOTATIONS Bibliography AUTHOR
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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