All Thumbs: Well-Coordinated Piano Technique
Alan Fraser's most fascinating book to date on piano technique
All Thumbs is the third of Alan Fraser's books on piano technique, following The Craft of Piano Playing and Honing the Pianistic Self-Image. Never before has the thumb, one of the most misunderstood and neglected parts of the pianist's hand, received such a complete makeover. Fraser fleshes out its role and provides a brilliant series of exercises to bring its full potential to bear on your piano technique.
Fraser shows how empowering the thumb leads to a similar empowerment of all the fingers, the hand, and the entire piano playing mechanism. He also addresses arm weight technique in more detail than ever before, with a discriminating evaluation of its potential pitfalls as well as a paean to the glories of its best incarnations.
Published June, 2012.
Feedback from pianist/pedagogues
Alan Fraser's books and DVD are used widely in courses on Piano Pedagogy and Movement & Wellness for Pianists at the university level. Here's what one professor has to say about their efficacy:
"The class was a raging smash! Everyone loved it and we all learned a ton trying out your ATM's and having heated discussions and experimenting at the piano (and on the floor etc). I hope to teach the course again this Spring. Your book was a godsend/goddessend! It really helped us have a point of departure and helped us to place other approaches into context, etc. I think a few folks walked out of there with major confusion (a good thing)... but ready to embark on serious ATM type practice sessions!
As always, the thing I love most about your book (apart from your expertise), is your willingness to try anything and encourage students to do likewise. It is incredibly freeing and inspiring. The body is made to move!"
J. J., University of Wisconsin
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All Thumbs in paperback
Special Deluxe Softcover Edition printed on glossy paper for maximum quality photographic reproduction.