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THE CRAFT OF PIANO PLAYING

A Landmark Work Presenting a

New Comprehensive Approach to Piano Technique

Alan Fraser has combined his extensive concert and pedagogical experience, his longstanding collaboration with the virtuoso Kemal Gekich, and his professional training in the Feldenkrais Method to create this innovative piano technique.

The Craft of Piano Playing guarantees improvement to all pianists,

...from concert professionals, piano teachers and university students to mature beginning pianists and enthusiastic amateurs.

It not only combines the best of the finger action, arm weight and Russian schools, but also goes beyond them, returning to the innate structure and function of the human hand to unlock its potential for effective keyboard technique. Fraser's analysis of how we do what we do at the keyboard clarifies enigmas that have challenged pianists for generations.

The 88 exercises

... draw on the classical repertoire, activating as-yet untapped functions of the human piano playing mechanism and leading to improved digital dexterity, tonal variety, greater power without harshness, sensitivity and discrimination without weakness. They show how common keyboard movements are counterproductive, and how resolving these 'movement anomalies' can produce astonishing piano sonorities. In the latter part of the book, further exercises integrate this physical approach with musical and performance issues. Use this book to improve your own playing, and also as a teacher to add a whole new dimension of effectiveness to your piano instruction.

Addresses piano performance anxiety

Designed to help both those seeking a new dimension of musical and pianistic understanding and students who need remedial work in basic keyboard prowess, The Craft of Piano Playing suggests that improved physical ability can free musical individuality to express itself more fully. It also offers an effective antidote to debilitating performance anxiety, increasing one's emotional security by providing a physical and musical basis for it. By filling in a missing link between intention and physical execution, this book truly aims to advance the "craft of piano playing".

Revised 2nd Edition
(Scarecrow Press, October 2011)

$68.75 (hardcover)

$44.95 (softcover)

€51.45 (hardcover)

€33.75 (softcover)

  • New, updated material
  • New Table of Contents with three levels of organization: summary, standard and detailed
  • Learning modules link book chapters to relevant DVD chapters.

"astoundingly profound knowledge of body movement and structure..."

ISSTIP Journal, UK

"a formidable and insightful volume on piano technique..."

American Music Teacher USA

"delivered with wit, charm, and a strong clarity of intention"

ISSTIP Journal, UK