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This little work is issued to render the teachings of "The Act of Touch" better available for the School-room and Classroom, and as a Text-book for Examinations. It is intended as an Introduction to the subject. The supreme importance of early training in this subject— the mechanism of playing—need not be further dilated upon here, since it has been proved that Agility itself, and all those contrasts of Tone and Duration which enable us musically to express ourselves through the Pianoforte, depend immediately on the proper fulfilment of the laws of Touch, the polemics of which have been amply dealt with in "The Act of Touch." This "Introduction" consists of the promised "Extract" from the original work, from which I have drawn the Preface and a selection from its Recapitulatories and Summaries. To these selections I have added two new and important Chapters : "Advice to Teachers and Self-teachers," and "Directions and Definitions for Learners." This last Chapter roughly covers the whole ground. It is intended for those beginning the study of Touch, and I have endeavoured to couch it in language simple enough to fit it even for children. Its study—accompanied by constant experiment at the keyboard—should be followed by the perusal of the "Extract"; taking this in the following order: (1) the final Summary and Conclusion; (2) the Summaries of the four Parts; and (3) the Recapitulatories of the Chapters of each of these Parts. Constant reference to the "Directions for Learners" should accompany subsequent Practice. Students sufficiently earnest and intelligent to desire more detailed information should follow this, by study of the "Advice to Teachers," and of "The Act of Touch" itself; first referring to the "Contents" of its Chapters, and finally to the text of these. The flattering reception accorded to the parent work leads me to hope that this, its offspring, may prove even more directly helpful alike to Teacher and Pupil. The promised extra Part, "Relaxation—Exercises in Muscular-discrimination," is also in preparation. The second Edition is a reprint of the first, except that some slight misprints have been corrected, and some additions made to pages 1, 126, 129, etc.
The First Principles Of Pianoforte Playing, Partial Index
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|Title Page Copyright Notice PREFACE PREFACE CONTENTS CONTENTS DIRECTIONS AND DEFINITIONS FOR LEARNERS - 0101.htm Page - 0102.htm Page - 0103.htm Page - 0104.htm Page - 0105.htm Page - 0106.htm Page - 0107.htm Page - 0108.htm Page - 0109.htm Page - 0110.htm Page - 0111.htm Page - 0112.htm Page - 0113.htm Page - 0114.htm Page - 0115.htm Page - 0116.htm Page - 0117.htm Page - 0118.htm Page - 0119.htm Page - 0120.htm Page - 0121.htm Page - 0122.htm Page - 0123.htm General Directions (Summary) - 0124.htm Summary —Reminder of Main Points - 0125.htm Page - 0126.htm Page - 0127.htm Preface - 0129.htm Page - 0130.htm Page - 0131.htm Page - 0132.htm Page - 0133.htm Summary of Part I: The Act of Playing - 0134.htm Note: On Listening - 0135.htm Note: On Rhythm - 0136.htm Note: Piano-talent, Note: As to Self-consciousness and Nervousness - 0137.htm Page - 0138.htm Page - 0139.htm Recapitulatory of Chapter VIII: The Instrument - 0141.htm Fig. 1: Diagram of Pianoforte Action - 0142.htm Page - 0143.htm Recapitulatory of Chapter IX: On Sound - 0144.htm Recapitulatory of Chapter X: The String, Fig. 2: Pendulum Oscillations - 0145.htm Note: On Pedalling - 0146.htm Recapitulatory of Chapter XI: The Key, Fig. 3: Diagram Illustrating Key-Levbrage - 0147.htm Fig. 4: Diagram Illustrating Sudden and Gradual Key-Depression - 0148.htm Page - 0149.htm Summary of Part II - 0150.htm Page - 0151.htm Page - 0153.htm Muscle - 0155.htm Recapitulatory of Chapter XIV: On Key-Contact - 0156.htm Page - 0157.htm and Aaded-Impetus. - 0158.htm Page - 0159.htm Page - 0160.htm Table of the Two Concepts - 0161.htm Recapitulatory of Chapter XVI: The Limbs Employed - 0162.htm Figs. 6 and 7: Illustration and Description of Thrusting and Clinging Finger - 0163.htm Page - 0164.htm Recapitulatory of Chapter XVII: The Required Actions and In-actions - 0165.htm Page - 0166.htm Page - 0167.htm Page - 0168.htm Page - 0169.htm Page - 0170.htm Page - 0171.htm Table of Required Muscular-Discriminations - 0172.htm Page - 0173.htm Figs. 8 and 9; The Muscular-Tendencies During Flat and Bent Finger-Methods, Respectively - 0174.htm Fig. 11: Faulty Action in Two Front Phalanges of Finger, Note: The Staccatissimo - 0175.htm Note: The Nature of Glissando - 0176.htm Recapitulatory of Chapter XVIII: The Three Chief Muscular Tests - 0177.htm Page - 0178.htm Recapitulatory of Chapter XIX: The Three Species of Touch-formation - 0179.htm Page - 0180.htm Page - 0181.htm Page - 0182.htm Page - 0183.htm Table Showing Relationship Between Species of Touch, Movement, and the Resting - 0184.htm Recapitulatory (reduced) of Chapter XX: Enumeration and Classification of Touches - 0185.htm Page - 0186.htm Page - 0187.htm Table—Final Classification - 0188.htm Summary of Part III - 0189.htm Page - 0190.htm Page - 0191.htm Page - 0192.htm Page - 0193.htm Page - 0194.htm Page - 0195.htm Page - 0196.htm Page - 0197.htm Note: Exceptional Forms of Staccato and Legato - 0198.htm Note: Incorrect vs. Correct Finger-technique - 0199.htm Page - 0200.htm Page - 0201.htm Preamble - 0203.htm Recapitulatory of Part IV (Position) - 0204.htm Page - 0205.htm Page - 0206.htm Page - 0207.htm Page - 0208.htm Page - 0209.htm Page - 0210.htm Summary of Position - 0211.htm Position of Thumb, Flat-Finger Staccato, Correct Position of Thumb, Arm position - 0212.htm Conclusion: Glossary and Summary of the Main Teachings - 0213.htm Page - 0214.htm Page - 0215.htm Page - 0216.htm Page - 0217.htm Page - 0218.htm Final Summary of Extract - 0219.htm Page - 0220.htm ADVICE TO TEACHERS AND SELF-TEACHERS - 0221.htm Page - 0222.htm Page - 0223.htm Page - 0224.htm Page - 0225.htm Page - 0226.htm Page - 0227.htm Summary of Main Points to be Insisted Upon whilst Teaching - 0228.htm Lagato First, or Staccato? - 0229.htm Page - 0230.htm Page - 0231.htm|