The First Principles Of Pianoforte Playing

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CONTENTS
PAGE
Preface
V
DIRECTIONS AND DEFINITIONS FOR LEARNERS
1
General Directions (Summary)
24
Summary Reminder of Main Points
25
EXTRACT FROM "THE ACT OF TOUCH."*
Part I:—Introductory.
Preface
29
Summary of Part I: "The Act of Playing"
34-35
Note: "On Listening"
35
Note: "On Rhythm"
36
Note: "Piano-talent"
37
Note: "As to Self-consciousness and Nervousness"
37
Part II:—Instrumental Aspect of Key-Treatment.
Recapitulatory of Chapter VIII: "The Instrument"
41
Fig. 1: Diagram of Pianoforte Action
42
Recapitulatory of Chapter IX: "On Sound"
44
Recapitulatory of Chapter X: "The String"
45
Fig. 2: Pendulum Oscillations
45
Note: "On Pedalling"
46
Recapitulatory of Chapter XI: "The Key"
47
Fig. 3: Diagram Illustrating Key-Levbrage
47
Fig. 4: Diagram Illustrating Sudden and Gradual Key-De­pression
48
Summary of Part II
50
Part III:—Muscular Aspect of Key-Treatment.
Recapitulatory of Chapter XIII: "The Link Between Key and
Muscle"
55
Recapitulatory of Chapter XIV: "On Key-Contact"
56
Recapitulatory of Chapter XV: "The Concepts of Resting
and Aaded-Impetus.
58
* N.B.—The page-references found in this " Extract " apply to "The A.ct of Touch."
vii
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