The First Principles Of Pianoforte Playing

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PREFACE.                                            33
positional aspect of the subject—the postures and movements which must, or may, accompany correct key-treatment. Each of these practical Parts consists first of a Preamble, giving- a general idea of the matter to be dealt with, followed by a num­ber of chapters, providing explanatory details; each of these chapters being followed by a Eecapitulation, and each of the Parts again by a Summary ; the concluding chapter of the work, moreover, giving a Glossary of the whole. A system of Notes accompanies the text, and Appendices, which follow each Part, give further opportunity for detailed instruction.
In this way, the close enquirer may obtain full information in the chapters, while the less advanced student can be re­ferred to these Recapitulatories and Summaries. These, in fact, form a work complete in itself,—a digest or extract, de­signed for school use.               This Digest or Extract, is in­tended for publication in a separate form later on, to render it more easily available for such purpose.
The work, it will be seen, is entirely explanatory. It has nothing to do with any particular system of exercises or stud­ies, etc.              The Student can apply its teachings at any stage of his progress, since it applies in all cases, whatever the system of teaching or exercises adopted in other respects. The Artist can learn from it the reason of his greater or lesser success technically, and how further to improve his powers of Expression.              The Teacher will find it useful at every step ; and finally the Critic can find in it a basis for his technical opinions.
This work may presently be followed by an extra Part— Part V, giving certain exercises for acquiring Muscular-dis­crimination, which have been found useful in direct teaching.
Coming now to the end of the years of labour expended on this little volume, the late Professor Tyndall's words recur
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