The First Principles Of Pianoforte Playing

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THE KEY.
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every-day existence are however found to be equally minutely graded, when we analyse them.
It is even possible (although extremely difficult) directly to grade key descent in this requisite manner by an exertion of the Will. This is however happily unnecessary, otherwise our Technique would for ever remain cum­brous and uncertain ; for we can, by supplying the requisite Muscular Con­ditions, encompass this end in quite a simple and reliable way, and it is thus that the effect of sympathetic-tone is wrought in actuality.                   By
in fact placing the various muscles belonging to the Finger, Hand and Arm in the requisite relationship to each portion of the limb and the key, we are able to apply energy through so elastic a medinm, that the desired gradation during key-descent" accomplishes itself almost automatically, and with corre­sponding certainty.
To enable us to provide these requisite muscular conditions, we must study key-treatment from its Muscular Aspect. This aspect of the study of Touch is dealt with in Part III. and the Parts that follow it.
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