The First Principles Of Pianoforte Playing

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ON KEY-CONTACT.
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h) : Contact, and subsequent key-treatment, must be modified according to the softness or hardness of the hammer; a soft hammer requires more " driving " for the brilliant effects, while a harder hammer requires greater elasticity in the limb itself for the sympathetic effects.
i): Every key should be reached from as great a distance as conveniently possible; this so, that the movement towards (and with the key) may be as free as possible; and so that we can the better individualise each finger in the quicker passages.
j): Amplitude in preparatory movement must not be insisted upon in very rapid passages, as it may lead to stiffening, and worse—even muscular damage.
k): Proper Contact with the key, is the first step towards Accuracy in Expression.
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