The First Principles Of Pianoforte Playing

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72                  KEY-TREATMENT ; MUSCULAR ASPECT.
TABLE
OF THE MAIN MENTAL-MUSCULAR DISCRIMINATIONS REQUIRED TO ENABLE US TO FULFIL THE CONDITIONS OF ACTION AND IN­ACTION EMPLOYED DURING THE ACT OF TOUCH.
I.  Ability independently to leave laxunsupported by their respective fnuscles :
a)  The Hand,         *\ so that we shall be able to set free their
b)  The Fore-arm, I Weight as required, independently of
c)   The Upper-arm, any downward exertion of the finger or .d) The SJioulder, ) hand.1
II.  Isolation of the Finger's down-activity {or cxertimi) from that of the Hand—ability to exert the finger against the key, independently of any exertion downwards of the hand.2
III.  Isolation of the Hands down-activity from that of the Arm—ability to exert the hand downwards behind the fingers upon the keys, even to its fullest extent, without permitting any down-activity of the Arm.3
IV.  Freedom of the Finger's action—isolation of the finger's down-exertion from its opposite exertion—freeing the finger's down-exertion from the upward one.4
V.  Freedom of the Hand's action—isolation of the hand's down-exertion from the upward one.5
VI.  Discrimination between the Thrusting and the Clinging application of the Finger against the key—with its correlated alternative, either of forward-supported or lax-left Elbow and Upper-arm.6
VII.  Freedom in the rotary-adjustments of the Fore-arm
r—a) ability to leave the fore-arm lax in a tilting direction towards either side of the hand,—both fifth-finger and thumb sides.
—b) ability to exert the fore-arm rotarily in either of these
> directions.7
• g§ 2, 3, 4, 6, 7,22.                      * % 23, also last chapter.
• § 6, etc.                                      * S 23, also last chapter.
• § 6, etc.                                      • §§ 12-15, also last chapter.
'§31. These references apply to Chapter XVII. of " The Act of Touch."
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