The First Principles Of Pianoforte Playing

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On Position.
The Details of Position.
Most of the details of Position have already been fully dealt with in Part III., under the aspect of muscular action and inaction. In addition, it has been pointed out in the last chapter, that there are certain of these details of Position that require careful watching.           For the sake of completeness,
however, it is now desirable to go over the whole ground from its positional aspect. In doing this, we must not forget, that correct Position should be but the natural result of the fulfil­ment of the exact muscular-conditions required by correct Key-treatment, and that we must beware of falling into the error of regarding Position, itself, as the cause of correct touch.
Understanding then thoroughly, that correct position is no guarantee whatever that the essential muscular-conditions are being satisfactorily promoted, and that the subject of Position is only important in so far, that inaccuracy in this re­spect does render it more difficult to provide these correct conditions, the fact nevertheless remains that the study of Po­sition is indeed important, although not so important as has been popularly supposed, and although it is certainly not one of those "short cuts" to the top of Mount Parnassus, so be­loved of the amateur reasoner.
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