The First Principles Of Pianoforte Playing

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EXTRACT.
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FINAL SUMMARY
OF SOME OF THE MAIN TECHNICAL POINTS TO BE INSISTED UPON IN TEACHING OURSELVES AND OTHERS.1
I.  We must remember : how sound can only be made through key-movement; and how beauty of tone can only be obtained by insisting upon the gradual depression (gradual propulsion) of each key; and how we must listen for the beginning of each sound, if we would accurately " aim " the efforts by which we intend to produce it.
II.  We must remember : how Touch consists of the two ele­ments, the Resting and the Added-impetus ; how the one is con­tinuous and the other not only dis-continuous, but always as short-lived as in Staccatissimo.           How the act of touch is muscularly mainly built up of the three components, Finger and Hand exertion, versus Arm-weight, etc., and why we must there­fore always feel the act of touch as one of leverage upwards. How these components can be combined into three main species of Touch-formation, of which the third offers us the two great distinctions between Weight and Muscularly-initiated touch, with the consequent divergences in Quality of tone ; and how Quality is further influenced by the opposite Arm-and-finger conditions re­spectively termed Clinging and Thrusting.           How Weight must be ceased automatically, and how this also applies to the act of transferring weight in Legato. Also the great im­portance of insisting upon the Rotary-adjustments of the fore­arm ; and how the doctrine of Ease implies perfect freedom from contrary-exertion in all the movements and actions required, in­cluding those horizontal ones of the Hand and Wrist.
1 These last Summaries are useless, unless the preceding portions of this work have been studied.
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