The First Principles Of Pianoforte Playing

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DIRECTIONS FOR LEARNERS.                             25
must leave the key free to rebound; it is not enough to let it come back leisurely, it must be left free to bounce back.
i) Natural Legato is easily obtained when you attend to these laws of Agility and Staccato. A little more Resting-weight than for Staccato, is all that is required.
j) Meanwhile, for Evenness and Smoothness, remember the constant application of the changes in the state of the Fore­arm, rotarily—and the necessity of lateral freedom of the hand and wrist.
k) Do not fail to practise the Muscular-tests every day, so long as you mean to keep in playing "form."
a): Tone can only be obtained through Key-speed.
b): Beauty of tone through gradual production of the required key-speed.
c): Ability to create key-speed—and String-speed—ceases the moment sound is reached.
d): Key-descent (in its crescendo of force) must be guided to its climax at that point by the Ear.
e): The amount of force must be judged through the Mus­cular-sense from key-resistance itself.
f): Attention must be given through the muscular-sense to Key-resistance, and through the ear to Sound-beginning.
g): Key-resistance is realised through the act of Resting, either in its Legato or Staccato form.
Sound-beginning must be definitely timed, and is thus made to agree with the Time (and Tone) felt to be musically due; and this timing thus forms the union between Conception and Execution.
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