The First Principles Of Pianoforte Playing

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           i): During: the process of learning; the requisite
Muscular-habits (when we must of necessity pay at­tention to the muscular-details) we must not permit this to divert our attention from the instrument's requirements; these must always be kept supremely in view, and for the sake of the re­quired musical-effect.           That ist Muscular-action must only be thought of—and applied—for the purpose of fulfilling- the requirements of the key, and these again solely for the purpose of Musical-result.
2)  : The key's requirements vary according to each difference in sound-shading dictated by our musical sense. Accurate and musical Technique hence demands that our muscular-efforts must vary correspondingly.
3)  : We can only insure this correspondence by an unswerv­ing attention to the RESISTANCE the keys offer before and dur­ing descent. We must therefore constantly notice the " giving-way point" of the key, even in the case of our employing a con­siderable movement before reaching it.
4)  : Attention thus given through our resistance-sense, also enforces Musical-attention and intention; for we find ourselves compelled to refer to our musical-conscience, the moment we en­deavour to judge what should be done to each key.
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