Piano Gym: Routines that build technique (Videos)

In the Olympiad era, bespectacled piano teachers and their students are assumed to be lockouts, pouring over eclectic music manuscripts in sheltered studios of higher learning. We’re viewed as eternal bench-warmers, leading sedentary lives; practicing archaic music for hours at a time in a monastic rhythm.

But these are missperceptions.

Most pianists are members of the piano gym club, training day in and day out to master complex motor movements and feats of coordination that rival the rigorous prep of elite Olympic athletes.

For example, try playing a perfectly smooth and sculpted A Major Scale in crisp soft staccato, without a note popping out among 64 ascending and descending in rapid speed.
Mental image assist: the “trampoline effect.”

Maybe it’s not the same as climbing a ski slope, and then heading downhill at 150 miles an hour, but just the same, tackling a scale or arpeggio at max tempo, can be more than a joy ride. It requires great physical and musical mastery. And that’s where you separate the men from the boys.

How about a hopping routine, with a zig/zag motion of the arms, that accelerates as the underlying beat is quickened.

In the Olympic spirit, I’ve showcased three lesson-in-progress snippets of an adult student notching up her technique in the space of 15 minutes. It’s a world’s record for her.

The enumerated challenges:

1) Playing fast, crisp staccato notes, 4 octaves up and down.

2) HOPPING in thirds, with a zig/zag motion of the arms.

3) Gliding through an A Major arpeggio before detaching the notes in brisk tempo.

LINKS:

From Chords to Gym and Back

http://arioso7.wordpress.com/2010/11/29/from-chords-to-gym-and-back-you-tube-video/

Piano Push-ups and Dead Weight:

http://arioso7.wordpress.com/2012/05/10/doing-piano-push-ups-to-feel-connected-and-dead-weighted-into-the-keys-the-b-minor-arpeggio-is-my-cardio-activating-springboard-video/

Piano, Performance and Gym Routines…

http://arioso7.wordpress.com/2011/11/27/piano-practicing-performance-and-gym-routines-always-reach-beyond-video-bach-invention-8-in-f/

Piano Workout Plus:

http://arioso7.wordpress.com/2013/01/06/piano-workout-plus-left-hand-development-tips-and-how-to-produce-a-woodpecker-staccato-videos/

About arioso7: Shirley Kirsten

International piano teacher by Skype, recording artist, composer, piano finder, freelance writer, film maker, story teller: Grad of the NYC HS of Performing Arts, Oberlin Conservatory, NYU (Master of Arts) Studies with Lillian Freundlich and Ena Bronstein; Master classes with Murray Perahia and Oxana Yablonskaya. Studios in BERKELEY and EL CERRITO, California; Member, Music Teachers Assoc. of California, MTAC; Distance learning and Skyped instruction with supplementary videos: SKYPE ID, shirleypiano1 Contact me at: shirley_kirsten@yahoo.com OR http://www.youtube.com/arioso7 or at FACEBOOK: Shirley Smith Kirsten, http://facebook.com /shirley.kirsten TWITTER: http://twitter.com/arioso7 Private fund-raising for non-profits as pianist--Public Speaking re: piano teaching and creative approaches
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