The Art of piano playing is about breathing and phrasing (Videos)

Over the years I’ve crystallized my thoughts about phrasing and breathing. I know that the pace of the breath and an ability to inhale deeply and relaxingly release air at various phrase intervals create beautiful lines. Music must breathe–notes cannot be crowded even in rapid succession. If the breath is flowing naturally, replenished by a wholesome intake of air to synchronize with cadences, resolutions, and even at the very beginning of a composition, expressive playing will be sustained. In addition, the supple flow of the wrists, with arms and elbows relaxed, complete the breathing ensemble. The breath underlies coordinated, graceful movement of the whole body as it merges with the music.

Singers rely on the breath and its control. The vocal model is certainly a reference for pianists.

Beginning students as young as 6 or 7, can scan poems that are set to music and “breathe” through them as a preliminary to playing a piece. Natural cadences of the voice and phrase shaping can be communicated through this activity. Singing illustrates how long the breath can be held, before it needs renewal. The teacher can therefore direct the student to natural breathing points from phrase to phrase by using verses before singing them.

In the first video, I explore my own sense of breathing and phrasing. In the second one, Irina Gorin, introduces a beginning student to phrasing by scanning and breathing through the words to a song in readiness for the study of a piece. She synchronizes a graceful supple wrist movement with each breath.

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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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