Piano Technique: Spring forward wrist/bounce motions applied to the piano repertoire (Videos)

I use Edna-Mae Burnham’s Dozen a Day exercises with my adult students because of their application to the piano literature. Naturally, pupils transpose these warm-ups to all Major and minor keys around the Circle of Fifths though these short romps are written within the scope of five-finger positions.

A particular favorite is “HOPPING” (in staccato) which I have students play first in quarter notes with a wrist spring forward motion for each impulse, followed by their playing the same warm-up in 8th notes, where the wrist springs forward for the first 8th, and bounces like a rebound effect into the second.

Spring forward wrist then bounce

This very motion, when mastered, is perfectly applied to the bass line of Tchaikovsky’s NEW DOLL from his Op. 39 Album for the Young, and in the video attached, I demonstrate its pertinence and transference.

(Nearly every day, I set a goal to be a quick but thorough study, “reading” through new material, and affording myself opportunities to transpose.)

I recommend the same for my students.

Play through NEW DOLL

P. 1 of “NEW DOLL,” by Tchaikovsky, Op. 39 (An excerpt from Rada Bukhman’s collection, The Magic Link, Piano Albums by Schumann and Tchaikovsky)
New Doll p. 1



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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