Shirley Smith Kirsten

Piano Technique: A styled staccato with a dipping wrist

I find that adding supple wrist dips to staccato within any dynamic range helps to style and shape lines, phrases, etc.

Here’s it’s first executed within a scale framework. A cat cameo appearance is the opener.

Now a sample of shaped staccato in the soft range, played after a nicely contoured legato. (just snip it out) This is preceded by a direct forearm staccato example.

Basically, staccato can be expressed in many shapes and forms depending upon what the music dictates.

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