Playing the piano like a singer

The J.C. Bach Prelude in A minor begs for a fluid “singing” tone through its progression of rolled out broken chords that have a melodic thread fleshed out by finger 5. Rounding out these uppermost destination notes is a challenge because it’s easy to fall down hard on them with pencil point attacks instead of emulating a soprano, who will infuse a perfect breath into them.

As pianists, we can become singers, if we choose, planning an approach that bridges our distance from the strings.

That’s why singing and internalizing the shapes of phrases is an essential ingredient of practicing.
It crystallizes what we want to hear before we set our fingers to play.

Choreography of fingers, wrists and arms, therefore, must be an outflow of what we sing, which makes it a good departure point.

In the lesson below, the student and I worked in this universe of song and its expression at the keyboard with rolling and rotational movements that produced desirable phrase contouring.

JC Bach p1

JC Bach p. 2

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: OR or at FACEBOOK: Shirley Smith Kirsten, /shirley.kirsten TWITTER: Private fund-raising for non-profits as pianist--Public Speaking re: piano teaching and creative approaches
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