Piano Technique: A Legato to staccato arpeggio with “rolls and snips”

When playing a three-note (root, third, fifth) arpeggio over a spread of 3-4 octaves, the ROLLING motion that permeates a Legato rendering in triplets, can nicely snip into a buoyant staccato, if the arm, wrist and fingers are unimpeded by tension.

I’ve found the wrist, in particular, to be pivotal in sculpting a satisfying legato AND staccato. The rolling-in motion that ignites the very first three notes has a sustaining energy that culminates in a curve around at the peak note, rolling back to the tonic. (first note) A slightly lower wrist at the start might help produce the very first roll forward into a chain link of triplets making smooth and connected playing allied to a detached approach.

In a lesson-in-progress with an adult student, “roll” and “snip” cues wedded to fluid physical motions are explored and demonstrated. (A minor arpeggio–A-C-E-A, etc.)

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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