“I don’t care” means letting go to bigger physical energies

While most traditional piano lessons include a tedious focus on CONTROL with premeditated, prescribed planning in a layered learning sequence, a hyper-methodical approach that aims for note-perfection, will often impede a liberated, whole arm gesture that can emancipate boxed-in, tight-squeezed playing. (Once activation of uninhibited physical energy is harnessed, then centering is easier to achieve while preserving projection and accuracy.)

To this effect, the very idea of LETTING GO and NOT CARING, framed simply as a self-directed, “I don’t care,” is enough of an auto-suggestion to prod a student to loosen up and throw fate to the wind.

One of my most influential teachers, Ena Bronstein, demonstrated the unthinkable when I briefly studied with her in Central California.

Here’s what she recommended in order to unshackle my playing of its inordinate constraints that naturally trickled down in an advice-giving format to one of my students. (Incidentally, Maestra Bronstein was a protege of Claudio Arrau and his assistant, Rafael De Silva)

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In summary, stretching pedagogical boundaries to allow for the funneling of spontaneous epiphanies into the learning environment, (though sometimes defying convention), can positively increase freedom of motion and musical expression. And what might seem to be in opposition to sound teaching, is frequently quite the opposite.

LINK:

Shaking out Bach Ornaments and the Influence of Claudio Arrau

https://arioso7.wordpress.com/2016/03/24/piano-technique-shaking-out-bach-ornaments-and-the-influence-of-claudio-arrau/

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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  4. Sandra lovatt says:

    My ex husband has asked me to email to see if you have a video with the music of flight of the bumblebee or sheet of music with the fingering on he could buy please as he’s trying to master it thanks in anticipation

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