Great Piano Technique is a very rare and special talent.
You either have it or you don’t.
Great Piano Technique is a very learn-able skill,
available to anyone who is willing to study the correct way.
Great Piano Technique is not about building speed, strength, endurance, and independence of your fingers by hours and months and years of grueling workouts… by practicing scales, arpeggios, and other physical exercises. Great technique is about developing the natural coordination of your fingers, hands, arms, and entire body… by studying how your body works, how the piano works, and how your body and the piano work together.
The development of your technique will be fun and easy if you establish the proper mindset about the process and proper expectations about your goals:
- It only takes the coordination of a small number of simple movements to play any musical pattern with ease and confidence. The music will suggest which body parts to use and how to use them.
- Playing the piano should never feel tense and it should never, ever hurt. Any awkwardness or tension or discomfort is an invitation to stop and re-evaluate. It is an invitation to experiment until you find an easier way… that works with your natural capabilities.
- The goal of studying technique is fluid choreography, not machine-like precision.
- Even very small adjustments in how you position and move your body can absolutely liberate your technique. Some of these adjustments may be so small that you may not be able to see them, but you will feel the freedom they create — in your body and in the music you make.
- When you are playing well, it won’t just feel good. It will look good and sound good. These three things are inseparable.