Category Archives: Piano Technique

Piano Technique: Commentary on Hanon, Cortot, Czerny, etc.

Myth #1. Great piano technique is achieved by making your fingers stronger, faster, and more independent. Myth #2. You can make your fingers stronger, faster, and more independent by putting in countless hours of special physical exercises, day after day … Continue reading

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Piano Technique: Mental or Physical?

Practice and Exercise are two different behaviors with two very different goals:

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Piano Technique: The Development Process

“Great piano technique does not develop from mindless repetition. Great technique develops from mindful experimentation.” – fjpeter

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Piano Technique: Myth & Reality

Myth: Great Piano Technique is a very rare and special talent. You either have it or you don’t.

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Piano Technique: Fingering: Fingering Revisited

Good fingering and good technique are inseparable, but “good fingering” is so much more than just knowing which finger goes on which key. If you want to take your playing to the next level, you must appreciate two other important … Continue reading

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Piano Technique: Fingering: Right Hand Fingering Patterns: Major Scales

Using the Major Scale as an example, enjoy this fresh approach for simplifying the way we think about Scale Fingering. By taking advantage of large-scale patterns and not by getting bogged down in the details, we are going to eliminate the … Continue reading

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Piano Technique:Fingering: Finger Numbers

The standard convention for communicating Fingering in written music is to number your fingers 1 through 5, as shown below:

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Piano Technique: Fingering: Fingering Principles

Fingering Principle #1 Good fingering is easy fingering!

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Study Aid Upload: Piano Technique: Fingering Charts: Minor Triad Arpeggios

Downloadable PDF showing finger choice and placement over two octaves in both hands, keyboard view… Fingering Charts: Minor Triad Arpeggios, Two Octaves

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Study Aid Upload: Piano Technique: Fingering Charts: Major Triad Arpeggios

Downloadable PDF showing finger choice and placement over two octaves in both hands, keyboard view… Fingering Charts: Major Triad Arpeggios, Two Octaves

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