Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Piano Mastery Talks - Reading Together - Adele aus der Ohe


"There is so much practice which can be done away from the instrument, by reading the notes from the printed page and thinking about them."
(page 103, Kindle Edition)

"There are so many legitimate positions, each hand is a separate study, and is apt to take the position most natural to itself."
(page 104, Kindle Edition)

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Piano Mastery Talks - Reading Together - Busoni


Since this chapter focused on the home studio of Ferruccio Busoni, I thought it might be fun to highlight some studio ideas.

Artistic display of upright piano and guitars.

Music note wall clock.

A piano stair case.

Musical wall paper.

Gorgeous music room with fireplace and bookcases.

Unique way to display guitars.

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Piano Mastery Talks - Reading Together - Hughes


"Pupils should be made to listen, by means of a special course in tone production, which should go hand in hand with the technical exercises used at the very beginning. Otherwise they imagine they are making music when they place the printed page on the rack, and set the correct keys in motion."
(page 96, Kindle Edition)

"To those who study with me I say, you must try various methods of memorizing; there is no universal way; each must find out by experiment which is most suited to his individual case."
(page 98, Kindle Edition)

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Piano Mastery Talks - Reading Together - Burnham


"I make a great distinction between the coloratura touch and the melody touch. The first is for rapid, brilliant passage work, sparkling, glittering, iridescent—what you will—but cold. It is made, as I said, with arched hand and raised finger action. Melody touch expresses warmth and feeling; is from the heart."
(page 90, Kindle Edition)

"Music should express color."
(page 93, Kindle Edition)

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Piano Mastery Talks - Reading Together - Pugno


"As the ear is of such prime importance in music, great attention should be paid to tone study—to listening to and distinguishing the various sounds, and to singing them if possible, in solfeggio."
(page 83, Kindle Edition)

"Hear all the music you can—do not miss any of the pianists either good or bad; there is always something to be learned, even from a poor player—if it is only what to avoid!"
(page 87, Kindle Edition)

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