Piano Technique


How to use your brain and move your body in a way that enables you to play the piano with natural ease and artistry…

  1. Piano Technique: General Principles
  2. Body Awareness Training
  3. Play Like an Artist!
  4. Piano Technique: Micro-Lessons
  5. Introduction to Musical Mind
  6. Introduction to Musical Phrasing
  7. Proprioception & Visualization
  8. Commentary on Hanon, etc.
  9. Muscle Memory
  10. Fingering Principles / Finger Numbers / Fingering Revisited
  11. Keyboard Layout: The Four “Middles”
  12. Prepared or Unprepared Attack?
  13. The Black Keys
  14. Up & Down, a Lesson in Legato
  15. Chunking & Continuity
  16. Circular Playing
  17. “Inside” a Single Note
  18. Connect the Dots

In the Works

NOTE: Frank is in the process of reproducing or producing lessons on the following topics. Please let him know if there is something in particular that YOU are interested in so that he might prioritize which lessons come first.

  1. Play Something!
  2. Choreography
  3. Six Degrees of Freedom, Horizontal Key Depth, Vertical Key Depth
  4. Music As Language
  5. A Computer Analogy (Programming)
  6. Gravity, Weight, Release, Gesture
  7. Five Articulations (Legato, Staccato, Tenuto, Portato, Accent)
  8. Lazy Thumbs
  9. Tactile Feedback
  10. Vertical Chunking (No Flams)
  11. Horizontal Chunking
  12. Momentum (Preparation)
  13. Crossovers
  14. Think Thumbs
  15. Sticky Fingers
  16. Skips
  17. Slow Chords (Thrust)
  18. Single Sustained Notes
  19. Slow Repeated Notes
  20. Fast Repeated Notes (Do You Change Fingers on Repeated Notes?)
  21. Single Sustained Chords
  22. Slow Repeated Chords
  23. Fast Repeated Chords
  24. Two Note Slurs
  25. Push Offs
  26. Alberti Bass (Mozart Sonata in C)
  27. Getting There
  28. “Fast” Versus “Slow” Playing
  29. Skips
  30. Slow Arpeggios
  31. Fast Arpeggios
  32. Chromatic Scales (Maybe I’m Amazed”)
  33. Grace Notes
  34. High & Low Registers
  35. Left-Right Integration?/Five Note Left-Right Independence Studies?
  36. Octaves Made Easy
  37. Trills, Tremolos, Reversals, Rocking Motions
  38. Breathe!
  39. Top Notes
  40. Bottom Notes
  41. Play It Like You Mean It!
  42. Starting a Piece (“lift”)
  43. Ending a Piece

Fingering Charts

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