Piano Technique

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Here you are going to learn 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

In the Works

NOTE: Frank is in the process of producing and RE-producing videos on the following topics. Please let him know if there is something in particular that YOU are interested in so that he might priotize which leson come first.

  1. The Magic Compass
  2. Six Degrees of Freedom
  3. Choreography
  4. Music As Language
  5. A Computer Analogy (Programming)
  6. Practice Makes Permanent
  7. Motion is Lotion (never stop moving!)
  8. An Ounce of Prevention! (common, but very easy to fix mistakes!)
  9. Gravity, Weight, Release, Gesture
  10. The Finger Training Myth
  11. Commentary on Hanon, Cortot, Czerny, Whiteside, Taubman, etc.
  12. Fingering Principles/Finger Numbers/Fingering Revisited
  13. Keyboard Layout: Middle What?
  14. The Five Articulations (Legato, Staccato, Tenuto, Portato, Accent)
  15. The Black Keys
  16. Muscle Memory (combine four intelligences?)
  17. Proprioception & Visualization
  18. Tactile Feedback
  19. Vertical Chunking (Flams”)
  20. Horizontal Chunking
  21. Connect the Dots
  22. Lazy Thumbs
  23. Chunking & Continuity
  24. Momentum (Preparation)
  25. Crossovers
  26. Circular Playing
  27. Think Thumbs
  28. Sticky Fingers
  29. A Lesson in Legato
  30. Skips
  31. Slow Chords (Thrust)
  32. Depth
  33. Single Sustained Notes
  34. Slow Repeated Notes
  35. Fast Repeated Notes
  36. Do You Change Fingers on Repeated Notes?
  37. Slow Repeated Chords
  38. Single Sustained Chords
  39. Fast Repeated Chords
  40. Two Note Slurs
  41. Getting There
  42. Push Offs
  43. Horizontal Key Depth
  44. Vertical Key Depth
  45. Alberti Bass
  46. Accents
  47. Staccato
  48. Legato
  49. “Fast” Versus “Slow” Playing
  50. Skips
  51. Slow Arpeggios
  52. Fast Arpeggios
  53. Chromatic Scales (Maybe I’m Amazed”)
  54. Grace Notes
  55. High & Low Registers
  56. Prepared or Unprepared Attack?
  57. Left-Right Integration?/Five Note Left-Right Independence Studies?
  58. Octaves Made Easy
  59. Trills, Tremolos, Reversals, Rocking Motions
  60. Breathe!
  61. “Inside” a Single Note
  62. Top Notes
  63. Bottom Notes
  64. Play It Like You Mean It!
  65. Play Something!
  66. Starting a Piece (“lift”)
  67. Ending a Piece
  68. Visio-Spatial Keyboard Awareness: Major Triads

Study Aids