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. Micro-Lessons

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

Study Aids