techniques and the difficulties they pose are limited.
All of them could be listed on a single sheet of paper. For each technique
there is a particular working method—which
hides a small secret. When these secrets
are known, the desired results can be much more readily obtained. Any
person can master these techniques; none of these techniques require
enormous or exhausting efforts be expended. The knowledge of these small
secrets, as well as a proper training strategy
(with a maximum of 4 hours daily piano practice) together are sufficient
to learn how to play the piano well.
taught me a good strategy for working as an individual ; that is what
I teach to all my students of whatever age.
practice is much like that of the classical
ballet , where the final goal is the creation
of an artistic character, the creation of an
ambiance. To enliven this character through the body
or the fingers, it is necessary to control the muscles, to apply their
force, to maintain their flexibility, as well as to control the precision
and the speed of the muscular movements.
of piano technique is related to the interpretation’s
research. Of course, the interpretation, like an
expression of the musician’s interior world (his or her
feelings, emotions, moods, philosophy) is not possible if the muscles
are not well enough trained (see above).
students should not believe (false) promises that they will be able
to play without acquiring a real knowledge of music theory and without
real mastery of musical technique.