Fundamentals of Piano Practice
By Chuang C. Chang / Henrik Pantle
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You can learn piano up to 1000 times faster (!) compared to other methods. This is the first book ever written on how to practice at the piano. For hundreds of years, many teachers and other books taught you what techniques to acquire, but that is of little use unless you know how to acquire them quickly, as Mozart, Liszt, etc., did.
||FoPP 033 1.II.25 Hands Together and Mental Play||We can finally start putting the hands together (HT)! Some students encounter the most difficulties here, especially in the first few years of piano lessons. ...||10/26/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 032 1.II.24 Soft Pedal, Hammer Voicing and Physics of the Piano Sound||Grand pianos: The soft pedal is used to change the mood of the sound from percussive to more serene and gentle when the soft pedal ...||10/3/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 031 1.II.23 Damper Pedal||Practice any new piece without the pedal HS, then HT, until you can play it comfortably HT at final speed. This is a critically important ...||9/26/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 030 1.II.22 Bad Habits: A Pianist’s Worst Enemy||Bad habits are the worst time-wasters in piano practice. Most bad habits are caused by stress from practicing pieces HT, that are too difficult. Many ...||9/19/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 029 1.II.21 Building Endurance, Breathing||"Endurance" is a controversial term in piano practice. This controversy originates from the fact that piano playing requires control, not muscle power, and many students ...||9/12/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP Summer-Break 07||Hello, this is Henrik from Berlin, Germany. I just want to tell you, that I’m going to have my summer-break until the end of August. I ...||7/13/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 028 1.II.20 Weak Left Hand; Using One Hand to Teach the Other||Students who do not practice HS will always have a stronger RH than LH. This happens because the RH passages are generally more difficult, technically ...||7/5/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 027 1.II.19 Accurate Tempo and the Metronome||Start all pieces by counting carefully, especially for beginners and youngsters. Children should be taught to count out loud because that is the only way ...||6/28/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 026 1.II.18 Fingering||You usually won't go wrong by using the fingering marked on the music. Or, rather, if you don't follow the indicated fingering, you will probably ...||6/21/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 025 1.II.17 Importance of Slow Play||Having pointed out the dangers of slow play, we now discuss why slow play is indispensable. Always end a practice session by playing slowly at ...||6/14/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 024 1.II.16 Dangers of Slow Play - Pitfalls of the Intuitive Method||Repetitive slow play can be harmful when starting a new piece. We stated in section II.1 that playing slowly, and gradually ramping up the speed, ...||6/7/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 023 1.II.15 Post Practice Improvement (PPI)||There is only a certain amount of improvement you can expect during practice at one sitting, because there are two ways in which you improve. ...||5/31/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 022 1.II.14 How to Relax||The most important thing to do as you get up to speed is to relax. Relaxing means that you use only those muscles that are ...||5/24/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 021 1.II.13 Velocity, Choice of Practice Speed||Get up to speed as quickly as possible. Remember, we are still practicing HS ... http://www.pianofundamentals.com/book/en/1.II.13 Could anybody write a custumer review in his/her country's iTunes Store? ...||5/10/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 020 1.II.12 Learning, Memorizing, Mental Play||There is no faster way of memorizing than to memorize when you are first learning a piece and, for a difficult piece, there is no ...||5/3/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 019 1.II.11 Parallel Sets||Now that the LH CEG chord is satisfactory, try to switch suddenly from the chord to the quadruplet at several different bounce frequencies. You will ...||4/26/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 018 1.II.10 Gravity Drop, Chord Practice, and Relaxation||Learning to play accurate chords is the first step in applying the chord attack ... http://www.pianofundamentals.com/book/en/1.II.10||4/19/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 017 1.II.9 The Chord Attack||Suppose that you want to play the (LH) "do-so-mi-so" quadruplet (“Alberti accompaniment”) many times in succession, very fast (as in the 3rd movement of Beethoven's ...||3/29/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 016 1.II.8 The Continuity Rule||When practicing one segment, always include the beginning of the following segment. This continuity rule ensures ... http://www.pianofundamentals.com/book/en/1.II.8||3/22/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 015 1.II.7 Hands Separate Practice: Acquiring Technique||Essentially 100% of technique development is accomplished by practicing hands separately (HS). Do not try to develop finger/hand technique hands together (HT) ... http://www.pianofundamentals.com/book/en/1.II.7||3/15/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 014 1.II.6 Shortening Difficult Passages: Segmental (Bar-by-Bar) Practice||A most important learning trick is to choose a short practice segment. This trick has perhaps the largest effect on reducing the practice time because ...||3/8/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 013 1.II.5 Practice the Most Difficult Sections First||Returning to Fur Elise, there are two difficult sections with 16 and 23 bars. Start by practicing the most difficult sections first.These will take the ...||3/1/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 012 1.II.4 Starting a Piece||Starting a Piece: Listening and Analysis (Fur Elise) http://www.pianofundamentals.com/book/en/1.II.4||2/22/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 011 1.II.3 Bench Height and Distance from Piano||The right height of the bench and its distance from the piano is also very much a matter of personal taste. A good starting point ...||2/15/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 010 1.II.2.Finger Positions||Everyone seems to have her/is own ideas about finger positions, so it is clear that there are no rigid rules. The only guidance is that ...||2/8/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 009 1.II.1.The Practice Routine||Many students use the following practice routine ... EVERY STEP OF THIS PROCEDURE IS WRONG! Note that the above practice routine is an "intuitive" method. We describe the ...||2/1/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 008 1.I.4. Basic Approach, Interpretation, Musical Training, Perfect Pitch||Teachers play a critical role in showing students how to play and practice musically. ...||1/25/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 007 1.I.3. Technique, Music and Mental Play||Although it is not easy to define music precisely, we can discuss how to play musically, as done througout this book. ... http://fopp.henrik-pantle.de/ http://www.pianofundamentals.com||1/18/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 006 1.I.2. What is Piano Technique?||We must understand what technique means because not understanding technique leads to incorrect practice methods. ...||1/11/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 005 1.I.1.Objective||The objective of this book is to present the best known mehtods for practicing piano. ...||1/4/07||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 004 Preface4of4||There is an intimate relationship between music and mathemathics. ... Acknowledgement This book is dedicated to my wife Merry, whose love, support, and boundless energy is what ...||12/28/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 003 Preface3of4||Most of this book deals with one important point -- namely, that the best piano practice methods are surprisingly counter-intuitive ...||12/21/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 002 Preface2of4||Why are these practice methods so revolutionary? For detailed answers ...||12/14/06||Free||View In iTunes|
||FoPP 001 Preface1of4||This is the first book ever written on how to practice at the piano! ...||12/7/06||Free||View In iTunes|
This is the best!
I downloaded every episode immediately once I saw this. I have read through some of Chuang C. Chang's work before, which is extremely thorough and amazingly helpful. These "Fundamentals of Piano Practice" are pure and solid gold. I just threw them on my iPod while I went and did some errands, but listening quite intently. I went and immediately applied as many of the tips as I could remember in my practice within the next few hours and found fantastic results. I had greatly reduced the stress and tension I have when I practice and play, and found that by doing some of theses techniques, I feel I got 150% out of my practice routine. Having all of these tips at your disposal in your pocket, with earphones really helps to hammer them home. Chuang C. Chang's advice is marvelous, just marvelous - and Henrik Pantle's reading brings them to life. Even if you play piano professionally, these tips will change your playing. I promise.
Chang's great book for when I'm driving.
Chang's book has really made a huge difference in my playing (this from someone who's been at it for more than 50 years). The book's available for free download (do the search) and has been translated into other languages. Henrik's audio version is well-done and gives another way of taking in a lot of great information. Especially useful when I'm commuting in the car. Thanks to Chuang and to Henrik!!
This is the GREATEST.
At first I was hesitant, because I usually only like videocasts BUT this audiocast is perfect for my hobby of playing the keyboard and piano. The short tips on how to better practice and techniques are great. This is the best audio or video podcast I have found on learning piano for beginners to advanced.
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