Proper Technique

One of my pet peeves is when I listen to a transfer student play and they do not check their bench or sitting position.  Also, they do not understand anything about the forearm and hand position. I think that I react because I had less than stellar training when young and it took years to change my technique.  I am a stickler about students learning how to play correctly, and they know it!

Nowadays, no one should practice for 8-10 hours a day. The facile playing of scales up and down the keyboard was to build the fingering and patterns into the hands. I would rather a student learn key principles of rotation, in and out, drop-lift and basic Taubman and Entrada principles. All of this I teach in small amounts to my students and I have seen tremendous benefit versus heavy technical practice.

In my next blog entry I will go further into my scale practice.

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