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with Canadian pianist Alan Fraser

Are you happy with your piano technique?

Read on to discover new, original, practical &
proven solutions to your problems!

“…One student whom I have been working with for two years has totally collapsible hands. She is musical and creative and intelligent, but her playing has remained on a very intermediate level. Last week I had her doing the Craft of Piano Playing hand exercises, and lo and behold, a week later her hands are working properly and looking like those of a pianist! A miracle!”

                                      C. A., Professor of Piano and Department Chair, Hope, Michigan

 

Let’s start with a simple question: what are the three (more or less) things that cause you the most grief in your piano technique? What for you is the weak link in the chain? What would you most like to improve in your piano playing, and what new skills would you like most to acquire?

I’ve made up a check list below – take a moment now to note your own personal technical issues. When you’ve finished, submit your personal Piano Technique Improvement Wish List to our archive by hitting the Submit button – if you’d rather not participate in our survey, simply don’t hit the button and your data will disappear when you leave the page.

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I have known pianists who are indeed happy with their technique – but I can count them on the fingers of one hand! Most of us are eagerly, or dispiritedly, or desperately looking for that elusive innovation that would give us increased power and dexterity, better command over all the subtle intricacies of keyboard technique.

Do you feel frustrated at the lack of clear, concrete guidance towards the solution of your technical difficulties?

Imagine the last time you played in concert, or even at home for a family member or friend. Did you feel good, relaxed, confident, capable of making the music speak exactly as you wanted to? Or were you nervous – did paralyzing stage fright rob you of your creative power? Or was it technical insecurity and a painful sense of inadequate preparation that sabotaged your efforts? Did you really feel like you knew what you were doing?

Now picture yourself in your practice room, trying to make it better – you try to stay relaxed, but your fingers don’t obey you as they should. You invest more power, but the sound is harsh and aggressive, you feel tension developing in your arms. You try to resolve that by going slowly and patiently, building up speed gradually, using the weight of your arm to create beautiful tone, but you never seem to ‘get over the hump’ to the point where the passage really wings it, sounding glorious at full speed. Your hands simply don’t obey you as you wish they would. We can all relate to the familiar frustration of failed goals, elusive pianistic dreams…

Or are you basically happy with your technique as far as it goes?

Perhaps you are one of the lucky ones who received good technical training – and yet, have you really exhausted all your technical possibilities? What tantalizing uncharted ground have you yet to cover in your search for the ultimate piano technique?


Why haven’t you been able to improve these aspects of your piano technique up until now?

What are the greatest obstacles you deal with each day in your relationship to piano technique? Again, note the category or categories that apply to you and if you’d like to contribute to our archive, simply hit the Submit button…

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  • As a young man, I myself had teachers who didn’t give me much except the basics – and often not even that! Very early on I decided I would do everything I could to ensure other students needn’t suffer from the lacks I had experienced during my own pianistic development.

    Following in Dad's footsteps

    My father was Canada's first medical geneticist, a pioneer who helped lay the very foundation of human genetics and eventually received the Order of Canada. It was largely his example that inspired me as a pianist to make a contribution - I did my best to advance the science of piano technique.



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    Piano Magazine, UK

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    the body of thought found on his DVD…

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    Now imagine yourself once more alone with your piano, but instead of your tried-and-true practice habits that lead you down the road to limitation, you have a completely new means of sensing your hand’s innate structural power, and you are learning how to access that power and use it in your playing. You have a way to make your hand more functional.

     • Imagine yourself finally mastering those pieces you’ve always ached to play but never felt     you had the technique for.
     •Imagine yourself bringing new life, colour, energy and emotional intensity to the repertoire    you already play.
     • And think how you could improve not only your own playing, but also your ability to help your    students, empowering them to make the same remarkable gains.

              The good news is, there is a way:
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    • I developed Craft of Piano Method specifically to address the needs of pianists like yourself who are looking for new answers about technique.
    • I first used the Feldenkrais Method to gain new understanding of the human skeleton and the sophisticated neuromuscular system that controls it.
    • I then undertook a 20-year collaboration with virtuoso pianist Kemal Gekich, first analysing the underpinnings of his brilliant physical keyboard prowess and then creating a series of exercises to elevate the technique of ordinary pianists closer to his mind-boggling level of mastery.
    • And I took the results of my work out onto the concert platform, proving their effectiveness not only with my students, but also while meeting the intense, high-level demands of my own recital performances.
      “In a very short time The Craft of Piano Playing has already had a tremendous affect on my    playing. I feel more relaxed and lighter, and have started to develop a speed I would normally   think was not possible. I am delighted by your manner and the way you put the information    across – it is entertaining and presented with an ease that makes learning fun.”

                                                          A. W., composer & piano teacher, London, England

    When I wanted to distil my 35 years’ research and practical experience into a pedagogical regime, the first result was a book: The Craft of Piano Playing was published by Scarecrow Press in 2003 and received rave reviews in both Europe and America.

    The DVD version followed in 2006 and has been empowering pianists of all abilities, both young and old, worldwide ever since.

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    • free your hand from stress by accessing its innate, structural potency
    • teach your hand to move powerfully and accurately by honing skeletal alignments
    • maximize your hand’s potential instead of limiting its options to avoid injury
    • develop an intelligent hand,working with the actual sensations of the hand’s skeletal to cultivate “sensory-motor learning”
    • go beyond the finger action and arm weight schools by synthesizing the best elements of each
    • bring a wealth of physiological knowledge to the nuts & bolts of piano technique

    The Craft of Piano Playing doesn’t separate technique from musical issues but creates a powerful relationship between them that looks something like this:

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     “While The Craft of Piano Playing may at first appear to treat physical phenomena in isolation, its    whole raison d’etre is more eloquently to communicate the emotional, spiritual, philosophical and    dramatic content of the music we play.”


    Now imagine yourself once more alone with your piano, but instead of your tried-and-true practice habits leading you down the road to limitation, you have a completely new means of sensing your hand’s innate structural power, and you are learning how to access that power and use it in your playing. You’ve found a way to make your hand more functional. This is the promise of The Craft of Piano Playing.

    What are you going to do to boost your piano technique to a totally new level of ability?

    Imagine you’re on stage again, the hall is full, and your fear is gone: instead you feel excited, full of anticipation at the thought of touching that wonderful instrument and sharing the exquisite emotions of the great composers with a loving, receptive audience. You know you can do this: your hands feel charged, capable, ready for action. The feel of the instrument is responsive – be its action heavy or light, its sound brilliant or dull, it bends to your artistic vision and speaks with your voice. You are ready because the very sense of your hands has been developed to a new level of potency and skill. You radiate accomplishment – because The Craft of Piano Playing has led you there.

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    If you are still not convinced, I suggest you sign up for my Free Craft of Piano Playing 5-day Mini-email Course. Register here and within minutes you’ll find your first Craft of Piano lesson in your inbox, followed by another one daily for the next five days. If you do the exercises diligently you are sure to experience a further practical, tangible demonstration of the benefits of Craft of Piano Method, and I guarantee that even if you do nothing more than these five free lessons, your ability at the piano will be transformed.

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    The EPTA Journal of Great Britain says, “all pianists should buy The Craft of Piano Playing”, because no matter what technical level you’ve achieved, your playing will see a quantum leap in ability. We can say this with confidence because The Craft of Piano Playing shows how the hand works with unmistakable clarity and precision.

    My experience with hundreds of students of all levels worldwide has made it clear to me that the skills you acquire when you buy The Craft of Piano Playing will change your technique forever, giving you:

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      Who can benefit from The Craft of Piano Playing?

    The long and short of it is, YOU can. I am not going to give you a ‘hard sell’ and say that you absolutely must own this DVD. Let’s face it, you can indeed afford not to own The Craft of Piano Playing. You can go on playing at your level, patiently advancing your technique with the tools at your disposal, gaining a lot of pleasure and satisfaction along the way.

    But what more is possible? Why stay with the tried and true, the things we know and can count on? Where’s the hidden limitation in your piano playing that The Craft of Piano Playing promises to help you surpass?

    The fact of the matter is, the principles of physical movement in The Craft of Piano Playing apply to everyone and help literally all pianists:

     

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    ∙ jazz pianists
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    The Craft of Piano Playing even helps non-pianists as well, offering new, practical insights into hand function for computer operators and others with tendonitis.

    Find out just how The Craft of Piano Playing can empower pianists right across the board: watch the demo, take the 5-day email course, visit our Forum, and buy The Craft of Piano Playing. The more you think about the specific ways you’d like to improve your technique – and link them to the themes of the demo and email course, the more you’re sure to see the immense value of this DVD.


                 What are your concerns about
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    There are as many different types of pianists around as there are people, and some of them have doubts about The Craft of Piano Playing. For instance, I’ve had a concert pianist say to me, “You can’t make music when you’re thinking about your body.” He’s right of course, but an uneducated body can’t make music. This DVD provides you with that education and recalibrates your reflexes to better fulfil your musical intentions.

    Some feel they are not advanced enough for The Craft of Piano Playing. The DVD often uses fairly advanced selections from the classical repertoire, and beginners may fear they can’t learn from such difficult examples. But this DVD has the unique and amazing capacity to empower both high level professionals and total beginners! I use advanced examples because I don’t want to turn off the advanced pianists who stand to gain a great deal from studying the DVD – but this by no means excludes pianists of more modest aspiration. The principles of movement that I demonstrate with Liszt, Rachmaninoff and Chopin are just as easily applied to John Thomson, Mel Bay, Hal Leonard and Leila Fletcher.

    Another colleague maintains that this material is too powerful: that the student should not approach it on his or her own but only under the guidance of an advanced teacher. But the testimonials tell a different story:

    • Many pianists have found answers to technical problems on the DVD that no other teacher had been able to give them.

    • From employing the principles of chapter one alone, some have played pain free for the first time in years, all without the help of a teacher.

    • Of course, working on these powerful themes with a sympathetic teacher is a great way to approach The Craft of Piano Playing, but if you don’t have that opportunity you are by no means excluded from benefiting big time.

    One reviewer cautions the reader that this is not a self-help manual. I venture to disagree – many of my readers and viewers are digesting this material on their own and it is helping them in a big way. Maybe what that reviewer wanted to say, and here I would absolutely agree with him, is that The Craft of Piano Playing offers no quick fixes. Although the benefits and improvements to your piano technique will start to appear very soon after you begin the work, the overall transformation of your technique will take time and a big investment of your efforts and attention. But this is all to the good – I believe the personal satisfaction you gain from being fully engaged at a higher level of intensity is every bit as important as the improvements to your piano sound and expression you’ll experience – and this is the opportunity The Craft of Piano Playing has to offer.

    “I’m not ready for The Craft of Piano Playing.This is also a valid concern. The techniques introduced here are powerful and transformative, and although I firmly believe that The Craft of Piano Playing offersall pianists a breakthrough in their technique, I know that some simply don’t feel ready to face that kind of a challenge. But remember, there’s no teacher forcing you to go at a preconceived pace – you can watch as much or as little of the DVD as you like, digesting the ideas at your own unique learning speed.

    If you don’t feel ready to do even that much, then so be it! But don’t be surprised if someday somewhere down the line that niggling little question arises in your mind, “Could I? Might I? Could it finally be time?” When that time comes, we’ll be here for you.

    How about those who complain it costs too much? Well all I can say is, for what you get, The Craft of Piano Playing is incredibly inexpensive.

    • First of all, this is the most professionally produced piano education DVD ever made, and production costs were high.

    • Secondly, if you ask yourself how many hundreds or even thousands of dollars you spent on piano lessons last year alone, then the $39.95 price tag of The Craft of Piano Playing is a ridiculously small amount to pay for a DVD that promises to transform your playing as much as all those lessons did – not by going against what your teacher says but by clarifying the underlying physical principles of what she or he showed you, thus empowering and enhancing the input you receive from your own teacher.

    • Thirdly, I myself wouldn’t have a hope in Hades of transmitting the knowledge contained in this DVD in one lesson – I would need a dozen at least, no matter how talented you were. So if you do that math you’ll see I am actually offering over $1800 worth of piano lessons for the $39.95 price tag!

    • Fourthly, the money earned from DVD’s sold at our online store is being ploughed back in to research and development – when you buy your DVD here, you contribute to the ongoing advancement of Craft of Piano Method, the creation of new exercises that refine and hone what I’ve already presented – material eventually to be included in new books, CD’s and educational DVD’s yet to come. I’m on a roll, I’m not stopping, and this search does need to be financed.

    • Finally, there are piano technique DVD’s out there that cost far more than The Craft of Piano Playing, but deliver far less value per dollar. For potent, transformative information packed into a well-organized, tightly knit piano-pedagogical regime, you can’t beat The Craft of Piano Playing.

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    “The video has been of great help to my 10 year old son Robin. Even with his small hands that barely reach one octave, Alan's grasping technique helped him create rich and orchestral-like sounds on chordal passages. Robin was also very excited to find that with daily practice for just the past several days, his pinky has already shown new skeletal strength.”

                                L.M.H., Ottawa, Canada

    university professors...

    “…One student whom I have been working with for two years has totally collapsible hands. She is musical and creative and intelligent, but her playing has remained on a very intermediate level. Last week I had her doing your hand exercises, and low and behold, a week later her hands are working properly and looking like those of a pianist! A miracle!

         ‘She had to discover the sensations in her hands of what it feels like to have the fingers straight and not breaking, particularly the 5th finger, showing the “hummocks“, and keeping an eye on the integrity of the bridge at all times. And the overholding, or super legato, really works wonders. Thank you!”

    C. A., Professor of Piano and Department Chairman, Hope, Wisconsin

    adult amateurs...

    "Your DVD on piano technique is a masterpiece of analysis, patience and clarity of expression. You have a tremendous ability to make a very complex issue easy to understand; you are not using dry meaningless language as technique videos do. I have never before seen such detailed and, at least in my very humble opinion, correct analysis of piano technique. I am very grateful to you for taking the immense trouble of putting all these scientifically sound principles on paper…”

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    teachers

    “What a joy to watch The Craft of Piano Playing, and to practice its empowering exercises. In a very short time it has already had a tremendous affect on my playing. I feel more relaxed and lighter, and have started to develop a speed I would normally think was not possible. I am delighted by your manner and the way you put the information across – it is entertaining and presented with an ease that makes learning fun. I have recommended this DVD highly to my pupils and all my piano friends. Thank you again for putting such a great piece of helpful and inspiring work together – it has certainly paid off for me, and is very much appreciated!

    A. W., composer & piano teacher, London, England

    and top professionals...

    “Alan, your film showed me exactly what was missing from my technique! I made those few adjustments (structural integrity, etc.) and now I can touch the keyboard and play with full confidence!! Also, you totally convinced me how FULL and radiant chords can sound without pressing or attacking the way I've always done! And I finally have to confess that it’s true, it really seems like I have never before fully understood the REAL meaning of legato playing: the connection to the keyboard and especially the SOUND it instantly produces. You helped me tap into a world I thought would never be accessible to me. THANK YOU!”

    M. F., Concert pianist and Conservatoire professor, Quebec City, Canada

     “You gained my trust when you exposed the hazards of flawed attempts of the finger action approach and the arm weight approach to piano technique. I have challenged many pianists and teachers on these points over the years. This made me feel that your thoughts were well-considered.

    ’Two points you included in the demo were revelations to me; the security of arching the hand, and turning the hand to increase interval span. I imagine it doesn't surprise you anymore hearing pianists report this. Those two tips alone were an instant boon for my piano technique. The results of just one practice session convinced me that I had to have your DVD. I just received it and I'm on fire.

    ’I've been doing this a long time. I don't know how I missed it. Piano pedagogues have been talking about holding a ball in the hand for centuries, haven't they? But as I play, I see well enough that my knuckle collapses here. When I just don't do that, suddenly a whole lot of things get easier.

    ’Years ago I also was taught the Rachmaninoff exercise of stretching the fingers when the hand is turned. The Plaskin biography of Horowitz even mentions that he taught that to his students. I had no idea why that was useful. When you demonstrated it in your video, the lightbulb went off over my head. No wonder the Etude Op. 10, No. 1 of Chopin can be such a struggle. Now I turn my hand to negotiate those intervals instead of trying to span each entire position by spreading my fingers and consequently "setting" my hand.

    ’That's just from seeing your demo. Now I'm devouring the whole DVD. Can't wait to practice.”

    J.J., Concert pianist, New York City.

    …When I was in my 20's I joined the studio of Steven De Groote. In one lesson, my technique leapt by more than it had over the prior four years of undergraduate studies. Steven was brilliant. He was the winner of the Cliburn in 1977. He performed all over the world and he was also a devoted teacher. He approached technique in an objective, practical way that no one else had done with me. My results were instantly better and I continued to grow over another four years of study with him…

    ‘Years later, I am now in my 40's and having an equally dramatic leap in my facility in a very brief time just from viewing your DVD and reading your forum posts. You are scary! That tip about playing the lower right notes loud in Chopin's Op. 10, No. 2 worked instantly. I was trying to find solidity in the upper part of my hand with the arch and rotational exertion. I was downplaying the lower notes. When I added power to those while preserving an arch, suddenly my 3rd through 5th fingers played effortlessly.

         ‘I find that Steven's teaching (at least my perception of it) was probably rooted in the finger action approach. There were things I never could quite get, although they seemed so easy for him. Just your one idea of the arch made me jump out of my chair when I first saw your demo. That's exactly how he looked when he played. I can still see it so vividly. That's what he did, although he didn't talk about it specifically. He might not have even realized that was what he was doing, but you not only do know you’re doing it, you explain how you’re doing it. This to me is gold.

         ‘Steven and I talked so much and he was very inquisitive. I know if he were alive today we would have a ball debating and experimenting with your approach. At the very least, he would be very proud to see that one of his students continued to grow and improve decades after his instruction.

         ‘Alan, we've never met, but you have no idea how you've touched my life. I play better now than when I was a full-time serious competitor.”

     J.J., Concert pianist, New York City.

    a word from one more viewer...

    “... I got tendonitis seven years ago, and thus my search for preventative, injury-free piano technique started. I spent literally thousands of dollars along the line, but still continued to play with discomfort and pain. After implementing your info just from chapter 1 about the hand's arch structure, I was able to play the piano without pain and residual discomfort for one hour for the first time in SEVEN years.

         ‘Your approach to technique makes the most sense bio-mechanically, physiologically, and sonically. That first clip of Brailowsky with the camera shot under his hands showing that beautiful cathedral arch you so expertly demonstrated made me just about fall off my chair. Then I started to mentally peruse all the internal images I have of seeing the greats perform. Really, I own all those videos you excerpted on your DVD! I implemented just a few ideas you suggested, and you were bang on.

         ‘Do you realize that when I put both my hands up to a wall, like you did in the video, the arches and joints in my hands all went flat! There was no arch structure, and you were right on when you said that the arch structure is generally the weak link in piano technique. Then you backed it up with that cool anecdote about Neuhaus and what he did to students' hand arches. I could go on and on about the million "ah-ha" moments I had while watching your DVD. I am completely exhilarated and convinced about the soundness and caliber of your teachings and discovery. The beautiful thing is, you cared enough to take the time to really figure this stuff out and make a positive impact on people's lives, and for that I am truly thankful.

         ‘Also, you are an absolute riot to watch! My wife heard me laughing my head off and asked, "Weren't you watching a piano technique video?" and then you fell off the bench - that was great! You should know that 10,000 miles away you made a huge difference in the life of one pianist. THANKS!

    J.P., Washington State, USA

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