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ERIC Number: EJ852185
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Aug
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1069-7446
Exercises for Keeping Pianists' Hands in Top Form
Perlmutter, Adam
Teaching Music, v17 n1 p52 Aug 2009
Some pianists have idiosyncratic ways of keeping their hands and fingers relaxed. Glenn Gould, for example, religiously soaked his digits in hot water before performing or recording. While the jury is still out on the effectiveness of Gould's routine, there are plenty of other exercises and practices that will keep a pianist's fingers limber. Nancy Parent, an MENC mentor, teaches K-2 music in Gunnison, Colorado, and is also a nationally certified teacher of music through MTNA. She finds that talking extensively to students about how to have relaxed form draws too much attention to the subject, ultimately creating the opposite of the desired effect--tension. "Beginners don't come with preconceived notions about what to do; they just love making sound. I try not to overwhelm students who are already uploading so much into their brains, bodies, and spirits. At first I keep everything natural and low-key, simply by modeling good hand position when I play for them," she says.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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