The finger is a complex set of levers. Pianists generally learn to curl the fingers, well, that is, activating the finger’s “ankle” and “knee,” but sometimes at the expense of the “hip joint.” When the metacarpal-phalangeal (MCP) joint, the top knuckle, fails to activate fully, the hand is weakened and at greater risk of injury – the fallen keystone of the arch creates instant tension in the forearm tendons.
This seminar explores legato, the pianist’s basic touch that establishes the fingers’ secure, moving relationship to the key, allowing them to stand up into their arch structure and to walk with potency and fluidity. We revert to a “one-boned finger,” a flattened digit that goes against much of piano orthodoxy, to establish the all-important “hip joint” as the hand’s fundamental source of physical as well as sonic power. When the hand arches are healthy, the voice of the piano is rich and sultry, penetratingly expressive and touching.
Monthly dates 2021
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Introduction to Piano Somatics A 6 month Study Group Lesson plan
Classes held via zoom, limited to small numbers. This event has multiple classes.
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