Developing a Brilliant Piano Technique – The Holistic Professional Approach

Developing a Brilliant Piano Technique - The Holistic Professional ApproachAre you unhappy with your technical skills?
Are you always searching for ways to improve the physical aspect of your playing?
Do you think that your disobedient hands/fingers are the only obstacle on your path to piano mastery? :P

Do you think that a brilliant technique is the ‘key’ that unlocks all piano doors?

If only I had faster fingers… If only I could play those octaves with ease… If only I could conquer those double-note passages…

Well, you are not alone. Thousands of piano students from the entire world think the same. They spend many years looking for the ‘perfect’ movements that would allow them to play with freedom and brilliance.

They work hard, they do endless exercises, they practice scales like there’s no tomorrow… only to discover that no matter how much they advance on this path, there’s still something missing.

Can you relate to the above?
If you can, then it’s time for a complete change of perspective!

A good technique is not THE key to piano mastery. It’s simply ONE of the keys :P.

On its own, it cannot do much. Together with the other keys, though, it can unlock ANY door!

You can only become a good pianist if you open your eyes and learn to see the bigger picture.

Piano playing is a ‘multi-lock door’ – and you can only open it if you have ALL the keys. This is what the holistic approach to piano development is all about!

Do you want to learn more? Watch the video below! ;)

We will identify the other ‘keys’, debunk a ton of myths, learn more about the mysterious term ‘expression’… and you will never see piano playing with the same eyes again! 8)

Developing a Brilliant Piano Technique –
The Holistic Professional Approach

Video highlights:
00:35. Introduction. On our menu today: it’s time for a change of perspective!; debunking myths and stereotypes.

02:52. This video is inspired from your questions :). Avoiding the unilateral ‘technique-only’ approach.
03:18. The ergonomic technical skills you will develop as a member of PCA.

04:20. Understanding the BIGGER PICTURE. The 7 main pillars of piano playing. Learning to see the whole, not just the parts.
05:31. An example of the modern ‘unilateral’ approach and its consequences. The main causes of speed walls (and other piano problems).
07:06. What is technique? Why do you play piano? What determines the value of a piece?
08:20. Why, What and How – the three main questions we need to answer in order to become good pianists.
08:56. Making a comparison between speaking and musical performance.
10:53. The main purpose of good technique: giving us the freedom to convey the message of the piece. Brilliant piano skills can only be developed by connecting our physical movements (technique) with the musical ideas we wish to express.
11:52. An example of how pre-hearing and mental anticipation (having the mind and hearing guide your fingers) can help you overcome technical barriers.
12:52. The physical part of playing – a means to an end. Developing our technique while bringing out the expressive tasks of the piece.
13:36. The benefits of a holistic approach to piano development. Improving our technical skills naturally, simultaneously with all the other pillars.
13:57. What about muscle memory? Is it important? How do we develop it?
14:42. If technique is not the most important thing in piano playing, WHY do we need to practice scales?
15:39. With your mind & hearing in charge, you will never play in a mechanical, percussive manner!

15:59. What is expression? Debunking the most common myths about expression.
18:27. Bringing out the expressive tasks encoded in the piece by using means of expression. Identifying the main ones.
19:40. Example: how to bring out a lyrical, peaceful character in Liszt’s Consolation No. 3.
21:03. Character -> means of expression -> mental/aural/technical methods for bringing them out.
21:33. The expressive intention – the foundation of our art. Playing without awareness, in a purely ‘intuitive’ manner, is not expression!
22:11. Debunking another myth: is expression a ‘talent‘? How does talent fit into this picture?
22:56. If your main goal is to ‘improve your technique’ – your entire perspective on piano playing needs to change!

23:12. Conclusion. The importance of understanding the bigger picture for making informed decisions :).

Recommended tutorial:
Overcoming Technical Difficulties – Between Stereotypes and Holistic Tendencies in Piano Playing.

Do you want to take your piano skills to a whole new level of mastery? Join my Piano Coaching Program at PianoCareerAcademy.com and get instant access to many hundreds of exclusive, in-depth tutorials for ALL levels (including step-by-step courses and interactive projects) that will transform your playing, and help you to acquire a holistic perspective on our amazing art! 8)

Our modern ‘hurried’ mentality is gradually destroying our beautiful art.

In our rush to master it ‘overnight’, we don’t bother to study it in a holistic manner.

As a result, we slowly ‘strip it to the bone’, until all the expressive aspects are gone and we’re left with the bare technical movements – but we don’t even remember WHY we need them in the first place!

Blind and shallow practice might seem ‘quicker’ in the short-term. In the long run, however, it’s just a waste of time.

The good news is that it’s in our power to reverse this process. It’s in our power to take a stand, and to choose to practice in a mindful and serious manner. It’s in our power to be dedicated, persistent, and really passionate about what we do! It’s in our power to create amazing results!

So I challenge you to rise to the next level!

Dig deeper, enlarge your horizons, make fascinating (and very rewarding) discoveries… and start playing in a free, beautiful, artistic manner!

Always choose the red pill (Matrix hint) – in your practice and in your life! :-*,
Ilinca

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