By Alan Hersh

This e-book explores the area of the classical pianist and piano professor, deconstructing many well-known phrases that describe this atmosphere. dependent upon the author's event as a live performance artist and school professor, this e-book resonates with either earlier and present scholars of the piano in addition to song fans.

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The longer the student can avoid playing alone, the less likely their progress will lead them to playing sufficiency. For piano students in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, the MASTER CLASS was and still is viewed as a species of group lesson. A group of accomplished or apprentice pianists gather, the master teacher listens, and each member of the group takes a turn playing for the others. Usually everyone— colleagues and teacher—offers comments. But generally, these classes are supplemented by individual lessons at another time.

38 Chapter Twelve I don’t dispute this claim. Our minds are capable of extraordinary tricks, and this kind of memorization is mentioned too often by reputable sources to be simply fabrication. Similarly, all of us are familiar with “muscle memory”, the memory of rote learning. A task repeated a sufficient number of times becomes habit and can be performed with no conscious thought required. Indeed, awareness during such reflexive tasks sometimes confuses the performance. Learning to use the clutch in a standard-transmission automobile and playing a difficult technical passage in Liszt have a great deal in common.

When this pedal is depressed correctly, the DAMPER or RIGHT pedal can be used in the usual manner, so the TRE 46 Pedal 47 CORDA pedal creates an effect something like a limited organ pedal. There are very few occasions when the middle pedal can be used, and they are mostly the province of highly skilled professionals. I normally would suggest a kind of benign neglect. The RIGHT or DAMPER pedal, is the device that occasions so much pianistic controversy. Sometimes the right pedal is called the LOUD pedal, in contrast to the left or SOFT pedal.

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