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How to improve technique? #2913978 11/19/19 07:28 PM
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I have recently started learning my RCM grade 10 pieces and they are a big step up from grade 9. I have been noticing that my technique is lacking, especially when playing Haydn and Bach. I struggle to get my playing to be smooth, and I feel quite awkward when playing. I was wondering if there are any exercises or pieces that can help me get a better technique. Should I start doing Hannon or Czerny? Are there any etudes or warmups you do to help improve technique?

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Re: How to improve technique? [Re: PracticingPianist] #2913982 11/19/19 07:33 PM
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The word "technique" covers a very broad area. What aspects of technique are you concerned about? What does your teacher say about your "technique"?

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Originally Posted by PracticingPianist
I have recently started learning my RCM grade 10 pieces and they are a big step up from grade 9. I have been noticing that my technique is lacking, especially when playing Haydn and Bach. I struggle to get my playing to be smooth, and I feel quite awkward when playing. I was wondering if there are any exercises or pieces that can help me get a better technique.

I recommend this book of specific targeted exercises for up to RCM 10 (= ABRSM grade VIII mentioned in the blurb):

https://www.amazon.com/FOUNDATIONS-PIANO-TECHNIQUE-Geoffrey-Tankard/dp/0853605793

For beyond, this one (which my teacher recommended for me when I was working towards my performance diploma):

https://www.amazon.com/Pianoforte-Technique-Hour-Geoffrey-Tankard/dp/0853603634

N.B. This latter book requires an advanced technique, or you could cause yourself an injury doing the exercises.....


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Re: How to improve technique? [Re: BruceD] #2914035 11/20/19 12:45 AM
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I have trouble playing with arm weight, and my forearms start to get sore after a few hours. I also sometimes play with flat fingers (especially my right-hand index finger, and left-hand pointer finger). My right hand is a little bit faster than my left. I will sometimes overshoot when playing small intervals since I have larger hands.
Right now my teacher is trying to get me to play with more weight so that I don't put so much strain on my fingers/forearms. My teacher is also trying to get my hands to be less flat when I play. I have improved a lot in my technique in the last half a year, but I have a long way to go.
I just had my lesson today and my teacher recommended I start with Hannon since it is a bit easier and is a good starting point. They then suggested starting the Dohnanyi finger exercises once I had been doing Hannon for a while.

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I think Hanon is an excellent starting point when you want to change something in your technique. Just don't lose focus when playing it, or you will return to playing in your old manner.


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