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Graham Fitch interviewed by Josh Wright--How to Practice
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Cool! Two of my favorite teachers!

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Yes it’s new, it was posted on the 18th. I’ve already watched it and I agree with Sam, two of my favorites. It was enjoyable to watch.


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Originally Posted by John305
Yes it’s new, it was posted on the 18th. I’ve already watched it and I agree with Sam, two of my favorites. It was enjoyable to watch.

+2. Very enjoyable.



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Yes it’s new, it was posted on the 18th. I’ve already watched it and I agree with Sam, two of my favorites. It was enjoyable to watch.

+2. Very enjoyable.



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Very informative video but definitely geared to a more advanced pianist. The mirror inversion technique is new to me and I would likely have a hard time wrapping my head around that. Now off to Graham’s blog to learn more.



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Very informative. I have used symmetrical practice for decades and practising in groups up to speed for longer and they do work, no doubt about it. Symmetric practice is excellent for pure finger work but while the piano is symmetric physically it is far from symmetric aurally so there might be limitations on its creative application. For example I don’t think an inverted stride bass in the right hand sounds particularly exciting or useful. They primarily talked about playing pieces but some techniques, especially rhythmic groupings, lend themselves to idea generation in improvisation. The word “practice” itself implies the existence of another state which is “the real thing”. This can, of course, vary widely among players. For some it might be playing a recital in front of hundreds, for others it might be recording a piece for the ABF recital or playing it for friends; for me it is the recording of a spontaneous creation. The modes of practice, even purely physical ones, will differ according to the end objective.


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The symmetrical practice part (the last thing they mentioned) is very difficult to figure out, and it sounds "bad". At least it's difficult for me to figure out - that would be a last resort for me...

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The symmetrical practice part (the last thing they mentioned) is very difficult to figure out, and it sounds "bad". At least it's difficult for me to figure out - that would be a last resort for me...
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I treat it as a purely gymnastic device to give each hand equal finger dexterity Sam, and it isn't necessary to play both hands precisely together as those people do, which indeed produces a very restricted sound. I usually work one hand on a figure followed by the other hand on its reflection, and as I use my silent Virgil Practice Clavier for all my work on technique sound is irrelevant. It's only productive where one hand has trouble executing a figure but the other can play its reflection. Carefully imitating the good hand's movements with the dud hand can often fix things. Of course if neither hand is any good the trick isn't much use.


"We shall always love the music of the masters, but they are all dead and now it's our turn." - Llewelyn Jones, my piano teacher
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A big surprise for me when Graham said he´d started playing when he was almost 13. All the great concert pianists start at the age of 6 or even earlier so I always thought: "Well, I am 15-16 years late". Now when I´ve heard that, I can say that I am only 9 years late laugh


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