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Closed vs Open - loss of touch? #539183
01/29/04 09:14 AM
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I noticed when I play my grand completely closed, the range between pp and ff is not as prevalent. Any opinions on whether this has an adverse effect on one's playing? I have a feeling that if I practiced with a closed piano all the time, I'd have less control, touch and feel in terms of dynamics.

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Re: Closed vs Open - loss of touch? #539184
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Normally I find having the lid completely up is too overpowering, (but necessary for stereo recording) and having everything shut is a bit dull. I compromise on this one by propping the front part of the lid (the part covering the music stand) open with a piece of rubber or similar object, leaving a gap facing me of an inch or so through which sound can come out.


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Re: Closed vs Open - loss of touch? #539185
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Squeaky88th, on the contrary, I think that playing with the grand closed would help improve your ability to incorporate dynamics. The harder it is to make the piano softer or louder, and to create the desired sound, then the harder you will have to work to achieve it. This will cause your touch to become more delicate and sensitive, and then when you play on a crappy piano, or on your grand with the top up, creating dynamics should be all the easier. I found this true when I was learning how to play piano on my first upright. It had very heavy action and was not very sensitive. Thus, it was very hard to play pianissimo, and almost impossible to play softer. Nevertheless, I tried as hard as I could to be soft when the dynamics were soft, while still retaining an evenness in my touch. Needless to say, when I got my grand piano, playing softly was simple, and I feel that the sensitivity of my playing has been greatly advanced.

Just make sure that when you play with the grand closed, you are aware of the dynamics, and you still strive to achieve pp and ff. Over time this should improve your touch and sensitivity.


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