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Fundamentals of Piano Practice

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  46 ratings  ·  9 reviews
This is the first book ever written on how to practice at the piano! Learn the most efficient practice methods, musical playing, relaxation, and Mental Play (playing the piano or the music in your mind) which has been neglected by most teachers; all great musicians used it, yet often failed to teach it. Mental play impacts every aspect of piano playing: memorizing, control ...more
Paperback, 265 pages
Published October 31st 2007 by BookSurge Publishing
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Scott Hayden
If only I knew these things before I went off to college to be a music education major, maybe I would have stuck with the program. I'd had several years of piano lessons, and 6 years experience accompanying choirs. Despite my poor audition with, a university piano professor saw past my very limited technique to my strong sense of musicality and admitted me to the program. Two hours of practice a day and more challenging music wasn't enough to overcome my subconscious realization that my piano pr ...more
Tom Rose
I find it hard to credit that anyone can think this is a good book. I have given it one star, but only because I was not sure that you can give zero stars. Perhaps those that have written positive reviews are unfamiliar with the huge existing literature on piano playing.

It is dreadfully written, in a verbose, rambling style, and hopelessly laid out. Full of weird and unhelpful analogies (memory buckets anyone?) and pseudo-scientific rubbish (). It is true that it contains many true observations
I'm amazed at this book. The author has a (VERY) strong academic background in Phyiscs, and having studied some physics myself, I must say that this book resonated very much with me: the scientific approach to finding the best methods, using his experience in research paper publishing to write and publish the book, his explanations of some math concepts and how they apply to music, and even a differential equation to calculate the rate of learning speed using the methods in the book!

But, if you'
This book is a physicist's very limited understanding of piano practice based on his struggles playing piano when he was younger, and observing his child's piano teacher because his child got very good at playing piano.
Having never read a book on piano practice before, there were a few techniques he described which I wasn't aware of. Some work, some don't.

This book is very badly organised, full of the author's opinions and theories, who is not an expert in this field. What really annoyed me wer
Richard Pohl
Strange book... along with interesting insights and good advice you find here almost silly statements (Beethoves deafness was caused by his own compositions...). Written by a non-pianist, yet drawing from many solid resources. Author (a multi-experted scientist, who admits doesnt know much about music theory, but can play some piano himself) sometimes act like Sheldon Cooper, claiming this book is going to change the world completely... Only Bazinga on cover is missing. Otherwise the book defini ...more
Amazing book, Must read for all pianists.
I've been on a plateau for a while now with my piano technique and this book has helped me take it to the next level. Love the Bar by Bar tip and the Chapter on memorization. Good stuff! Practice does not make Perfect. Perfect Practice does. Download for free and see for yourself. You'll be shocked at how rapidly you progress once you begin maximizing your practice time with this book.
Will Jeffries
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This is a good read, especially for those interested in learning the fine art of piano playing
Jack Laschenski
The first and best book on how to practice the piano.

Science applied to this universal task.

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