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Fundamentals of Piano Practice

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  87 Ratings  ·  14 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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Tom Rose
Dec 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Scott Hayden
Apr 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Eileen Sauer
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure, I am the author's daughter. Our piano teacher Mlle. Yvonne Combe was a child prodigy at the Paris Conservatory. She worked with Debussy, Faure, Ravel, and played the Saint-Saens second concerto with Saint-Saens conducting the orchestra in 1907. Through Debussy our musical lineage goes back to Beethoven. I'm now 52 and she was in her 80s when I was a child. I played in Carnegie Recital Hall nine times as a child, sis played there ten times, countless other classmates played there ...more
Anushka Aritri
Jan 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: non-fiction-read
There are, at most, 50 sentences in total that give you the actual tips and rules to follow. It's a book where you are sorely tempted to just read the words in bold. The main problem, I felt, was that they were too focused on just validating WHY this book is something that you need. It builts you up to the tips, like a tease that takes it too far, and you are no longer interested in what said tease has to offer. Far from being attracted, it has the opposite effect: they irritate you and you just ...more
Gianluca Micchi
Jan 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: translation
Il libro è interessante ma è molto pericoloso.
Contiene infatti alcune idee completamente sbagliate, come il ciclare, l'idea che sia necessario ripetere per miliardi di volte un passaggio che non riesce subito, l'enfasi sulla velocità da portare a livelli altissimi. Sono ampiamente scettico anche riguardo al pollice sopra: è una tecnica che non ho mai visto utilizzare, né di cui ho mai sentito parlare, e ad una prima impressione mi pare che porti risultati negativi, quindi ho deciso di non usarla
May 09, 2017 rated it liked it
First things first: this book's writing style is almost impenetrable. Paradoxically, a book written with the goal of making it simpler to learn complicated, difficult piano pieces utterly fails to communicate simply.

There are dozens of rambling pages promising unrealistic results and declaring the total superiority of the author's methods. I eventually took to skimming them to try to find what those methods actually were. When I finally found them, it was no surprise to discover that the author
Jan 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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'
Aug 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 19, 2012 rated it liked it
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
Will Jeffries
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
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This is a good read, especially for those interested in learning the fine art of piano playing
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
Jack Laschenski
Sep 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The first and best book on how to practice the piano.

Science applied to this universal task.

Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little crazy but informative.
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book, Must read for all pianists.
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