Indispensables of Piano Playing

Indispensables of Piano Playing

Indispensables of Piano Playing

Indispensables of Piano Playing

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Teaching has been an exciting experience since I squarely faced the unpleasant fact, more than twenty-five years ago, that the pupils in my studio played or didn't play, and that was that. The talented ones progressed, the others didn't -- and I could do nothing about it.

This fact became a challenge which forced me to disbelieve in the tools I was using and led me to discoveries which mean that all can play. By virtue of the principle which has been established and the teaching techniques I have been able to develop since that day when I really came to grips with the problem, the less gifted can learn as well as the most gifted.

From the outset I demanded of myself, as the only sure proof I was coming to the right conclusions, that I learn to play the difficult Chopin Etudes at top speed. It took me twenty years to learn to play the Octave Etude, Op. 25, No. 10. All that signifies is that it took me twenty years, through my own study of this Etude in particular and through experiment with many . . .

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