Course | Piano – The Pianist Guide to Touch
"The best ability on Piano is to play 'softly', and have triple piano as well as triple forte"
Maria Thompson Corley - The Pianist Guide to Touch (Playing the Rainbow)
“How many Juilliard-trained pianists does it take to change a light bulb?”
“Ten. One to start, then nine more to do it louder and faster.”
Even when pianists do try to use both ends of the dynamic spectrum, our efforts can be stymied by inferior instruments. Nevertheless, if we don’t know how to create a triple piano sound in the first place, even the most wonderful piano’s possibilities will remain unexplored. Playing quietly is more difficult than playing loudly; when my teacher, Gyorgy Sandor (with whom I studied at Juilliard, by the way), first introduced me to the idea of softer softs, I spent hours trying to achieve new levels of control. It’s still work, but so very rewarding.
4 instructional videos
1. Foundation of Tone Control
2. The Physics of Dynamics
3. Legato Part I
4. Legato Part II
©Maria Thompson Corley 2020 - Home recorded
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