Synopses & Reviews
Sure, you play the piano...about as well as you played when your piano teacher, Mrs. Rosenberg, retired in 1979. Now the time has come to take your playing skills to the next level with Improve Your Piano Playing. Techniques are explained clearly so that anyone who already plays for personal pleasure or performance can eliminate recurring mistakes and master the art of workable fingering, expressive touch, phrasing, tone production, and pedaling. Through a structured process of practice, learning new pieces is made simple--the techniques focus on correcting frequent mistakes, dealing with tricky passages, and interpretation. A section on pianos and how they work contains information every musician should know. Mrs. Rosenberg is gone now, but you can still make her proud--with Improve Your Piano Playing.
For anyone with basic piano playing skills looking to dramatically improve his or her technique for performances or for personal pleasure, Dr. John Meffen offers simplified and tested techniques explained clearly, concisely, and occasionally humorously. Meffen offers a structured process of practice, making learning a new piece easy. Readers will learn:
--Techniques to eradicate recurring mistakes
--Methods to deal with tricky passages
--Proper phrasing and tone production
--How to do justice to the composer’s work
--Correct interpretation of musical scores
In addition, an invaluable chapter on the inner workings of the piano will help musicians of all stages and ages choose the right piano for their needs and abilities.
With simplified and tested techniques, the time has come to take your playing skills to the next level!
About the Author
Dr. John Meffen is a well-respected pianist, teacher, and music scholar. The adjudicator member of the British Federation of Festivals, the music secretary of the Darlington Music Festival, and the associate conductor of the Darlington Orchestra, he lives in Great Britain.