PIANO TECHNIQUE REVIEWS

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Piano Technique Comparison Chart

 

This chart presents various aspects of piano technique and pedagogy along its vertical axis, and various schools or strands of thought on piano technique on the horizontal. A tick indicates a positive match, an X a negative match, and O undetermined. If the tick or X appears as a link, click on the link to read the relevant section from the corresponding review...

Please note that this is not meant to be a "better than" - "worse than" comparitive analysis, but an attempt to demonstrate the validity of each approach by evaluating their strengths and weaknesses. Alan Fraser gets more ticks than anyone else not because his method is considered better, but because he has made a concerted effort to examine the way these different schools relate - where they overlap and where they contradict one another - and to address the strengths of each school in a way that cultivates their complementarity rather than deteriorating into an "opposing camps" situation. The Taubman approach gets more x's than any other not because it is an invalid approach, but because many of their techniques which apply brilliantly to resolving dystonias and other injuries are not necessarily so relevant to the technique of healthy pianists. We have been told by Taubman scholars that healthy pianists playing at the virtuoso level tend to use Dorothy Taubman's wisdom in conjunction with other approaches to which they have been exposed, whereas those who have used the method to recover from injury tend to be the ones who swear solely by the method.

Piano Technique Reviews Comparision Chart

 

 

 

 

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Cultivates the Potent Structureof the Hand's Arches
X
X
X
Effective Cultivation of Physical Legato
X
X
X
X
Clear, Accurate Presentation of Arm Weight Technique
O
X
O
X
X
Cultivates Healthy Stretching and Twisting
O
X
O
X
X
O
X
Comprehensive Analysis of Rotation Applications
O
O
X
O
O
X
Recognizes Special Role of the Thumb
O
X
O
O
O
Comprehensive Assessment of Multiple Roles of the Arm
O
O
O
Empowers Octave & Chord Technique
O
X
O
O
X
Empowers Scale Playing
O
O
Accurate Understanding of Dual Muscular Pull
O
O
O
X
X
O
X
X
Effective Approach to Finger Lifting
O
X
X
X
X
X
Effective Approach to Finger Curling
O
X
X
X
X
Comprehensive Analysis of Wrist Function
O
X
Cultivating Coordinate Motion O O O O O  
Avoiding Shear Between Joints, Especially at the Wrist O O O O O O  
Letting the Hand Go to Increase the Reach of a Small Hand Effortlessly O O O O O  

 

Effectively Addresses Injuries and Focal Dystonia O O O O O O  
 

We are in the midst of updating this chart which has languished in an obsolete form for far too long. However, the main work of a complete update will have to wait until our new site is up. In the meantime, our reviewers have noticed some important oversights which we will immediately rectify, to wit, The Taubman Approach gets green ticks for "Cultivating Coordinate Motion," "Avoiding Shear Between Joints, Especially at the Wrist," "Letting the Hand Go to Increase the Reach of a Small Hand Effortlessly," and "Effectively Addresses Injuries and Focal Dystonia."

Piano Technique Reviews is a division of Piano Technique.net, a site owned and operated by Maple Grove Music Productions, the company devoted to developing the pedagogical materials - books, DVD's, online video lessons and live piano institutes - associated with Canadian pianist Alan Fraser's Craft of Piano Method.