Advanced Piano Technique introduces exercises with repeated notes in combination with a held, supporting finger. Exercises with repeated notes train the fingers for increased articulation and a quick attack and release of the keys.
Exercises with both held and repeated notes are the most effective. They appear throughout the advanced book as a kind of motivic development. This is a singular achievement in the writing of piano technique exercises, leading to an even higher level of technical accomplishment and proficiency.
Chapter I follows the usual design with exercises in patterns of two, three, four, and five notes, and broken thirds, sixths, and octaves. Chapter II trains the movement of the thumb used in the playing of scale and arpeggio passages. In Chapter III the double-note exercises are especially valuable for developing a balanced hand position and creating strength in the knuckle and finger joints. The extension exercises in Chapter IV provide training for playing chords, broken chords, and arpeggios, along with the ability to move the arm freely for widely spaced intervals. Chapter V consists of exercises in double-note thirds, sixths, and octaves with a held, supporting finger. Chapter VI pays tribute to earlier composers of piano technique exercises, including Raphael Joseffy, Carl Tausig, Isidor Philipp, and Johannes Brahms. All of these exercises have been adapted to fit into the plan of the advanced book.
Advanced Piano Technique is the last book in this series. It should be practiced along with the intermediate and virtuoso books as part of a coordinated practice regimen. This will produce a synergism which is uniquely effective. The result is a unique and original approach for developing piano technique.
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