Abby Whiteside on Piano Playing : Indispensables of Piano Playing and Mastering the Chopin Etudes and Other Essays
Abby WhitesideISBN: 1574670204;
Amazon.comTwo of piano pedagogue Abby Whiteside's most influential essays, "Indispensables of Piano Playing," from 1955, and "Mastering the Chopin Etudes," from 1969, are reprinted in this volume, along with several shorter pieces. Whiteside's iconoclastic but firmly held beliefs are still provocative: "the pianist cannot control tone quality," "the importance of a prescribed fingering is practically nil," and "time spent on scales is not used to best advantage" are among them. But Whiteside backs up herideas persuasively, and even pianists who cannot go along with her all the way will likely find themselves altering aspects of their techniques. Whiteside bases all pianism on motions of the upper arms (confusingly called "top arms" in "Indispensables") and de-emphasizes anything to do with the fingers. She sees the forearm and fingers only as extensions of the upper arm, which is responsible for speed and accuracy. She is good at imagery in pressing her points: skating, jazz...
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