Arm Weight Technique - Myth and Reality

MCMTA talk Alan gave in April 2018

By Alan Fraser

17 Lessons

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1

Teach Your Hand to Walk

A paralel between human walking and piano walking

2

Feel The Weight of Your Arm

But it's not only that, isn't it?

3

Rich and Powerful Sound With Arm Weight Technique

Alan explains the real mechanics behind the arm weight technique

4

Eastern European Arm Weight Technique

Seems to be very vertical in it's approach but the hand needs to be "lateralized" at some point

5

Playing Chords in an Organized Way

As long as our hands are standing and not falling

6

Curling of Nail Joints

Is curling the nail joints or fingers weakening arches of the hand?

7

Loose Finger Joints and the Arm Weight Technique

We need to provide certain neurological sensory images for our brain

8

Helping Double Jointed Students

What to do when your piano student is double jointed

9

Teaching All These Piano Techniques to Young Pianists

Teaching piano is hard. How about the old "hold the apple" routine?

10

Ulnar Deviation and Piano

Another way of using our skeletal mechanics at the piano

11

Do Not Loose Your Hand Structure

It affects the sound as well as induces tension in the wrist and forearm

12

If you See the Hand Swiveling Horizontally

Then the thumb and fingers aren't functional

13

The Thumb Goes Under or Maybe Not

The oldest questions in the piano book

14

The Kind of Tension You Really Want

Being elastic without being tense

15

Two Note Slurs

What about slurs? Lots of elasticity!

16

Elastic Chords

How does all this apply to chords?

17

Fight the Stiffness with Posture

Everybody is different. Teachers should really adjust to their students