placeNovi Sad, Serbia
Born in Montreal in 1955 Alan Fraser studied piano but also delved into composition, cello, classical singing and had several stints as a pop musician. Alan’s main pianistic influence was the pioneering research of Phil Cohen who studied alongside Ronald Turini, Andre Laplante and Janina Fialkowska with Yvonne Hubert, who had been Cortot‘s assistant in Paris. Alan spent several years with Cohen after an apprenticeship with two former Cohen students, Alan Belkin and Lauretta Milkman.
Applies for adults too. Avoid mechanical repetition at all cost and a few other things.
A question about Why Glenn Gould sat so low turns into a great rant about musicianship
People often forget about the standing hand when playing pianissimo. But what if there is a way?
Oh trills, always a tricky thing to play, right?
Young pianist and Alan working on the famous nocturne
Slide is the reflection of the horizontal nature of the tone. Do not lock your body
Alan talks about how information flows throughout the wrist and why is it important it's not blocked
Ever practiced on a table top, or electric piano? Is it really beneficial or not?
Rene shows his exercise he uses with his studenta
A very informative bit on our playing aparathus
It's about the quality of movement and how do we translate it to the piano.
Very basic, yet very important exercise