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.
We have to be smart about our piano practice
Basically training your motor neurons
and requires specific yet fluid hand adjustments
link the physical and musical experience
without standing or making the thumb vertical
The question was about the Rachmaninoff concerto but can it be applied to anything?
if your finger stays tense your thumb is not standing well, same for fingers, if they are solid, thumb will be fine
Kind of a continuation of a previous answer on practice