Alan Fraser

Alan Fraser

placeNovi Sad, Serbia

1105 videos

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.

You don't play forte by slamming the piano

Soften the blow by standing up and get the purer vibration of the string

May 24, 2023 Beginner Lecture

Bring your hand arch to life

By giving it a posture or "acture" as Alan says

May 17, 2023 Intermediate Lecture

A singing line is achieved when the arm joints notes

While the fingers do their thing

May 15, 2023 Beginner Lecture

Access the voice of the piano

One of the goals in this floating melodic singing, not chipped up sound

May 2, 2023 Intermediate Lecture

This is pure sound

Arm weight with arm skeleton

Apr 29, 2023 Beginner Lecture

The wisdom of the skeleton is what allows you to move well

The more security you can feel in your hand, it reflects on the whole playing apparatus

Apr 7, 2023 Intermediate Lecture

Nobody learned to walk by walking

Alan talks about the one year pre-standing apprenticeship which we have all gone through and how it applies to piano

Apr 5, 2023 Beginner Lecture

Two hour piano lesson on one note

Piano is a percussion instrument. What kind of sound we get back depents of a kind of touch we provide

Mar 27, 2023 Intermediate Lecture

Develop sensitivity to the piano key

Develop capcacity to deal with the key

Mar 21, 2023 Intermediate Lecture

Musical mind and physical mechanism should work together

This is how you phrase at the piano

Mar 19, 2023 Beginner Information

Weighted touch is not good for phrasing

You can't think horizontally if you play the piano vertically

Mar 19, 2023 Beginner Lecture
Mar 15, 2023 Beginner Information

Rotation in scales and arpeggios

It's not only the hands are involved in rotation process but the whole body

Mar 14, 2023 Intermediate Lecture

There is more about rotation then just simple hand rotation

What if we applied the science of human walking to the hand rotation

Mar 13, 2023 Intermediate Lecture