i've got this triplet exercise that is pushing the limits.. it's a hanon with continuous triplets at bpm 168.  i was getting strained, so i dropped it to 145.  but anyway, the tension definitely wasn't good, so i was wondering if there were any good resources that explains good technique.  i guess it's best to work with my teacher, but i guess i'm just curous for supplimentary knowledge.  i know there are tons of books, but it's a little silly considering how little i'd learn (without direct coaching), so i'm just looking for info.

google throws up too much "but this book and it'll make you a master pianist at 3 minutes a day!  ..  and give you fabulous abs!"
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fundamentals of piano practice


an excellent resource. memorization tips, exercises, scales, teaching, preparing for recitals, you name it!
oh, the one by cc chang.  i read this earlier in a not to beautifully rendered version.  didn't know it was converted into a website.  definitely going into the bookmark.

i was looking for something more specific to finger technique tho.  these things are so hard to read or write about.. i'm pretty sure i'm wasting my time.  hehe.
thanks so much loveforjazz, that is a superb resource!!
gyorgy sandor, "on piano playing"
he lays out the fundamentals of body coordination for efficient relaxed playing. reading this book, over and over again, plus going weekly to study classical to a teacher in osaka really helped me understand how to practice for better technique. the most useful thing for me was simply understanding the mechanics of finger movement, and how to position your entire arm and body for effortless movement. ideally whenever you practice, even the most challenging material, your body should be so perfectly aligned that it feels like you are getting a hand massage.
so i went back to the basic mechanic of "use gravity", and with concentration, started practicing at moderate speeds (130-140).  and to my surprise, i could let more gravity on my fingers that i previously though i could.  it took some concentration to maintain but i could loosen up my upper arm.. and my shoulders somewhat, so all of my arm's weight could be focused into the finger playing the key.  i assume this is what a lot of the text is talking about.

not that i claimed to have mastered this, nor claim i'm doing it perfectly.. but it does make a big difference..  playing solid (around mf) tones is easier, and more consistent, takes very little concentration, mentally i think "full gravity on finger", and then all sounds become more or less consistent.  also, surprisingly, playing fastlines repeatedly is less tiring.  almost to the point where there is no fatigue, except in the palm of my hand, and a bit on the fingers themselves.  this very cool.

only thing is, since the finger supports the arm, it's easy to get the quick lines "slurred".. somewhere between good legato and too much of it.. i guess for distinct notes i need to use some other variant of the weight idea.  not sure.

but man, all my arm's weight on my pinky is tough.  i suppose the trick is to not have the wieght on the finger all the time, but for concetrating i guess it works.  i'm just worried i've got it all wrong, and then my arms fall off or something.
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