By Abby Whiteside
Abby Whiteside (1881-1956) constructed a progressive method of piano process, the belief of a "basic rhythm" regarding the whole physique that permits scholars to specific the fundamental emotional rhythm of the track, in addition to to play with out the danger of the wounds that regularly afflict pianists. Her principles on piano pedagogy stay crucial this day.
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Page 23 4 A Simple Statement of Activity in Torso and Arms. An Explanation of Terms Used in Relation to a Specific Action All action involves bones and muscles. The bony structurethe resistive elementmakes the action of muscles effective. Muscles contract and relaxnothing more. They act in areas and not in the isolated manner of the strings which manipulate a marionette. The torso functions in two ways, never unrelated for the pianist: a. As a part of the fundamental rhythm. b. As the fulcrum for the full arm.
A primary difficulty in piano playing is making this physical relationship realistic and clearly identifiable. But that is only because there is a welter of established methods dealing with proper ways of hitting the keys, and no such preponderance of emphasis on how to deal with and develop an emotional rhythm. Even when key hitting does not have any relation to the production of dynamics, as in the case of the harpsichord or the organ, it still receives all too much emphasis. And the activity which deals with creating a fundamental rhythmtop arms and the activity against chair seatisn't recognized as a crucial factor in playing.
Kathryn L. Shanks Libin Vassar College Department of Music Abby Whiteside's contribution is enormous. Her holistic approach to technique and music making calls for matching a centrally controlled physical continuity to an intensely heard mapping of the basic undulating impetus of music. Starting with the whole, she brilliantly fits in the details. Forty years, these ideas are just as original, modern, and rewarding as ever. What a joy it is to see them available to the present generation of serious pianists and students.
Abby Whiteside on Piano Playing : Indispensables of Piano Playing - Mastering the Chopin Etudes and Other Essays by Abby Whiteside