ALAN FRASER'S TEACHING
Alan Fraser writes,
"My teaching is very much 'hands-on.' Your sound improves when your connection to the piano is more organic - in
Feldenkrais terms, free from parasitic contraction. Both stiffness and relaxation are superceded by vitality,
where you are actively engaged in producing a sculpted, resonant, expressive sonority. You will learn the functional
components of this movement style through the lectures, through listening, and through explanation - how to link musical
conception to physical organization. At times I explain with a touch that senses and guides without intruding,
fluidly joining your hand to the key for a tone both rich and immediate.
'My experience in both piano and Feldenkrais helps my ear and eye ferret out hidden points of tension or weakness that
prevent you from creating this sound. Seeing the hand as a mini-body - the fingers as legs, the metacarpal-phalangeal joint
as a hip joint, the hand as a pelvis, and the arm as a torso that breathes - helps me pinpoint where your hand fails to stand,
walk, run and jump effectively on the keys. Seeing the shoulder as a hip joint helps connect the hand through to the whole
body, whose dynamic sitting supports the hand in its empowered relation to the key.
'The physical focus never loses touch with the music. Each physical strategy has an affect on the sound and phrase shape, the
musical and emotional expression. Mapping the movement of your physical structure onto the musical structure, you move better
while mastering musical content more effectively."
All these activities are led by Alan Fraser.
In institutes shorter than the full week, the same transformative intensity will be brought to bear on your piano technique.
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