Chopin’s hand waving

Taubman was reportedly famous for fearing that wrong teaching of her take on virtuoso piano technique would damage the otherwise injury free intermediate student.

Taught wrong, or learned wrong, the elation of grasping just what is meant by Chopin’s flowing wave contrasts with the forearm pain that builds up rapidly.

If you induce the standing wave – think science – from the wrist you perform exactly the movements that induce injury.

If you induce the wave across the knuckles of the hand, it all works. You have both grasped and perfected the chopin hand (not wrist) wave. A throwaway line in an excellent phd dissertation alerted me yo the right/wrong wave mechanics.

Im enjoying university styled pedagological piano learning – books plus thinking and reasoning from controlled experimentation – vs follow some piano performer blindly.


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