Paraphrasing, Abby tells one to have a laundry list of memorized items – things to think about ” right” upon first taking the piano stance. Lets make that list
here is my list – as it comes to my mind.
we have to skip. Just as we did when 10 years of age.
Stand in front of the piano; don’t sit. Stand with feet apart, some 18 inchs. Put most of your weight on your heels.
Two. Swing and Sway
1. we are going to swing the right arm while crooked. Crooked just means the top and forearm are in the startup playing stance! If standing, the logical piano keyboard is a little higher than normal!
2. The crooked arm should looks very much like the letter L, seen from the side. Check it with a iphone photo taken by a friend.
3. We shall swing the arm like that swinging ship ride at six flags theme park (imagery). The right elbow tip is the ship subject to the swing.
4. missing pictures
5. See https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=Pirate+Ship+Ride&&view=detail&mid=262254890A0D9E902BC1262254890A0D9E902BC1&&FORM=VRDGAR
6. So, swing the ship back, with elbow tip out and back – at the “top of the (back)swing”. You get there using the same motion you use to (slow motion) elbow someone in the stomach, if holding you from behind
7. let the ship now swing down and forward – by releasing the shoulder holding the ship up at the top of the swing.
8. as it swings down, pull in in the elbow such that it slaps the torso at about the hips. It should do this at “the bottom” of the swing. The swing is thus a kind of cross-body swing. The torso should react under the small impact by swaying the hips. Let them sway until the torso comes back into balance and has “absorbed the tiny impact”
9. After the slap (at the bottom of the swing), continue swinging forward. This happens in parallel with the swaying of the hips.
10. Swing back and forth lots of times, each time causing the torso to sway and rebalance.
i. On the forward swing, play 1-2-3-4-5
ii. On the backward swing, play 1-2-3 only. Don’t play 5-4-3-2-1 (even though its feels right)
Three. Play a drum roll of fingers
1. With the right thumb aimed at f, play at the bottom of the swing.
2. The thumb should hit the key at the bottom of the swing.
i. The thumb strikes at the bottom when landing on the forward swing.
ii. The thumb strikes at the bottom when landing on the backswing.
iii. This is just “in and out”. Note in and out is swinging (in and out, back and forth).
1) Note we play 1-2-3 whether we are the bottom of n back swing or the bottom of the fore swing.
3. Each finger should land as the swing continues BEYOND the bottom, as the swing is coming up from bottom. It should be a rat-a-tat machine gun sound when all fingers are done. Ba-ba-bum for the back swing (fingers 1-2-3) and ba-ba-ba-bum for the fore swing (fingers 1-2-3-4)
Four. Add elbow arcs (= wristcircles)
1. Now do the cross-body swing again, starting as above.
2. Be conscious that your shoulder muscles are actively moving your elbow from its elbow-out location to its elbow-in position (as it slaps the torso)
i. This plays you the fore swing 1-2-3-4
3. Now reverse that on the back swing
i. This plays you the back swing 1-2-3
ii. Goes from the elbow-in to elbow-out (as you do complete the back swinging).
iii. Be conscious that your shoulder muscles are actively moving your elbow from its elbow-in location to its elbow-out position (as it slaps the torso of your duet partner on the same piano bench)
4. If you can think elbow in/out (distinct from in and out, as used by Abby)
Five. Now think scales
1. Start the swingin process AT the far end of the swing
i. (do a pretend fore swing to get there, f you want)
2. Perform a 1-2-3 backswing…
3. And as you reach the limit of the backswing, actively “push” a foreswing.
i. This “continues” the 1-2-3 (already played) with another 1-2-3-4
ii. Of course there is tiny time gap between 3 (end of 1-2-3) and (start of 1-2-3-4).
Six. Start skipping!
1. Do the above lots of times, one after the other.
2. You should feel a skip (in your arm), like you skipped as a kid with your hips and legs.
3. Skip along the octaves of a 4-octave scale!
At the last skip *as you “turn” to come back skipping down the octaves, change 1-2-3-4 to 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1