Piano Playing Tips. The Intoning Technique and the Illusion of Legato





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Published on Aug 6, 2012

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In this video tutorial, I show you how to master one of the most powerful expressive techniques used in the Russian piano school: Piano Intonation or Intoning on the Piano. It will help you to create a beautiful legato and an expressive, singing piano tone - taking your performance to a new quality level.

Video highlights:
01:03. The piano and its 'magic' properties.
02:04. What makes string or wind instruments so expressive?
02:37. What is legato?
03:06. The hammer-and-string construction of the piano and its 'fading sound' particularity.
03:40. What really happens when we try to play legato on the piano?
04:27. Tip No. 1: Play with your arms, not only with your fingers!
06:01. Tip No. 2: Make sure that your key attack is gradual and relaxed.
06:40. Tip No. 3: Keep your wrist flexible.
08:17. Tip No. 4: The 'walking arm' technique.
10:32. Tip No. 5: the core of the intoning technique: Horizontal Wrist Navigation.
12:45. Tip No. 6: Learn how to manipulate the sound intensity.
13:58. Tip No. 7: Hear, imagine, anticipate!
15:03. Practice!
15:56. Conclusion.
16:57. Piano intonation is NOT a technique for advanced students!
17:17. ... and a little advice!

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