Welcome to the Piano World Piano Forums
Over 2 million posts about pianos, digital pianos, and all types of keyboard instruments
Join the World's Largest Community of Piano Lovers (it's free)
It's Fun to Play the Piano ... Please Pass It On!

SEARCH
the Forums & Piano World

This custom search works much better than the built in one and allows searching older posts.
(ad 125) Sweetwater - Digital Keyboards & Other Gear
Digital Pianos at Sweetwater
(ad) Pianoteq
Latest Pianoteq add-on instrument: U4 upright piano
(ad) Pearl River
Pearl River Pianos
(ad) P B Guide
Acoustic & Digital Piano Guide
PianoSupplies.com (150)
Piano Accessories Music Related Gifts Piano Tuning Equipment Piano Moving Equipment
We now offer Gift Certificates in our online store!
(ad) Estonia Piano
Estonia Piano
Quick Links to Useful Stuff
Our Classified Ads
Find Piano Professionals-

*Piano Dealers - Piano Stores
*Piano Tuners
*Piano Teachers
*Piano Movers
*Piano Restorations
*Piano Manufacturers
*Organs

Quick Links:
*Advertise On Piano World
*Free Piano Newsletter
*Online Piano Recitals
*Piano Recitals Index
*Piano Accessories
* Buying a Piano
*Buying A Acoustic Piano
*Buying a Digital Piano
*Pianos for Sale
*Sell Your Piano
*How Old is My Piano?
*Piano Books
*Piano Art, Pictures, & Posters
*Directory/Site Map
*Contest
*Links
*Virtual Piano
*Music Word Search
*Piano Screen Saver
*Piano Videos
*Virtual Piano Chords
Topic Options
#1775574 - 10/23/11 09:16 AM Relaxed staccato
SwissMS Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 01/09/11
Posts: 694
Loc: Switzerland
Hello All,
I am an expat living in Switzerland and have been following the forum for a long time. I played as a child, then started playing again in 2006. I played through the Alfred Adult books and then entry level Chopin Nocturnes, Lisst, and Debussey, but my theory knowledge was seriously lacking. I had a 1 1/2 year hiatus from piano when we moved to Europe, because I had no piano, and I was busy trying to learn German! Now, I have a new Avant Grand N2, and I am starting over with a new teacher. I have started with the new Alfred's Premier series at level 4, and I love it! There are three books with CD's: Lesson, Performance, and Theory; and so far I love the variety of music. I skated through the Adult all in one books back in 2006, and I just didn't really learn enough. This time, I am taking it more slowly, but I think I am retaining more.

Yesterday in my lesson, I learned that I have been playing staccato less effectively than I thought. I am working on several pieces that have a mix of legato and staccato, such as Alberti bass with staccato. It seems I have very stiff wrists playing staccato. I just can't seem to get the bounce at the wrist. Either I play finger staccato or the whole arm gets involved. Because my wrists are stiff, my speed is limited. Know any helpful exercises?


Edited by SwissMS (10/23/11 09:24 AM)
_________________________


Top
(ads P/S)

Petrof Pianos

#1775714 - 10/23/11 02:11 PM Re: Relaxed staccato [Re: SwissMS]
Brian Lucas Offline
500 Post Club Member

Registered: 09/04/11
Posts: 951
Welcome back to piano! I'm sure your teacher will be giving you some good exercises to help you relax your wrist (and arm/fingers). A teacher is the best resources because they can observe your playing and give you specific things to work on.

Having said that, something I find helpful is to practice on a hard surface, like a table. I'm sure you've tapped your fingers on a table without even thinking about it. And without tension. If this is the case, just try to apply that same feeling to playing the piano.
_________________________
-Brian
BM in Performance, Berklee College of Music, 21+ year teacher and touring musician
My Downloadable Video Piano Lessons
My Sight Reading eBook
My Music

Top
#1775818 - 10/23/11 05:51 PM Re: Relaxed staccato [Re: SwissMS]
Andy Platt Offline
2000 Post Club Member

Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2375
Loc: Virginia, USA
A couple of exercises my teacher gave me which have been very helpful:

Hold your arms loose by your sides. Using one arm push the other up about halfway down the forearm. Make sure the only thing keeping that arm up is your other hand. Remove the hand - your arm should flop down. It probably won't because of the tension so learn to feel it and get rid of it. For the wrist, specifically, you should make sure your hand hangs limp as you raise the arm up.

Do very slow scales. On each key really really relax the wrist so your whole arm goes down and bounces back up. Have exaggerated (but "real", not "fake") up and down movements of your hand.

It takes a long time to get rid of the tension but it's so worth it (and I'm not rid of it yet, just a lot further down the road).
_________________________
  • Liszt - Liebesträume No. 3, S541
  • Scarlatti - Sonata in D minor, K. 213

Kawai K3

Top
#1776547 - 10/24/11 08:36 PM Re: Relaxed staccato [Re: SwissMS]
ChopinAddict Offline
6000 Post Club Member

Registered: 08/29/09
Posts: 6095
Loc: Land of the never-ending music
You could also try "Freeing the Caged Bird" by Barbara Lister-Sink.
Welcome back to the wonderful world of piano playing!
_________________________



Music is my best friend.


Top

Moderator:  BB Player, casinitaly 
What's Hot!!
LAST CALL - Piano Newsletter Ideas!
-------------------
HOW TO POST PICTURES on the Piano Forums
-------------------
Sharing is Caring!
About the Buttons
-------------------
Forums Rules & Help
-------------------
ADVERTISE
on Piano World

The world's most popular piano web site.
Ad (Seiler/Knabe)
Seiler Pianos
(ad) HAILUN Pianos
Hailun Pianos - Click for More
Sheet Music
(PW is an affiliate)
Sheet Music Plus Featured Sale
(125ad) Dampp Chaser
Dampp Chaser Piano Life Saver
(ad) Lindeblad Piano
Lindeblad Piano Restoration
Who's Online
80 registered (AZNpiano, AndrewJCW, BB Player, andwi, 26 invisible), 1296 Guests and 24 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Forum Stats
75498 Members
42 Forums
156116 Topics
2292548 Posts

Max Online: 15252 @ 03/21/10 11:39 PM
New Topics - Multiple Forums
Franz Liszt - Un Sospiro
by sislermi
07/24/14 02:42 AM
Need advice on buying a Yamaha Disklavier
by Lady
07/24/14 01:17 AM
Surge protection?
by TX-Bluebonnet
07/24/14 12:01 AM
Opening up an old Piano
by musicNow
07/23/14 11:11 PM
Unusual Big Key Depth Yamaha Motif Xs7
by Ivan Jochner
07/23/14 10:55 PM
(ads by Google)

Visit our online store for gifts for music lovers

 
Our Piano Related Classified Ads
| Dealers | Tuners | Lessons | Movers | Restorations | Pianos For Sale | Sell Your Piano |

Advertise on Piano World
| Subscribe | Piano World | PianoSupplies.com | Advertise on Piano World | Donate | Link to Us | Classifieds |
| |Contact | Privacy | Legal | About Us | Site Map | Free Newsletter | Press Room |


copyright 1997 - 2014 Piano World ® all rights reserved
No part of this site may be reproduced without prior written permission