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Smoother Piano Playing Using a Practice Technique from Glenn Gould

revolutionary technique methods Mar 01, 2023
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Who doesn’t want smoother piano playing?!

One of my favorite techniques for smoother piano playing comes from the infamous Glenn Gould. 

If you don't know who Glenn Gould is – he's an incredibly famous concert pianist from the 20th century whose performances of box music in particular are held in high esteem and he was an astounding musician.

One of my favorite teachers from undergrad taught me this technique that Glenn Gould would often use. 

It works to help you play:

  • A little bit faster 
  • A little bit cleaner
  • It gives you an overall crisp sound!

The technique is called finger tapping and there are a couple of different ways that you can use it. 

Watch this video to learn exactly how to do the method and how to apply it to your pieces. 

There are a couple of things you need to keep in mind in order to have success with this technique. 

  1. We want to keep our fingers nice and rounded on the edge of the keys in the proper piano alignment and if you're not sure what that means, watch this video that talks all about piano alignment.

  2. We want to be as precise as possible. We are using proper fingers and we're not just making it up as we go.

  3. We're making sure that every single motion that we make is very specific and very intentional so that we get the correct sound and the correct feel if we approach this practice.

If you do this mindlessly and haphazardly, it will not work and it might even make the passage that you're working on a little bit worse - so make sure to check out the video to ensure you get it down the right way!

Watch this video here!

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