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By Eric Hope

ISBN-10: 140676647X

ISBN-13: 9781406766479

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Then we to produce, we by means shall have technique the ability of physical movements, the exact sounds require. When we are learning a new movement or are applying our existing technique to unfamiliar passages (as in the learning of a new piece), our actions must be made as deliberately and consciously as possible. With repetition, movements tend to become automatic, to need less conscious thought for their direction, until, after a prolonged period of repetition, they may, if we allow it, seem almost to 'perform themselves' with- out conscious thought.

Cannot be produced with notes this tone colour belongs to the a 'growling* effect, such as would only be possible in the rk* Concerto ia A 'singing* tone of very high or very low pitch : middle four octaves or so. And the following example needs, lower register: Am c Here, in order to produce an appropriate growF, we must play with a legato touch and with a well graded crescendo over a wide range of intensity. The pedal, as we shall see in Section VI can help too. 35 A HANDBOOK OF PIANO PLAYING Sometimes colours in the it is necessary to produce two contrasting tone as in this example : same hand, Sonata Op.

In a 'dead' hall (one with little or no resonance) a more lavish use of the pedal will be necessary. Only by experience, and by renewed listening on the occasion of each performance, can we deal satisfactorily with such problems. And now for a few words on the use of the soft pedal. In the horizontal or grand piano all the hammers, together with the entire keyboard, are moved slightly to the right when the soft pedal is depressed. In this position the hammers strike two strings instead of the three which are tuned to each note in the case of the middle and upper registers, and one string 48 PEDALLING two in the case of notes of lower pitch.

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