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Adaptive Strategies for Small-Handed Pianists$
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Lora Deahl and Brenda Wristen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190616847

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190616847.001.0001

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Musical Solutions for Technical Problems

Musical Solutions for Technical Problems

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(p.202) Seven Musical Solutions for Technical Problems
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Adaptive Strategies for Small-Handed Pianists
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Lora Deahl

Brenda Wristen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190616847.003.0007

The paramount goal of musical study is to become more than a mere player of the instrument. Music is a language, and those with small hands struggle every day with central aspects of thinking and speaking in sound—how to forge a legato line from widely separated notes, how to deliver a powerful yet sonorous tone, how to voice textures spanning wide reaches of the keyboard. Small-handed pianists must thus be keenly aware of what they want to express and consider the means by which they can best communicate their thoughts, emotions, and ideas in sound. While the strategies discussed in previous chapters all describe physical interventions for counteracting challenges of small-handedness, Chapter 7 seeks answers by looking first to musical solutions, addressing issues including legato, fortissimo playing, pedaling, rhythmic inflection, tempo modification, rubato, voicing, and gestural shaping.

Keywords:   small-hands, musical solutions, legato, fortissimo, pedal, rhythmic inflection, tempo, rubato, voicing, shaping

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