What are your technical concerns? If you could ask Alan Fraser a question about technique, what would it be?
YouTube is a gold mine for us piano fanatics, all sorts of performances by all sorts of pianists of every possible style and ability. In these threads we take a look at some performances in the light of Craft of Piano technique and talk about the pros and cons. Welcome!
Much can be learned as well from the videos of 'us mere mortals,' pianists who love to play but who have not yet reached the Olympian Heights that the greatest have scaled. Feel free to submit a URL to your own video for comment and analysis by our forum members as well as Alan Fraser himself. We hope that these threads will become one of the most fruitful means of investigating just how the potent ideas of Craft of Piano method apply in practice.
The Alan Fraser Piano Institute is a week-long intensive where participants work for a breakthrough in their piano technique. Pianists learn as much from observing other lessons as being under the scrutiny of Alan Fraser themselves, and this thread has been set up to allow their mutual collaboration to continue over the long term. Welcome graduates, and welcome others who wish to browse this category too!
Alan Fraser teaches regularly at various venues in Europe and America. Check in here for updates on his activities so you can plan when to book your own lesson with the master!
The Craft of Piano Playing DVD was based on some of the key exercises from Alan Fraser's two books (2/3 from The Craft of Piano Playing, 1/3 from Honing the Pianistic Self-Image). He had to leave a lot out because of time constraints. Now he is planning another DVD and is deciding what to put on it. What was missing for you on the first DVD? What would YOU like most to see on the next one?
THE CRAFT OF PIANO PLAYING, published as a book by Scarecrow Press in 2003 and released on DVD in 2006 by Maple Grove Music Productions, has been hailed as the most detailed and intensive study of piano technique since Otto Ortmann. It presents a series of exercises designed to free our hands (and minds) from some of the thornier problems in classical piano technique. Have you read the book? Seen the DVD? The 9-minute online demo? What are your thoughts about it? We want to hear from you. The discussion that develops here will feed Alan Fraser's ongoing research that will eventually lead to further volumes on piano playing. And have you listened to the CD's of Alan Fraser? Kemal Gekich? Misha Datsich? Ratimir Martinovic? What do you think of this style of playing and how it relates to Craft of Piano method?
We often receive email queries from readers and viewers who have not yet found the forum. We created this category so that we can easily cut and paste the emailed question along with Alan Fraser's answer for the benefit of our forum members. We also ask writers to post their thoughts here so we can create a kind of potpourri of readers' and viewers' experiences. Feel free to add yours to the mix!
Many piano teachers are interested in the Craft of Piano approach to piano technique. In this group of threads we discuss our experiences, successes and problems in applying Alan Fraser's ideas in a teaching situation. Here we welcome general contributions on piano teaching as well.
The Feldenkrais Method ® refines the way your body learns movement by accessing the actual neuromotor processes involved in action. What's your experience of Feldenkrais? Your questions? How have you related your Feldenkrais experience to your piano playing, and how does it compare with what you see Alan Fraser doing?
Maple Grove Music Productions was formed in 2006 to promote and distribute materials related to the Craft of Piano method. We produce, market and distribute DVD's, books, CD's and music scores. Visit our online store, browse through our extensive download library, or contact us if you have a specific question. These threads will keep you updated about new releases and events related to Craft of Piano method.