Technique Day with Graham Fitch
The aim of developing and refining a piano technique is for the sole purpose of expressing our artistic image of the music we are playing - freely and without impediment. When we are coordinated and in good pianistic shape, the playing can feel effortless and enjoyable, meaning we are able to put our full attention onto communicating the musical message without worrying about our technique.
In this set of online workshops, Graham Fitch will show you various ways in which you can improve your technique, from an overview of the basic fundamentals through to incorporating forearm rotation, mastering scales & arpeggios, using exercises and studies effectively and inventing exercises from your own pieces!
The day comprises the following sessions:
11:00 – 11:45: Fundamentals of Piano Technique – Achieve physical freedom in your playing by adhering to a set of basic principles and using movements that are natural to the body.
12:00 – 12:45 Forearm Rotation – Learn how to incorporate the basic principles of forearm rotation into your playing for reduced tension, greater strength and better coordination.
13:30 – 14:15: Scales & Arpeggios – Master the technical challenges posed by scales and arpeggios plus fun and creative ways to practise and use them for a variety of purposes!
14:30 – 15:15: Using Exercises and Studies Effectively – It’s not what you do, but how you do it! Find out how to use popular studies and exercises to solve problems and improve your technique.
15:30 – 16:30: Inventing Exercises & Q&A – Discover a creative way to tackle technical challenges in pieces you’re working on by inventing exercises from them.
The workshops will take the form of online presentations and you will have the option to try out some of the concepts and exercises in the comfort of your own home during the sessions or at a later stage. There will also be opportunities for questions and answers throughout the presentations with an opportunity for general questions at the end of the day.
Who it’s for
The workshops will be suitable for pianists of all levels from beginners looking to build good technical foundations from the outset through to more advanced players seeking a refresher on the basics or to discover new ideas.
Ticket options & prices
The sessions will be recorded in our studios and all ticket holders will receive a link to view high-definition recordings after the event. Also included within the ticket price is access to a selection of Online Academy resources. Therefore, if you are unable to join us live, you will still be able to watch the workshop recordings and access the resources at your convenience thereafter.
Tickets for all five sessions cost £80 (£48 for Online Academy subscribers) and can be purchased here or by clicking the "Buy" button below.
Workshop sessions & dates
Fundamentals of Piano Technique (30 Sep 2023 @ 11:00 BST (GMT +01:00))
Forearm Rotation (30 Sep 2023 @ 12:00 BST (GMT +01:00))
Scales & Arpeggios (30 Sep 2023 @ 13:30 BST (GMT +01:00))
Using Exercises and Studies Effectively (30 Sep 2023 @ 14:30 BST (GMT +01:00))
Inventing Exercises & Q&A (30 Sep 2023 @ 15:30 BST (GMT +01:00))
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