Pedalling in the Music of J.S. Bach

Many teachers, performers and adjudicators of exam and competition students insist that because the sustain pedal did not exist on the instruments for which Bach wrote, it therefore should neither need to be used, nor be used when playing his works on the modern pianoforte. This kind of reasoning, to be consistent, could lead one to conclude that performers on the modern day pianoforte have no place playing the music of J.S. Bach on it because none of his keyboard works were written for the newly invented gravicembalo col piano e forte (the first of the keyboards that could change the volume by varying the touch). Musicians must settle this question for themselves, but assuming that the play

Anniversaries

Ten Years Ago Last month I celebrated ten years since I commenced my explorations into the Taubman Approach. When I attended Therese Milanovic’s first workshop on the Taubman Approach in July of 2008, I could never have imagined the change in direction that my playing and teaching were about to take. Although I had a ridiculously busy schedule and really didn’t have time to take lessons, I couldn’t resist exploring this approach, with its promise of playing without pain. I booked in for fortnightly lessons initially, starting in August 2008. After battling with pain at the piano and in everyday life for decades, I was overwhelmed to find out that at last there was a solution. In those first

Video: Teaching Good Technique Right From the Beginning

Teaching your students good technique sets them up for success later on at the piano. And teaching technique really doesn’t have to be dull or boring. Done well, it becomes part of every lesson as you guide the student to move with freedom and ease and help them develop 10 equally strong fingers. In this lecture from the October 2017 Piano Pedagogues Sydney Workshop, Anthony van den Broek shows how to get the fundamentals of technique into your student’s hands, right from the very beginning. In this lecture, you will find information on: How to find the right seat height and position for each student How to avoid stretchy five finger positions How to help a student feel strong on all 10 of t

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