Natural Fingering A Topographical Approach to Pianism

ISBN-10: 019978163X

ISBN-13: 9780199781638

Edition: 2nd 2012

Authors: Jon Verbalis

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Though incomplete at the time of his death in 1849, Chopin's Projet de méthode was nonetheless revolutionary in many respects. But with his Fundamental Pattern, Chopin announced the recognition, if not discovery, of the keyboard's extraordinary topographical symmetry and postulated a core formulation for a new "pianistic" pedagogy. More than a hundred years later the now-legendary Heinrich Neuhaus would passionately plead for this pedagogy and a pianism rooted in it.Natural Fingeringexplores this remarkable symmetry, significantly as it sheds light on fingering matters for the now vast catalogue of repertoire. It also examines the revolutionary impact of equal temperament on compositional key choice as well as the liberating influence of Charles Eschmann-Dumur's unique discoveries regarding symmetrical inversion.Principles for a topographically-based fingering strategy are developed that reflect a surprising compatibility of this fixed symmetrical organization with the most efficient biokinetic capabilities of the pianist's playing mechanism. Previously neglected or overlooked technical aspects of pianism are addressed as they relate to movement in keyboard space generally as well as fingering specifically.Symmetrical fingerings for all the fundamental forms are presented in innovative, instructive format. The reader will also find an unusually extensive, in-depth discussion of double note challenges. Answering Neuhaus's call for the reappraisal of a certain pedagogical status quo, several chapters are devoted to the relevant implications of Chopin's Fundamental Pattern. The author also advances guidelines for a progressive implementation of natural fingering principles from the very start, as well as "retooling" for teachers and students alike. Of special note are the cross-hand major and minor scales for the earliest stages, in which the necessity of thumb under/hand over pivoting actions is eliminated.Natural Fingeringis the first comprehensive discussion of fingering solutions for pianists since Hummel's monumental treatise of 1828. The book is complemented by a companion website where readers can access excerpts from the repertoire with fingering solutions, read extended discussions, and download comprehensive lists of scales with appropriate fingerings.
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List price: $35.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/4/2012
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 8.50" wide x 11.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.562
Language: English

About the Companion Website
Fundamental Forms as Foundation
The Major Scales
The Major Connection and Minor Scales
Chords, Arpeggios and Extended Harmonies
Other Scale Fingerings; Chromatic-Diatonic Compounds
Core Topographies and Rational Solutions
The Double Note Challenge
Double Thirds: An Overview in an Evolutionary Context
Toward a More Rational Fingering for Double Notes
Double Sixths and Other Double Notes
Topography, Strategy and Symmetry
Fundamental Strategies
Fundamental Principles for a Natural Fingering
Topography, Symmetry and Lines of Action
The Topographical Advantage: Explorations in Keyboard Space
Topography and Pedagogy
From the Beginning
Topography and Tonality
Early Repertoire
Intimations of Symmetry
Chopin's Pattern as Fundamental Tool
Retooling and Repertoire
Subject Index
Available Online at
Excerpts from the Repertoire for Chapters 1-8, 11 and 14
Single Note Diatonic Scales: the Major Forms
Single Note Diatonic Scales: the Minor Forms
The Arpeggios
Historical Fingerings for the Chromatic Scale
Diatonic Double Third Fingerings: An Evolution
The Chromatic Scale in Double Notes
Double Third Diatonic Scales: The Major and Minor Forms
Double Sixth Diatonic Scales: The Major and Minor Forms
E. Robert Schmitz: Six Fundamental Principles of Training
Technical Aspects of a Natural Pianism
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