How to do Cortot exercises

Alan goes through a set of Alfred Cortot's exercises from the Rational Principles of Pianoforte Technique


person Alan Fraser

video_library 9 Episodes

schedule 37 minutes 29 seconds

Updated: 3 years ago


Episode 1

Neurological mechanisms make our actions smooth

And we don't really think about it in our day to day activities

access_time5 minutes 5 seconds


Episode 2

Thumb flexion is not good for your hand

Thumb can move in three different ways but we don't want to flex it really

access_time4 minutes 59 seconds


Episode 3

Clarify the difference between the standing and touching function

Like the Tai Chi empty step

access_time3 minutes 56 seconds


Episode 4

Finger islation is totallty anti functional

In independence, there is always inter dependence

access_time5 minutes 44 seconds


Episode 5

If the arm freezes, it's game over

Everybody wants to over secure but tense up. Arm needs to be in motion all the time

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Episode 6

Awaken the main part of the hand

Forget holding an apple, supination does not let your hand fall down

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Episode 7

Stretching and rotation

access_time4 minutes 22 seconds


Episode 8

My arm moves me through the phrase

We need to be well balanced when playing the piano, no other way.

access_time3 minutes 52 seconds


Episode 9

Increasing the horizontal stretch

You hands might be small but you can still stretch them

access_time2 minutes 50 seconds