Lessons tagged with 'Arch'

How to grow the arch if I have small hands

Tiny adjustments are needed even if you have small hands

Alan Fraser
Jun 30, 2023

Why is the hand arch so important?

Kind of a rudimentary question but often neglected.

Alan Fraser
Mar 6, 2023

The piano hand arch

Through the lense of Feldenkrais

Alan Fraser
Aug 30, 2022

The arch is the source of all your tone colorations

Not only that but the very solid foundation on what you should base your piano technique

Alan Fraser
Jan 29, 2021

By growing the arch as you create your sound

You are giving yourself completely different sonority

Alan Fraser
Jan 26, 2021

A growing hand arch even in octaves

Pianimals teachers exercise 27

Alan Fraser
Aug 23, 2020

One Fundamental Idea that will Change Your Piano Technique

Something so simple but not taught well

Alan Fraser
Sep 30, 2018

There is no Drop

One of the biggest problems in modern piano pedagogy, often not taught the right way

Alan Fraser
Sep 28, 2018

Hand of a Jazz Player Needs to be Active Too

And that goes for everything you play

Alan Fraser
May 31, 2018

Curling of Nail Joints

Is curling the nail joints or fingers weakening arches of the hand?

Alan Fraser
May 3, 2018

Addicted to the Sense of Being in Balance

Where is the keystone of the arch? Second MCP or the wrist?

Alan Fraser
Dec 22, 2017

Flexion-Extension and Unstable Equilibrium

The first cardinal direction and a way to play by extending the fingers instead of curling them

Alan Fraser
Nov 23, 2017

Why Do We Need to Straighten the Thumb

When the thunb stands well, the fingers can move freely

Alan Fraser
Oct 2, 2017

Balancing All the Down Forces with up Forces

Perceiving more "up" than "down"

Alan Fraser
Sep 10, 2017
Alan Fraser
Sep 6, 2017

Keeping the Angle the Same

The structure needs to be elastified

Alan Fraser
Jul 31, 2017

The Arch of the Hand is Always Elastically Loaded

Extreme Voicing opens up he sound of the piano, and the arch should be elastic

Alan Fraser
Jul 21, 2017

If We Grasp We Instantly Have the Arch Structure of the Hand

Use the arch and nullify the uglu down forces and get the healty tone

Alan Fraser
Jul 19, 2017

Lesson II-3-Handy Harry Slipping and Sliding

Slipping and sliding exercise, fourth arch of the hand, metacarpals

Alan Fraser
May 8, 2017

Russian Piano Pressure School

Preassure technique and elastic raction

Alan Fraser
Jan 14, 2017

Four Types of Arches

Alan talks about different types of arches of the hand and grasping

Alan Fraser
Jan 11, 2017

Biotensegrity in service of Arch and Elasticity

We have talked about biotensegrity before and now it's time we put it to work

Alan Fraser
Dec 19, 2016

Practical Examples of Piano Pedagogy Part 2

Developing a functional hand arch early on is a must

Alan Fraser
Dec 16, 2016

Practical Examples of Piano Pedagogy Part 1

Alan dealing with a student who overused the arm and could not play legato

Alan Fraser
Dec 13, 2016

Human and Piano Walking

Another element of effective piano technique - walking

Alan Fraser
Dec 10, 2016

In Contact with the Keys

We are talking about palms and metacarpals (MCP)

Alan Fraser
Nov 5, 2016

Rubinstein Arch

Alan is building student's arch from the ground up in a few steps

Alan Fraser
Nov 3, 2016

The Right Kind of Movement

Muscles, hand, arch, movement

Alan Fraser
Oct 31, 2016

The Right Kind of Movement

Muscles, hand, arch, movement

Alan Fraser
Oct 31, 2016

Pronation-Supination and the Hand Muscles

Deeging deeper in the hand function and movement, interossei, MCP

Alan Fraser
Oct 29, 2016

Arch and Rotation

Asked during AFF Institute in Montreal, France - Asked by: Cosima

Alan Fraser
Oct 27, 2016

Fixing Up The Collapsed Thumb Part 1

An amazing lesson on thumb, must see!

Alan Fraser
Aug 3, 2016

Do not Let Your Arch Go

We are talking about the importance of maintaining a good arch structure via Rachmaninoff E minor Musical Moment.

Alan Fraser
Jun 16, 2016

The Difference Between Falling Down and Standing Up

Alan talks about the dome of the hand, harpsichord technique and touch

Alan Fraser
May 2, 2016

Liszt-Wilde Jagd Part 2

In part 2 we continue working on the opening and that great roaring sound

Alan Fraser
Apr 29, 2016

Clamped Thumb and The Flat Structure

Alan talks about the flat but active structure and the thumb

Alan Fraser
Apr 20, 2016

Smooth Scales

Alan helps a student iron out his scales

Alan Fraser
Apr 14, 2016

Movable Structure

The importance of movable structure when playing the piano

Alan Fraser
Mar 23, 2016

Scarlatti K 141

Alan talks about Suzuki method, cat scratch motion, curly fingers and repeated notes

Alan Fraser
Mar 21, 2016

Drop and Stand

Functional standing that gives us the quality tone

Alan Fraser
Mar 14, 2016

The Importance of Standing

Alan stresses the importance of standing hand from a young age

Alan Fraser
Mar 11, 2016

Basic Function of the Hand

Alex just had his first lesson with Alan. He learns how to use his hands efficiently

Alan Fraser
Mar 1, 2016

Equal and Opposite Reaction for Better Structure

Application of Newton's third law on hand's structure

Alan Fraser
Feb 22, 2016

Action Which Generates the Physical Connection

Alan talks about the importance of good connection and how to make it happen

Alan Fraser
Jan 27, 2016

Thumb and the Rest of the Hand

Asked by: hadarmo2

Alan Fraser
Jan 2, 2016

Rotation in Scales and Leaps

Alan talks about scales and leaps and gives examples from the literature

Alan Fraser
Dec 23, 2015

Rotation and Counter Rotation for a Healthy Hand

Alan talks about remedial effects rotation has on piano technique as well as rotation in scales

Alan Fraser
Dec 21, 2015

Left Hand - Chopin Black Keys Etude

Alan gives useful pointers ofor left hand in Chopin's black keys etude

Alan Fraser
Dec 16, 2015

Rotation vs Swiveling in Arpeggios

Alan taks about rotation and swiveling and touches on Taubman method too

Alan Fraser
Dec 9, 2015

Business About the Straight Thumb

On thumb and the arch via Chopin

Alan Fraser
Dec 7, 2015

Light Walk and the Arch

Asked by: Mel02

Alan Fraser
Nov 13, 2015

Proactive Hand

We talk about the arch, the thumb, standing up and proactive hand

Alan Fraser
Oct 27, 2015

Arches of the Hand Revisited Part 1

Intro lecture of the Smith 2015 Institute

Alan Fraser
Oct 19, 2015

Solidify the Structure Through the Movement

The effects strengthening of the hand has on speed and movement

Alan Fraser
Oct 7, 2015

Trouble with the Arch and Arm Feldenkrais

Alan works on student's arch.

Alan Fraser
Sep 18, 2015

Alive Sound

Alan talks about the arch, arm weight, how to make sound alive

Alan Fraser
Sep 7, 2015

On Structure - Standing - Pressure

Lots of things going on in this lesson. Alan mainly talks about hand structure and function

Alan Fraser
Sep 4, 2015

Chopin - Etude Op.10 No.1 - Fatigue Part 1

Alan talks about arch, fatigue..

Alan Fraser
Aug 11, 2015

The Lady with Horowitz Hands Part 2

Elena and Alan are working on her connection with the piano

Alan Fraser
Jul 19, 2015

The Lady with Horowitz Hands Part 1

Has anybody ever told you your hands looks like??

Alan Fraser
Jul 12, 2015

Slow Hand Exercises Part 1

A follow up lesson where Alan and Will practice core principles like the arch on slow excercises

Alan Fraser
Jun 21, 2015

Maiden's Wish Part 2

Alan and Lars are talking about the arch and hand structure

Alan Fraser
Feb 22, 2015

Bach - Ich ruf zu dir Chroral Prelude Part 1

Alan is demonstrating the importance of a good arch

Alan Fraser
Feb 4, 2015

Bach - C Major Fugue WTK 1 Part 2

Alan is trying to figure out where and how exactly is students hand falling down

Alan Fraser
Jan 16, 2015

Mozart - Sonata KV 330 1st mvt Part 1

On collapaed arch and stage fright via Mozart sonata

Alan Fraser
Jan 12, 2015

Lecture on the Thumb - Ottawa 2014 Part 1

When thumb is trying to oppose itself to the hand, it drwas itself into right relationship with the hand

Alan Fraser
Aug 5, 2014

Ballade in g minor Op. 23 Part 1

Arch of the hand, bench height, a short history lesson on piano technique. Great lesson!

Alan Fraser
May 26, 2014

Mozart Sonata Kv 332 1st Mvt Part 2

Arm movements in the service of music

Alan Fraser
May 13, 2014

Mozart Sonata Kv 332 1st Mvt Part 1

From a masterclass in 2012

Alan Fraser
May 12, 2014