Lessons tagged with 'Sound'

Piano Somatics: Why "How" You Play the Piano Affects the Musical Result

Alan shows how a standing hand at the piano leads to all sorts of improvement in sound quality and musicianship

Alan Fraser
May 27, 2024

Piano Somatics & Tai Chi Chuan

Alan explores the interesting overlap between the distinct walking patterns of Tai Chi and the hand producing improved sound at the keyboard

Alan Fraser
May 5, 2024

This is pure sound

Arm weight with arm skeleton

Alan Fraser
Apr 29, 2023

Two hour piano lesson on one note

Piano is a percussion instrument. What kind of sound we get back depents of a kind of touch we provide

Alan Fraser
Mar 27, 2023

Arm weight technique can actually sound very well

It also depends on what kind of sound you are going for

Alan Fraser
Mar 7, 2023

Why is the hand arch so important?

Kind of a rudimentary question but often neglected.

Alan Fraser
Mar 6, 2023

How should you actually play forte?

Drop weight or stand up?

Alan Fraser
Mar 2, 2023

What about articulations or orchestration while playing the piano?

Alan is taking ideas from Feldenkrais and applying it to piano technique

Alan Fraser
Jan 25, 2023

Sound of the skeleton

This feeling has to become a second nature when playing the piano

Alan Fraser
Jan 5, 2023

Why do I have sound?

Part 3 - Rachmaninov Prelude Op.32 No.12 in G sharp minor

Alan Fraser
Nov 10, 2022

You be the conductor

Guild your forearm as if you were conducting an orchestra

Alan Fraser
May 3, 2022

Agile wrist and forearm

Using the wrist to inflect the music, to form the music

Alan Fraser
Apr 13, 2021

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

Elastic vibrations

and it's not done with curled fingers

Alan Fraser
Jan 20, 2021

Have your sound instantly

Wrist and strength adjustment for the instant great sound

Alan Fraser
Jan 6, 2021

The physical organisation can make your sound

The wrist always wants to be the important one, let the MCP do the work

Alan Fraser
Dec 31, 2020

The physical organisation can make your sound

The wrist always wants to be the important one, let the MCP do the work

Alan Fraser
Dec 31, 2020

Authoritative snapping sound

Character of the music dictates the touch

Alan Fraser
Dec 28, 2020

Big sound in Rachmaninoff prelude in C sharp minor Op. 3 No. 2

An hour long lesson on this prelude with emphasis on big sound

Alan Fraser
Oct 18, 2020

Get rid of the "down", especially in forte

Pianimals teachers exercise 26

Alan Fraser
Aug 19, 2020

Feel the wholebody

The body is moving and floating freely and the sound is great

Alan Fraser
Mar 30, 2020

Moving Whole Body to Move the Sound

Slide is the reflection of the horizontal nature of the tone. Do not lock your body

Alan Fraser
Dec 20, 2019

Let the Melody Play You

Two way exchange between the player and piano is what we are after

Alan Fraser
Nov 10, 2019

Move the Sound

Send the energy in the right way

Alan Fraser
Nov 6, 2019

Controlling the keyboard and sound production

We are talking about the controlling the keyboard and sound production and Alan claims it all happens before we even play

Alan Fraser
Aug 10, 2019

Amazingly Focused Lead Sound

Ever wondered if something was missing in your playing but you couldn't pin it down?

Alan Fraser
Jun 30, 2019

Jazz Piano - Improve Structure to Improve Sound

Alan is explaining how to create open, singing sound

Alan Fraser
May 31, 2019

Are You Doing Everything You Could

to make your conception actually sound

Alan Fraser
Apr 14, 2019

Real Debussy-Strange Combination of Static and Moving

Exploration of the sound is incredibly important piece of the puzzle.

Alan Fraser
Jan 13, 2019

Slowing Down the Keys and Making Big Sound

A special technique for not only more articulate playing but really healthy sound as well

Alan Fraser
Oct 12, 2018

Magical Moments that Matter

Series wrapup. And we also talk about that magic in sound that means a difference

Kemal Gekic
Jul 7, 2018

More Vibrant Sound

And the hand organisation that allows it

Alan Fraser
Jun 18, 2018

It Needs to Sound

No matter what you think about the music or the score, it really needs to sound/resonate/vibrate..

Kemal Gekic
May 27, 2018

Feel the Melody Pulsing

Asked by: ingela

Alan Fraser
May 7, 2018

Rich and Powerful Sound With Arm Weight Technique

Alan explains the real mechanics behind the arm weight technique

Alan Fraser
Apr 24, 2018

Feel the Vibration of the Key

Expression arises out of physical relationship with the piano

Alan Fraser
Jan 16, 2018

Stay Supinated and Elasticised

We are working on left hand arpeggios

Alan Fraser
Jan 2, 2018

Massive Sound in Liszt without Banging

Liszt-WIlde Jagt-Transcendental Etude

Alan Fraser
Dec 14, 2017

The Whole Structure of the Piece

We are talking about the structure and Kemal points out that everything played must really sound well

Kemal Gekic
Dec 6, 2017

Is Over Relaxtion Limiting Your Sound

Structured vs relaxed hand and the sound we get (bone connections

Alan Fraser
Nov 7, 2017

Good Rhythm Makes Everything Sound Alive

Go to the hypermeasure without losing any of the subordinate rhythmic patterns

Alan Fraser
Nov 5, 2017

Mystery Hidden in the Layers of Sound

We are moving through the piece and talking about the sound differentation, layers

Kemal Gekic
Oct 26, 2017

The First Fundamental Requirement - Good Sound

Alan talks about the beginning of his work with Kemal

Alan Fraser
Oct 23, 2017

Ondine - The Grammar of Touch

Book II, Prelude No. 8

Alan Fraser
Oct 6, 2017

Balancing All the Down Forces with up Forces

Perceiving more "up" than "down"

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

Getting All the Colors We Need out of the Piano

No weight of the arm interfering with "dancing" with the notes

Alan Fraser
Aug 25, 2017

How to get Big Sound at the Piano

Working with the keys, not against them and making the strings vibrate the right way

Alan Fraser
Aug 24, 2017

Interesting Harmonies

We are covering dolce appassionato and presto sections and talking about the character, harmonies..

Kemal Gekic
Aug 22, 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

The Fingers are a Delivery System for the Wisdom of the Palm

Intimate contact with the keys, playing with the palm

Alan Fraser
Jul 14, 2017

Freely Floating Sound and Arm Weight

Alan shows how to get that rich full sound out of the piano

Alan Fraser
Jun 28, 2017

Exploring the Emotional World

Alan and Luba are looking into very deep emotions, feeling of despondency in the main theme

Alan Fraser
May 22, 2017

The World of Berceuse

We are exploring that touch and that feeling of 'tunneling the keys' in order to get the sound we want

Alan Fraser
May 10, 2017

Why The Less Flexible Wrist

You stop moving the wrist and music acquires this static quality

Alan Fraser
May 1, 2017

Sense of a Buzzing Color

Alan wants to hear all the voices and brings out more peculiarities of Debussy's composing style

Alan Fraser
Apr 5, 2017

Always Feel the Underlying Current of Sadness

We are beginning our journey into decoding Schumann

Alan Fraser
Mar 31, 2017

Asserting the Sound - Moving Before the Key Moves

The difference between solidifying the structure/internal movement and the sound we get by doing so

Alan Fraser
Mar 29, 2017

Internalizing Musical Intention

Today we are talking about inner organization of the hand in order to archive a special quality of sound

Alan Fraser
Mar 10, 2017

The Wrist Movement for Debussy

Alan shows a wrist movement totally opposite from what you would expect

Alan Fraser
Feb 24, 2017


Kemal is looking for a specific dirty sound and explains the difference between accents and non accents

Kemal Gekic
Feb 22, 2017

Getting That Debussy Sound

We are trying to understand and decipher that specific sound

Alan Fraser
Feb 12, 2017

The Balance of the Down and Up Forces

Alan explains how to balance out the sound, soundboard and Horowitz

Alan Fraser
Nov 15, 2016

Liszt-Liebestraum in A Flat Major - The Thumb Part 1

Another recent lesson with a focus on the thumb, orchestration and sound

Alan Fraser
Nov 14, 2016

How Do We Apply All This in Music

We are talking about phrasing, sound, horizontal playing..

Alan Fraser
Oct 13, 2016

Rachmaninov-Prelude in G minor

Valuable info on orchestration, sound, performance...

Alan Fraser
May 28, 2016

Liszt-Wilde Jagd Part 3

Alan is heloing Remon get a great sound and become one with the piano

Alan Fraser
May 9, 2016

Piano Walking and the Young Pianists

Alan works with a young student and explains the propper technique

Alan Fraser
Mar 14, 2016

Drop and Stand

Functional standing that gives us the quality tone

Alan Fraser
Mar 14, 2016

Making the Piano Sound Exceptional

Hand's structure and function and how does that relate to the sound

Alan Fraser
Feb 19, 2016

What Makes the Sound Louder

Asked by: hadarmo2

Alan Fraser
Feb 5, 2016
Alan Fraser
Jan 22, 2016

Elastic Hand - Playing From Within The Key

Melt your hand into the piano and get alive sound

Alan Fraser
Jan 15, 2016

Chopin - Nocturne Op 48 No 1

Entire, unedited lesson on Chopin's Nocturne

Alan Fraser
Nov 9, 2015

Musical Aesthetics and Technique Part 2

Part 2 and a small q&a session

Alan Fraser
Nov 4, 2015

Proactive Hand

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

Alan Fraser
Oct 27, 2015

Alive Sound

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

Alan Fraser
Sep 7, 2015