Alan Fraser

Alan Fraser

placeNovi Sad, Serbia

1149 videos

Born in Montreal in 1955 Alan Fraser studied piano but also delved into composition, cello, classical singing and had several stints as a pop musician. Alan’s main pianistic influence was the pioneering research of Phil Cohen who studied alongside Ronald Turini, Andre Laplante and Janina Fialkowska with Yvonne Hubert, who had been Cortot‘s assistant in Paris. Alan spent several years with Cohen after an apprenticeship with two former Cohen students, Alan Belkin and Lauretta Milkman.

The thumb is a foundation of everything

The thumb gives the arm a function, it builds it up while we play

Jun 4, 2024

Feel the intervals, don't just push the buttons

We need to see through the musical though, not just press keys at the piano

Jun 2, 2024

Continuous movement is the key

We are looking into the opening sequence of this nocturne and basically we don't want to push the buttons so to way only. We want to be continually orientated on the keyboard instead

Jun 1, 2024

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

May 27, 2024

Piano Somatics & Pianimals, the first piano method based on the Feldenkrais Method

Alan explains the contents of the five volume set of Pianimals books

May 26, 2024

Piano Somatics & All Thumbs: Well-Coordinated Piano Technique

Alan's introduces his third book, all about the thumb's crucial role in empowering the entire hand at the piano

May 22, 2024

Piano Somatics & The Difference Between an Olympic Runner and a Jogger

Alan discusses just what it takes for your piano technique to evolve past the hobby stage

May 20, 2024

Piano Somatics & Debussy's Claire de lune

Alan shows how to use hand structure and function to create a truly Impressionistic soundscape appropriate to the delicate emotions of Claire de lune

May 17, 2024

Piano Somatics - Making the Piano Sing

Alan shows how a hand that is better organized in its physical structure and function will make the piano sing more beautifully

May 10, 2024

Piano Somatics & Developing Velocity at the Keyboard

Alan shows us some of the underlying skill sets one needs to develop in order to play really fast passages

May 7, 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

May 5, 2024

Train your hand to the certain point and the ear will do the rest

Thinking mind is too slow, ears on the other hand can make the refinement

May 4, 2024

Instantaneous muscular explosion and good arm flow

We keep exploring the sound we want to make

Apr 19, 2024

Piano Somatics and scale playing

Alan asks whether the hand really passes over the thumb in scales... or not?

Apr 9, 2024