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Thomas Fielden on the aim of technical practice





One of the most concise and profound descriptions I’ve ever come across of what is needed in a good piano technique is this, from Thomas Fielden’s book, “The Science of Piano Technique”*.

“The aim of all technical practice must be the attainment of the greatest possible freedom of movement
with all the arm and its parts moving actively in coordination
and the inhibition of any impeding factors, whether in the nature of set positions
or of spasmodic nervous or physical interferences.”


Interesting that Fielden’s book was published in 1927 - two years before Otto Orttman’s remarkable and similarly pioneering work “The Physiological Mechanics of Piano Technique”.




*MACMILLAN AND CO. LTD. Reprinted 1949.

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