Brilliant Piano Finger Technique – Free Piano Lessons

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When listening to some of the great pianists of all time like Horowitz and Rachmaninoff, sometimes the fast finger passages sound almost jewel-like in the shimmering clarity of the notes. One of the secrets to developing this kind of technique is practicing slowly with raised fingers. You see, it is not just the placement of the attacks of the notes that creates this pristine evenness, it is the precise release of notes that gives the even spacing that creates the trademark sound that is so beautiful.

Try putting your fingers on a table and lifting each finger separately. You will notice how difficult it is lifting up individual fingers, particularly the 4th finger. By practicing slowly with raised fingers, you will develop the strength of the release of notes which will enable you to get that glistening stream of even notes in your fast passage work that is so compelling.
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20 thoughts on “Brilliant Piano Finger Technique – Free Piano Lessons

  1. I have tried this technique to warm up with Hanon 6th excercise. Clearly not overdoing it: just 2 or 3 octaves up and down without forcing anything. It seems that it is helped me to have immediate good warmth in my hand and gain better control in fast passages afterward.

  2. WarriorOfMetal RoadOfKings October 27, 2015 at 11:55 pm - Reply

    That technique give me tendinitis for live now I cant play piano anymore because the pain, be aware how do you pratic this "tecnique" it only an advice, the intent is not bad but could result in bad things, so people get a real teacher is is your will to play for real.

  3. The number of absurd comments on this excellent video is really strange. Here Mr Estrin is demonstrating perfectly standard piano-practice technique, as taught by any competent teacher, tried and tested over time, shown to work for virtually every student. Cue nutty comments. That's YouTube I suppose.

  4. Terrible and dangerous advice. The 3rd and 4th fingers are difficult to raise because they share a tendon – when one finger is un-raised, the other is incredibly difficult to move for this reason alone. Strengthening exercises like this are bogus and will only lead to injury because they are anatomically misguided.

  5. You are a good pianists,but your advice is very bad,and harmful.Even notes do not come from strong fingers,but from your sense of time.Isolating muscles like that is unnatural and harmful.

  6. Sephiroth7778 I'm sorry your naive enough to actually spark this argument up again. I have already told you and everyone why it's wrong, why should i waste my time researching other sites for you when i already know I'm right? I was simply trying to warn fellow pianists and beginners. I don't have to justify with PHDs and scholars, but how about you try asking one and see what they say? Since they are the ones who devote their lives to the study of their instrument and teach it daily.

  7. Kyle, I'm just a beginner that just so happened to watch this video and read your comments. To be sincere is hard to tell if you are just presumptuous fool or you know your stuff because whenever someone ask you for a deeper explanation you justify your claims by means of naming PHD and scholars. So please for the sake of clarity try to shed some light with a clear explanation or even an external link to why this technique is so wrong and produces the opposite effect or just stop it.

  8. Trumpet players, yes, trumpet players use this technique. Pound those valves down! And get them up quickly. And it works. Few instruments can match a trumpeter in full steam for speed

  9. Hmm… i'm not so convunce. For a start Horowitz played mostly flat fingered! Plonking scales down hard slowly like this is enough to kill anyone's joy of music. However, he is right about finger-release giving brilliance & clarity. Strange that it doesn't seem to work at all well on the demonstration Schubert imp-romp-chew!

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