Piano Techniques: Finger, Wrist, and Arm Functions – Josh Wright Piano TV

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19 thoughts on “Piano Techniques: Finger, Wrist, and Arm Functions – Josh Wright Piano TV

  1. Bethany McClenahan (Beth) October 27, 2015 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Hi, thank you so much for your great videos. Would you be able to do a video on the cadenzas from Lizsts Liebestraume no 3?

  2. I'm still new to playing the piano.(Been playing for a year). I was wondering if you could recommend a song that challenges my hands to move fast (Like in Black Keys or Moonlight Sonata 3rd Mov.) But stay in one octave? I'm still not at the point where i can movie my hands up 1 to 3 octaves while hitting 16th notes.

  3. Thank you for your video, that was really good! I have a question when it comes to fast passages though. Say Chopin op.10 no4 with all those fast fingering work. I have to play the 16th notes as light as possible, does it mean my wrist have to be very supple with all the fingers playing to the bottom of the key (to create a soft and solid sound) while maintaining the same arm weight? Hope this question makes sense and once again thanks for the video!

  4. I've have been searching for a long time for a good explaination of using arm weight. This is it! Thanks for sharing.

  5. Hey Josh, your videos are excellent.  Question – what technical advice did Sergei Babayan give you? (I believe you mentioned him in a video). I went to CIM and regret not having a lesson with him because his students (and obviously his playing) are fantastic. I'll never forget his concerts. I have always found that even when I communicate weight, there's a dull or lack of vitality/articulation in my playing. FF chords are especially difficult.

  6. Hey Josh. I really want to thank you for what and how you are sharing here! I´m a self-learner but have received piano classes in the past. A search for a better technique led me to this video but first to "Chuan C. Chang´s Fundamental of Piano Practice". Have you heard of it? What do you think of it? Thank you!

  7. hi josh, i appreciate your super helpful techniques.  But I still don't completely understand something: when we play something real fast like the Chopin etude Op 25 No 11 that you briefly demonstrated here, how do we still use the arm weight instead of wholly dependent on fingers?  Is it the wrist rotation that you mentioned?  My forearm tends to be REALLY stiff when playing fast, like fantasie impromptu and this etude.  how to keep loose when going fast?  Does the fantasie impromptu do the same wrist rotation?  Thanks!!!!!!

  8. I wish I could see you play repeated chords that aren't staccato.  I play Elton John type music and find repeated chords (even just triads) to cause me a lot of pain afterwards.

  9. Thank you Josh for your precious sharing. I'm a conservatory student and after I watched your videos, I realized that I can find many new things that can improve my playing outside the conservatory. 

  10. Josh: first let me say I love how you keep your humanness and vulnerability as you teach.  Second: this lightness of action thing can be so tricky, I am SO GLAD you broke it down.  I’m embarrassed (and frustrated) to say that as a big piano-hobbyist / always-wanted-to-play-for-a-living guy with 9 years of lessons, there are some runs in classical pieces that I have worked (off and on) for 15 years that I still don’t get.  (Liszt: Sonetto 104 del Petrarca) – UGH!

  11. Josh, this was a great session on something that I'm still trying to understand fully! Thank you! Congrats on your degree, Dr. Wright.

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