By Abby Whiteside

Abby Whiteside (1881-1956) built a progressive method of piano method, the assumption of a "basic rhythm" concerning the whole physique that permits scholars to precise the fundamental emotional rhythm of the tune, in addition to to play with out the chance of the wounds that often afflict pianists. Her rules on piano pedagogy stay crucial this present day.

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When there is absolute pitch, a note-wise procedure may intensify all these faultswhich means that it very frequently damages the highly gifted aural learners more than the average talent. With separate initiations of power by fingers, acute pitch perception reduces the listening to the the's, and's and but's of the music. A note-wise procedure cannot further a blended action of all the potentials for taking distance and furnishing the power for tone. A technique which encompasses the difficulties of the instrument must utilize the principle that a repeated action by a large lever can absorb actions by smaller levers.

This can mean nothing for the potential pianist but the development of sensitive listening through the use of a fundamental rhythm, and letting these two factors become indissolubly fused for making music. The orchestra is a wonderful place for observing this fundamental rhythm and the manner in which it channels the emotional response to the music. You can pick out the first-chair men by their swaying bodies as well as by listening to their lilting phrases. These men are full of rhythm and feeling for the music.

Feats in sight reading are accomplished only by people who work under the spell of a rhythm. I have been told of an orchestra that was rehearsing a contemporary score of great difficulty. There were multiple changes in meter and no one was getting the feel of the music except the flutist. " If only we could absorb that very fundamental and revealing truth we would constantly use the only productive technical means for learning to read music and play our instrument. Put a rhythm in your body and keep it going.

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