I've been away from the piano for about 4 years and am just now able to start playing again. Prior to the hiatus I was majoring in music with piano as my primary instrument.

One of the things I had dealt with was overcoming rough technique I had picked up while still new to music (engaged fingers when they weren't needed, slouching or stiff wrists during certain passages, overzealous hits with the thumbs)

I'm looking for something which will help do the following:

1) Identify generally accepted 'best practice' techniques (rolling gradually pushing your hand forward during passages to keep the hand/fingers engaged / don't pull back your wrist while engaged in passages) 2) Provide exercises to develop those habits

I know there are tons of etude books out there but I'm looking for something which offers explanations/descriptions of proper movement/options and then suggests or provides ways to work on it.

Any ideal solutions to this?

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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the help center states that questions should not "request[] external resources (questions should be specific and answerable on this site; external links are for references and supporting material)." – jdjazz Dec 31 '17 at 2:49

I have a brief set of half solutions (they don't have exercises but they do discuss technique in-depth):

  1. Indispensables of Piano Playing by Abby Whiteside: she's particularly good because she stresses using your entire body as opposed to concentrating on your elbow down unlike many earlier teachers.
  2. The Pianist's Guide to Pedaling by Joseph Banowetz

I'd caution against placing too much stock in books; either seek out some videos, record yourself and watch it, or better, invest in a few lessons. If you don't know what to look for and can't see the whole image, it's easy to ignore/miss it and keep perpetuating bad habits. Good luck.

  • Thanks for the recommendations! After I get some/most of my proficiency back I'll definitely look to take a few lessons to work on the remaining bad habits. – Abraxas Dec 30 '15 at 19:06

This is going to be pretty short recommendation, have a look for video tutorials by "Graham Fitch". And to just add another one: "Edna Golandsky" I found some of her tutorials quite helpful.

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