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Adaptive Strategies for Small-Handed Pianists$
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Lora Deahl and Brenda Wristen

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190616847

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190616847.001.0001

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Fundamental Principles of Movement and the Playing Apparatus

Fundamental Principles of Movement and the Playing Apparatus

(p.23) Two Fundamental Principles of Movement and the Playing Apparatus
Adaptive Strategies for Small-Handed Pianists

Lora Deahl

Brenda Wristen

Oxford University Press

Several scientific disciplines have contributed to a better understanding of how humans best accomplish tasks. Chapter 2 considers basic axioms and laws from the fields of ergonomics, physics, and biomechanics that impact piano technique. The chapter explores the anatomical design and function of the playing apparatus in language that is accessible to a wide audience. These observations represent powerful lenses through which the work of piano playing may be viewed because they are applicable to all pianists. Through identification and discussion of these tenets, this chapter aims to establish a foundation for understanding general physical and anatomical principles of effective and healthy movement so that the challenges of small-handedness can be clearly analyzed.

Keywords:   ergonomics, physics, biomechanics, piano technique, anatomical design, playing apparatus, healthy movement

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