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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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Integration and Exploration

Integration and Exploration

(p.231) Eight Integration and Exploration
Adaptive Strategies for Small-Handed Pianists

Lora Deahl

Brenda Wristen

Oxford University Press

Chapter 8 integrates the adaptive strategies outlined in previous chapters and presents tables that small-handed pianists can use to diagnose and resolve commonly encountered problems. These tables focus on broad categories where obstacles encountered by pianists with small hands can be found—chords, arpeggios, leaps, octaves, broken intervals, legato, and voicing. The tables outline solutions drawn from throughout the book, thus integrating a variety of approaches to each problem. The effectiveness of these tools in a particular context should be evaluated on the basis of sound, comfort, reliability, and ease of execution. Examples from the intermediate and advanced piano literature are used to demonstrate a synthesized approach to problem solving.

Keywords:   small-handed pianists, chords, arpeggios, leaps, octaves, broken intervals, legato, voicing, piano literature, problem solving

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