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You can learn piano up to 1000 times faster (!) compared to other methods. This is the first book ever written on how to practice at the piano. For hundreds of years, many teachers and other books taught you what techniques to acquire, but that is of little use unless you know how to acquire them quickly, as Mozart, Liszt, etc., did.

You can learn piano up to 1000 times faster (!) compared to other methods. This is the first book ever written on how to practice at the piano. For hundreds of years, many teachers and other books taught you what techniques to acquire, but that is of little use unless you know how to acquire them quickly, as Mozart, Liszt, etc., did.
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You can learn piano up to 1000 times faster (!) compared to other methods. This is the first book ever written on how to practice at the piano. For hundreds of years, many teachers and other books taught you what techniques to acquire, but that is of little use unless you know how to acquire them quickly, as Mozart, Liszt, etc., did.

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files lost - FoPP needs YOUR HELP

9/15/2019
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I am Henrik, the Podcaster and have a serious problem. Or let's say challenge - maybe YOU can help me. Now I ask if anybody out there is still listening on that channel and have the mp3 files still stored on disk, iPod, Phone or somewhere else. If so, please contact me, so we can put the audio-files back onto the server.

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FoPP 033 1.II.25 Hands Together and Mental Play

10/26/2007
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We can finally start putting the hands together (HT)! Some students encounter the most difficulties here, especially in the first few years of piano lessons. Although the methods presented here should immediately help you to acquire technique faster, it will take about two years to be able to really take advantage of everything that the [...]

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FoPP 032 1.II.24 Soft Pedal, Hammer Voicing and Physics of the Piano Sound

10/3/2007
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Grand pianos: The soft pedal is used to change the mood of the sound from percussive to more serene and gentle when the soft pedal is depressed. It should not be used solely for producing a softer sound because it will also change the timbre. In order to play pianissimo, you will just have to [...]

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FoPP 031 1.II.23 Damper Pedal

9/26/2007
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Practice any new piece without the pedal HS, then HT, until you can play it comfortably HT at final speed. This is a critically important method of practice that all good teachers use with all their students. It may seem difficult, at first, to practice musically without the pedal where it is needed; however, this [...]

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FoPP 030 1.II.22 Bad Habits: A Pianist’s Worst Enemy

9/19/2007
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Bad habits are the worst time-wasters in piano practice. Most bad habits are caused by stress from practicing pieces HT, that are too difficult. Many of the bad habits from HT practice are difficult to diagnose, which makes them that much more dangerous. Clearly, the best defense against bad habits is HS practice. Non-musical play [...]

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FoPP 029 1.II.21 Building Endurance, Breathing

9/12/2007
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“Endurance” is a controversial term in piano practice. This controversy originates from the fact that piano playing requires control, not muscle power, and many students have the wrong impression that they will not acquire technique until they grow enough muscles. On the other hand, a certain amount of endurance is necessary … http://www.pianofundamentals.com/book/en/1.II.21

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FoPP Summer-Break 07

7/13/2007
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Hello, this is Henrik from Berlin, Germany. I just want to tell you, that I’m going to have my summer-break until the end of August. I promise, I will read the complete “Part II - Basic Procedures for Piano Practice” in this year. I’m not sure - yet - if I’ll do more. I’d like to say here [...]

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FoPP 028 1.II.20 Weak Left Hand; Using One Hand to Teach the Other

7/5/2007
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Students who do not practice HS will always have a stronger RH than LH. This happens because the RH passages are generally more difficult, technically … http://www.pianofundamentals.com/book/en/1.II.20

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FoPP 027 1.II.19 Accurate Tempo and the Metronome

6/28/2007
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Start all pieces by counting carefully, especially for beginners and youngsters. Children should be taught to count out loud because that is the only way to find out what their idea of counting is. It can be totally different from the intended one. You should understand the meter signature at the beginning of each composition [...]

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FoPP 026 1.II.18 Fingering

6/21/2007
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You usually won’t go wrong by using the fingering marked on the music. Or, rather, if you don’t follow the indicated fingering, you will probably get into a lot of trouble … http://www.pianofundamentals.com/book/en/1.II.18

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FoPP 025 1.II.17 Importance of Slow Play

6/14/2007
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Having pointed out the dangers of slow play, we now discuss why slow play is indispensable. Always end a practice session by playing slowly at least once. This is the most important rule for good PPI. http://www.pianofundamentals.com/book/en/1.II.17

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FoPP 024 1.II.16 Dangers of Slow Play - Pitfalls of the Intuitive Method

6/7/2007
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Repetitive slow play can be harmful when starting a new piece. We stated in section II.1 that playing slowly, and gradually ramping up the speed, is not an efficient way to practice piano. Let us examine this procedure to see why … http://www.pianofundamentals.com/book/en/1.II.16

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FoPP 023 1.II.15 Post Practice Improvement (PPI)

5/31/2007
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There is only a certain amount of improvement you can expect during practice at one sitting, because there are two ways in which you improve. The first one is the obvious improvement that comes from learning the notes and motions, resulting in immediate improvement. … The second one is called post practice improvement (PPI) that [...]

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FoPP 022 1.II.14 How to Relax

5/24/2007
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The most important thing to do as you get up to speed is to relax. Relaxing means that you use only those muscles that are needed to play … http://www.pianofundamentals.com/book/en/1.II.14

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FoPP 021 1.II.13 Velocity, Choice of Practice Speed

5/10/2007
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Get up to speed as quickly as possible. Remember, we are still practicing HS … http://www.pianofundamentals.com/book/en/1.II.13 Could anybody write a custumer review in his/her country’s iTunes Store? Thank you bramm900 for your’s in the German Store! This is really encouraging! So folks support me in YOUR country. Write a custumer review in your country’s iTunes Store.

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FoPP 020 1.II.12 Learning, Memorizing, Mental Play

5/3/2007
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There is no faster way of memorizing than to memorize when you are first learning a piece and, for a difficult piece, there is no faster way of learning than memorizing it … http://www.pianofundamentals.com/book/en/1.II.12

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FoPP 019 1.II.11 Parallel Sets

4/26/2007
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Now that the LH CEG chord is satisfactory, try to switch suddenly from the chord to the quadruplet at several different bounce frequencies. You will now have to move the fingers but keep the finger motions to a minimum … http://www.pianofundamentals.com/book/en/1.II.11

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FoPP 018 1.II.10 Gravity Drop, Chord Practice, and Relaxation

4/19/2007
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Learning to play accurate chords is the first step in applying the chord attack … http://www.pianofundamentals.com/book/en/1.II.10

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FoPP 017 1.II.9 The Chord Attack

3/29/2007
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Suppose that you want to play the (LH) “do-so-mi-so” quadruplet (“Alberti accompaniment”) many times in succession, very fast (as in the 3rd movement of Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata) … http://www.pianofundamentals.com/book/en/1.II.9

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FoPP 016 1.II.8 The Continuity Rule

3/22/2007
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When practicing one segment, always include the beginning of the following segment. This continuity rule ensures … http://www.pianofundamentals.com/book/en/1.II.8

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