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Piano Technique: Advanced Finger Exercises Paperback – March 17, 2002

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  • Paperback: 165 pages
  • Publisher: Tersun Press (March 17, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 098476285X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984762859
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,400,204 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The exercises are uniquely effective.  Each book is to be played sequentially, from the first note to the last.  Exercises of two, three, four, and five notes lead to thirds, sixths, and octaves, thumb-under, and double notes.  Technical skills are developed thoroughly and methodically, one step at a time.

The exercises are uniquely effective.  Each book is to be played sequentially, from the first note to the last.  Exercises of two, three, four, and five notes lead to thirds, sixths, and octaves, thumb-under, and double notes.  Technical skills are developed thoroughly and methodically, one step at a time. --Tersun Press

From the Author

It was during the winter of 1989-1990.  

One evening I went to the piano.  The music was open to the Chopin G-minor Ballade.  As I played, the piece did not feel entirely comfortable.  There were a few nagging technical problems. Suddenly, and without warning, many ideas came rushing into my head.  I grabbed sheets of blank white paper and began to write down my thoughts.  I couldn't keep up with the ideas coming into my head.  I knew it was the result of many years of practicing, performing, teaching, and, most importantly, thinking about piano technique.  How does one acquire it? Why do some have it and others do not? 

As my thoughts evolved, I began to sketch out some ideas on music manuscript paper.  Held notes and repeated notes.  The most effective exercises, the most effective means to acquire technique.  I remembered the Chopin etudes, and the preparatory exercises by Alfred Cortot and Leopold Godowsky. Held and repeated notes.  I remembered the simple three pages of exercises I had written out for my university students.  I remembered all of the technique books I had practiced, had looked at, had heard about.

During the next two or three months it all came together.  The ideas formed into coherent, logical forms, and it was the beginning of the birth my first book, Piano Technique: Advanced Finger Exercises. Later, after the white heat of inspiration had subsided, I used computer software to do the engraving and page layout of the entire book.

When it was all done, and after I had put the finishing touches on the preface, I felt a moment a profound joy and accomplishment.  I remembered it all started with a burst of creative energy I had never known before and have never known since. 

I truly believe, based on my own personal experience and the experience of many others, that there are no other piano technique books out there which are as comprehensive and effective.  I welcome you to the new world of piano technique.

With deep gratitude to my colleague and collaborator Eulsun Kim, for her passionate devotion to helping others realize their piano dreams.

More About the Author

Terrence Rust has devoted his career to discovering the most effective means for developing an artistic and expressive piano technique. He has written six technique books on three levels: beginning, intermediate, and virtuoso. Based on the idea that the only problem to be solved in playing the piano is how to go from one note to the next, the exercises begin in two-note patterns with all possible intervals from a minor second to the octave, with all possible fingerings.

The chapters, depending on level of difficulty, are (1) exercises in patterns of two, three, four, and five notes, broken thirds, sixths, and octaves, (2) exercises with the thumb passing under the hand and the hand passing over the thumb, (3) double-note thirds, sixth, and octaves, (4) extensions in broken chord patterns, and (5) double-note thirds, sixths, and octaves with a held, supporting finger, and more.

The exercises are in a logical and sequential order from the simple to the more complex, each one building on skills learned previously in preparation for what is to follow. Technical problems are introduced and solved gradually, step by step. All of the exercises are immediately applicable to the repertoire, resulting in rapid and significant progress. No other piano technique books are as comprehensive and profoundly effective.

Terrence Rust has maintained an exciting and diverse performing career. He has performed solo and chamber recitals, with orchestras, and on university guest artist series and community concerts. He is widely recognized as an outstanding teacher of piano whose students have been contest winners and have gone to their own careers in music. He studied at the University of Iowa and the Juilliard School.

Terrence Rust and his colleague Eulsun Kim have established Tersun Piano Technique and Tersun Press as the forums for presenting their piano technique workshops, lectures, master classes, and books.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Gallant on June 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
"I just played through chapter one of Piano Technique: Advanced Finger Exercises. It is beautifully written. The engraving and overall presentation are very elegant. I like the lack of text, though at first it seemed a bit austere and stark. Now that I have lived with it, I can appreciate it. There is a certain beauty in the flow of intervalic progressions of patterns, from the most basic interval of a second on. It has a nice feeling of unraveling through expansion. I proceeded through the Thumb Under chapter and on to the Double Notes chapter. I love it. What a wonderful chapter! By the time I finished it, I felt ready to play Brahms' `Paganini Variations.'
It was great to experience such strength and control after only a few brief exercises. I could not wait to dive into something with pyrotechnics so I could burn the fuel I had just acquired. Great stuff! I wanted to put double notes in everything I played today. Upon completing chapter four, Extensions, I examined the extension of a twelfth between the thumb and fifth finger that occurs near the end of the chapter. Out of context, this would seem very difficult and painful, but a natural sequence has been created that is both doable and pianistic. This book provides a complete set of building tools for any repertoire or recital. It is an empowering work for the established concert artist as well as the aspiring pianist striving for self-actualization. This is the definitive New Testament of piano technique."

* Joseph Gallant, NCTM, pianist and teacher
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