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Perfect complement for having had (typical) American piano teachers
July 2, 2016
It is amazing to me that such a little book can cover in easy-to-execute detail what seems to me EXACTLY what is usually left out of piano pedagogy for the typical American kid. My teachers were mostly focused on technical performance, speed, and perfection, kind of like Olympic coaches, but never mentioned how to imbue with music with soul and bring out what the composer intended. Mr. Lhevinne can actually explain how to holistically (i.e., with states of mind as well as mechanical techniques) achieve this, notably by explaining precisely how to achieve whatever kind of touch works to create a desired effect. (There are 3 different kinds of staccato mentioned!). Mrs.Lhevinne's intro is also helpful and is in addition funny. If you are a dedicated amateur pianist, this book could make all the difference in your playing.