Conscious Control in Piano Study

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Harold Flammer, Incorporated, 1921 - Piano - 99 pages

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very good analysis of the necessity to truly "study" a piece of music. the author points out (correctly) that it is absolutely necessary to train the mind to be completely focused on the task at hand if you want to make any progress. I found it helpful and insightful. But also rather dated.

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Page 58 - Never suffer an exception to occur till the new habit is securely rooted in your life. Each lapse is like the letting fall of a ball of string which one is carefully winding up; a single slip undoes more than a great many turns will wind again. Continuity of training is the great means of making the nervous system act infallibly right.
Page 35 - The lust for it is curiosity. The relation of the new to the old, before the assimilation is performed, is wonder. We feel neither curiosity nor wonder concerning things so far beyond us that we have no concepts to refer them to or standards by which to measure...
Page 37 - But somehow, in the case of dry kilns, circulation used to be taken largely for granted, and it is safe to say that in the majority of cases the air actually moved in the opposite direction from what it was supposed to do!
Page 79 - ... force and velocity, it never relaxes its grim grip from the first shrill dissonance to the overwhelming chordal close. This end rings out like the crack of creation. It is elemental. Kullak calls it a
Page 76 - Art and composition tolerate no conventional fetters : mind and soul soar above them.
Page 40 - A minor ; and although the following was not so commonly found in meloI dies as the melodic minor scale, it was impossible to object to its admission as a portion of the mere succession of scale notes.
Page 98 - ... light-waves reflecting the symbols of musical sounds strike the retina of the eye.
Page 27 - ... from the key of C major into the key of G major.

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