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Take It from Doctors: the Upper Body Matters with Piano

In his magisterial book The HandĀ Frank R. Wilson wrote, “From the perspective of biomechanical anatomy, the hand is an integral part of the entire arm, in effect a specialized termination of a cranelike structure suspended from the neck and the upper chest.” A prominent hand doctor and professor of medicine, Wilson was a ranking authority …

If Your Piano Technique had a “Walking Gait”

Pianists often find that forearm rotation as explained by Taubman Technique is counterintuitive. As much as I value the approach to piano embedded in the Taubman explanation, I share this complaint. The single and double terminology is inherently awkward to say the least, and also doesn’t steer the pianist toward a correlation between her body’s …