What Every Pianist Needs to Know About the Body Book
Author Thomas Mark, in the Introduction of the book, simply states, This is a book about how we move our bodies to play the piano.
Based on the concepts of Body Mapping by Barbara Conable and William Conable, What Every Pianist Needs to Know About the Body, takes a closer look at the needs of players of keyboard instruments whether piano, organ, harpsichord, clavichord, or digital keyboard. The text is based on a solid foundation of clinical work with keyboard players around the world.
The goal is to help keyboard musicians better understand the use of their bodies while playing. Anatomical facts, dozens of detailed illustrations, and excellent commentary by the author offer incredible insight into body mapping. These concepts are sure to bring about improved bodily awareness, a better quality of movement, and better, freer playing in general. The information provided in this book may also enable readers to avoid or cure injury without traditional medical treatments.
Also included in this volume is a section entitled "What Every Organist Needs to Know about the Body." Roberta Gary and Thom Miles, authors of this piece, address the special needs of organists, concentrating on the use of feet, legs, and hips as well as the arms and hands.
The principles in this book have the power to transform a keyboard musicians playing by helping to generate free, efficient movement, and allowing technique and talent to shine