One of the Best Videos on Piano not by a Pianist

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How to Truly Listen - Evelyn Glennie

You're probably wondering why on earth I'm posting a piano technique video that is done by a non-pianist.  Years ago, when I first happened upon this video, I was not familiar with Evelyn Glennie.  Such a fabulous musician. And what a story.

There are many parallels here to Reese Piano Technique concepts, so I ask that everyone I coach watch it...several times.


What are the parallels between Glennie's technique and Reese Piano Technique?

  • A flexible hand and palm. No gripping or grabbing.

  • The entire body is always involved in the playing.

  • Colorful, expressive playing is achieved by action, not by arm weight, or strong fingers, or relaxation.

  • How to listen with more than just your ears.

  • Interpreting the score. The music is not the black dots on the page.

  • Start with sound and how to produce what you want to hear. Starting students out with reading and exercises is deadening to musicality. Sound first.

  • Have something to say, and say it.

In my article, The Piano…a Stubborn Mule?, I addressed the connection of inflection, expression, and color in our daily speech to achieving these same 3 things in our playing. That connection continues here.

This is an amazing story.  Enjoy.  And please comment below--let's start a discussion. In this soaring demonstration, deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie illustrates how listening to music involves much more than simply letting sound waves hit your eardrums. TEDTalks is a daily video podcast of the best talks and performances from the TED Conference, where the world's leading thinkers and doers give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes.

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