Nadia Lasserson - Piano Technique Doctor
Are any of your piano playing problems shown here?
1. My neck and shoulders ache after a short time.
2. I am double-jointed and find it difficult to achieve a comfortable hand position.
3. I can't play ascending scale passages evenly.
4. In fast passages I often hit wrong notes.
5. How can I play evenly? Some notes always seem louder or faster than others.
6. I can't play octaves accurately and my wrists hurt when I try.
7. How can I learn to play without looking at my fingers all the time? I keep losing my place in the music.
8. When I play wide leaps I always land on the wrong note.
9. I have difficulty playing sequential chords rhythmically and accurately.
10. One hand is always too loud and heavy.
11. My wrists hurt when I play octaves and wide chords.
12. How can I play a good staccato phrase?
13. My thumb hurts when I try to play scale passages fast.
14. How can I eliminate noise when I use the pedal?
15. The piano always sounds hard and brittle when I play. How can I produce an expressive warm tone?
16. I get very nervous when playing in front of people and make a lot of mistakes.
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Short Author Bio
Mann's Memorial Prize winner while a student at the Royal Academy of Music, Nadia is an experienced performer of concertos, lieder and chamber music and has a wide experience of piano teaching. Head of Keyboard and Chamber Music at James Allens Girls' School, Dulwich, England, Nadia also teaches privately and at Trinity College of Music Junior Department, London, England.
A festival adjudicator and an Examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Nadia is the founder of the London Piano Quartet (8 hands, 2 pianos). A firm believer in the value of ensemble playing for pianists, Nadia runs ensemble workshops in the UK and abroad
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