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  1. Lets add some food for thought... Would playing with flat fingers be considered a bad habit. OR what about playing with the thumbs resting on the wood, or fifth fingers pointing in the air, or elbows moving like bellows, or ..... Each of them work, but none are good. Most self-taught pianists have very bad habits for 2 reasons - not watching (really watching) good pianists, or not being taught by a good pianist. Bank tellers - those who work every dya counting and checking large sums of money are taught how to identify fakes in an unsual manner - and yet not. They are trained using only the original/real thing, day after day. When a forged note comes across there fingers it is identified immediately. This could be applied to piano players. You will never know the "perfect" until you have seen and been shown the original. The same goes for the violin - left wrists that collapse, elbows that are not tucked in, fingers not holding the bow properly. etc
  2. Hi, Im new to the forum and this one has interested as I am a piano player and will add what has been useful in shaping my playing. I have played Liszt'z Hungarian rhapsody No 6, I have memorised and played (with music minus one backing) the Rachmaninov Piano concerto No 2. I have played Beethoven's Appasionata sonata, to name a few and basically without a teacher. 2 of the above pieces I played as part of my repetoire in doing my university performers diploma. I finished high school in 1979 at the National school of music and basically stopped playing the piano - went to the Army, studied musicology, got married, had children, resigned form the Army (16years later) and after getting a private school started, started practicing in 1998 again. I started teaching music privately and I wanted to be in the same position as my students regarding the disciplines and motivation needed. I spent 4 years practicing up to 8 hours a day, 7 days a week. I started with scales, moved to technique and also onto some muscle building piano exercises so that I could cope with advanced repetoire. I never had a teacher and I just followed a few maxims. 1. Minimal movement - less is more - save your energy for when it is needed. No excessive elbow movements - preferable non at all. 2. If it hurts, stop. 2 types of pain, burny or stabby. A burning feeling is good - relax and let the blood flow - a bit like pushing weights at gym. If you experience any sudden sharp pains - STOP. rest a day or so and slow down your training. 3. Arm-wrist postition as natural as possible. If you can imagine your are hanging limply and your hands totally relaxed, you will see that your hand has a natural curve to it. Now just bend the elbow and maintain enough muscel pressure to keep the wrist firm, not tight and you should just about be ready to go. 4. Elbows. I try to keep a fist distance between ribcage and elbow - keeps elbows in correct position and allows the armpits to breathe - great for when you really work out. I found that eventually I could play faster (no extraneous mvt) and my body was in a good position to allow for fast movement. I did not pay attention to this type of teaching, this technique this book, those studies. I hated czerny but enjoyed Hanon ex21-31 and the Beringer exercises - now out of print. I did not study chopin, kuhlau etc. I also paid close attention to how my body looked and felt - all the time Hope that helps - even a small bit. Regards