HOW TO UTILIZE PARTS OF THE BODY: Power Versus Speed
In playing the piano, different parts of the body are utilized according to the requirements of power and speed. The more power required, the more mass of the body is utilized. The more speed, the less mass is needed.
- Finger technique: When the utmost in speed is required, only the fingers will do.
- Arm technique: When massive strength is called for as in big chords, only the arms can provide enough power.
- Wrist technique: While not as powerful as the arms, the wrists are faster than the arms and more powerful than the fingers. For passages that require power and speed, the wrists can accomplish both.
IT’S ALL IN THE WRIST: The Secret to Dazzling Octaves
The wrists provide the right balance of speed and power for octave and fast chord work. Octaves are accomplished by positioning the hand in two perpendicular “C’s” which utilize the power of the arch for strength and support.