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    • #23103

      Hi all,
      I was wondering how to play p, pp or ppp.
      Is it passive? I don’t think so. Well then it is active! But how?
      For me, I feel that I have to hold back, to raise my torso, keep me straight to play piano. So it seems to me that it is active because one must oppose the thorax which collapses on itself in a passive way (elasticity). This effort thus resembles an eccentric contraction of the inspiratory thoracic muscles to play piano while to play forte it is necessary to perform an active concentric contraction of the expiratory muscles (thoracic and abdominal muscles).
      Would anyone have an idea about it too?
      Kind regards!

    • #23110
      Ronald Carson

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      I hope the link above link works. Scroll down and watch the Diamond A Exercises and watch it.

      I am not ready for that yet, but it lets you know that playing high notes passively us possible. I am still working in Allegro level C# singing C Exercises and D Exercises.

      I’m working to play these notes passively. I find starting from C below the staff (stave) to D in the staff and playing as slurred scales, I can. Playing D first note out, I play active support. I have to work on it.

      I don’t know if this has been any help, but keep practicing and learning and we will get there.

      • #23155
        Daniel OLeary

        I am finding allegro
        C# and D to be quite challenging.
        Something that is helping me considerably is that we have been through so many of these exercises at this point, and the exercises are so simply written , we can practice the principles involved without even opening up the program and even more importantly eyes closed and develope our own drills specific to what aspect we are working on.
        This whole programme is designed in such a way that the momentum trends towards higher and faster as the goal.
        Its more beneficial to work in both directions developing efficiency within your range as the goal.
        I Start the warm up at largo.
        Work all the way back up 1/2 step at a time. Loud and soft, fast and slow.
        If I don’t get all the the way back up to the exercise I’m currently working on so be it. Better to practice to and at my limit than past my limit on any given day and better to practice the whole range rather than locking my shape on to my present high note which for me is C# and D on the staff for the time being.although of late I’ve been accidently hitting harmonics a step or two higher than anticipated when things start falling into place as they occasionally do when and if you take Gregg’s stump grinder seriously.🎯🌈🕥

    • #24429

      I just watched this video, and I saw increased tension in some of the exercises. There is a red face, flared neck, and just the overall appearance of tension. It is worse with the louder notes. Is this just a reflection of tight corners and support? This is how I feel when playing much lower notes 🙂

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