Thursday, June 15, 2017

170615 Piano Fitness Introduction

Piano Fitness is conscious muscle rehearsal.

Piano Fitness Postural Fundamentals promote pure awareness, raising consciousness to include:

   balanced hips - sitting stably and securely
   releasing creative power - through the braced spine
   heart-intended sound - mapped from the mind through the fingertips.

Playing the piano represents the ultimate balance between :

                                                   Man             Machine
                                                   Mind            Body
                                                   Sound          Feeling

(PLEASE, correct me if the following statement is untrue) :

               The piano is the most sophisticated man powered machine in the world.

 The mind intends the sound and the body feels the sound.  Mechanically, the body's levers, from heart to hands through the fingertips connect to the piano's levers at the key surface.  The piano's levers are manipulated by the player to create the intended sound with an intended mass times an intended acceleration forcing the hammer to strike the strings.  (Force = Mass x Acceleration).  The player consciously chooses BOTH the amount of mass and  key acceleration speed to create the  intended sounds, from the very softest to the very loudest, with conscious muscle rehearsal.

170501- braced spine !

piano fitness runs in the background.

Every practice is conscious or unconscious muscle rehearsal.  Pure awareness raises consciousness to includes balanced hips - sitting stably- releasing creative power - through the braced spine - for the heart-intended sound - mapped from the mind through the fingertips.

On 170430, I learned about bracing the spine while reading "Becoming A Supple Leopard".
By including awareness of 20% core spine bracing, immediately the map to finger 2 was improved.  The hints of this mapping began in 0ctober 2015 after alternate nostril breath practice, when i began "seeing" my thumbs and 2nd fingers more clearly with the mind's eye. Slowly but steadily, this mind/body mapping to the fingers has since been under custruction.  With the braced spine awareness included in rehearsal, freedom from the heart through shoulders and arms to the fingertips is still being observed and changing the mind/body daily.